In this blog I will explain why Black people should not be scared of space but should be excited about it. I don’t think Black people should be building weapons for space defense but should be sending up flares and welcome signals. I was first introduced to space stories and space speculation at 11 years old when my father took me to see Star Wars but it wasn’t until I was introduced to Zuro a tale of Alien Avengers by William Simms in my mid-twenties did I understand the full power of space stories as speculative fiction. Zuro a tale of Alien Avengers is a story about Black aliens who come to earth to liberate all Black people on earth. To this day it is my favorite fiction book. Zuro planted seeds in my imagination that led me to believe that something fishy is going on with what people think about life in outer space. In 1996 like half the country I saw Will Smith fight aliens in the blockbuster movie Independence Day. I like most people bought into the narrative of aliens from space coming to get us but now I feel I like every Black person was hoodwinked about their interpretation of space.
What are space stories? Well a space story is a story set in space or on another planet. Space is made of fact, fiction and legend. Space is the great sandbox for speculation because space is limitless. Space can host just about any story from westerns to horror. In the golden era of Science fiction more than half of the stories were set in space. Most of the fantasies were like James Camron’s Avatar filled with humanoid animal people. Space stories unlike stories set on earth have the luxury of still being mostly unknown. Space stories can take place in the future like Star trek or in the past like Star Wars.
Since the earliest science fiction movies space has been a popular setting. However, the repeated theme of invaders and attackers from space is a dominant theme. This is what I call the poison of western space interpretation. Whether it was The Day the Earth Stood Still or War of the Worlds writers of European heritage have showcased this doomsday view. Not only were the people from space white but their behaviors where similar to that of European sea faring explorers of the early 15th century. Just as Christopher Columbus wrote about his ability to conquer the natives the western space narrative is filled with life forms from outer space who want to do the same thing to humans. So, when most American’s black or white close their eyes they share the popular theme of a threatening life coming from space and a space fill mostly with white people. This is in contrast to earth being majority people of color.
The history of humanity is important to this discussion about aliens and Black people. Exhibit one: Egypt. Egypt is not only the oldest civilization in human history Egypt’s, achievements are so advanced that they are beyond the ability of comprehension of today’s scientists. The Pyramids are considered one of the wonders of the world. They are said that the technical design and size of the structures are beyond the ability of any human that has walked the earth implying that aliens to have built them. Next, Egyptians preserved themselves and the oldest mummified bodies have had dark skin and were Black people. So if you put those two things together you have belief that Black aliens built the pyramids or aliens built pyramids for Black people.
The next point in my position are the discoveries on the moon. Like the belief of the builders of the pyramids there is a belief that the Apollo moon missions were not what NASA says. There is a belief that NASA started the story that the moon landings were a hoax to cover up evidence of aliens and high technology on the Moon that was found by Apollo mission astronauts. They also believe there are pictures of a base on the moon and even a picture of a preserved alien body. They believe the body of this alien is a wait for it yes, a person of color or a black person. So, true or false it is a belief that there are Black humans in space and they have come as close to the earth as the moon.
If you put all of my points together and accept all of what we know about space is pretty much nothing there is no reason to not connect these dots at least in a speculative sort of way. If these dots are connected at least as a collections theories and hypothesises then you have one big theory that aliens are black. Thinking this way then is opens the question as to why these theories have not been connected? That brings me to my theory. I believe that Black people are in outer space and the government knows it and they are keeping that information from us. I think they don’t want people especially Black people believe that Black people on earth are the descendants of the Black people in space and that if these Black aliens come back to earth they see the position that Black people are in and then they will seek vengeance. Now, I don’t believe that they will seek vengeance but I do believe that the government or controlling powers believe they aliens will.
What does this mean for Science Fiction and fantasy? It means that there is a possible connection to my theory that explains why there is such a one sided view of space and aliens in science fiction. If you factor in that art influences how people think then you can accept that this new military space division that VP Pence has commissioned is a logic progression of sci-fi pushing fear of aliens. Now if you combine all of the above with a government which is capable of hiding the truth then you can see it is possible for sci-fi to push fear to people so they will support a military attack on any alien that comes to earth. Then apply American racism to that and you have a white government which is set to keep Black aliens from coming to earth. Wow, I know that is far reaching but it does make sense in a conspiracy theorist sort of way.
Welcome to Boss Lady’s Planet is my first space story and it is a Black space story that shows black people living in space. There is no mention of earth or racism. I wrote the story to allow Black people to imagine themselves in space.