By Cheryl Coleman
An all black female team from Washington D.C. high school entered the NASA Goddard’s Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. The challenge was to develop a way to purify lead-contaminated water in drinking fountains. The grand prize was a trip to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and a $4,000 stipend.
The ladies were so excited about this challenge because of the high levels of lead found in the school's water system. The team found out that they were one of the finalists and needed voters support, unfortunately, what they received was hackers with racist comments from an anonymous online website. The anonymous posts said the students did not deserve to be a finalist and the black community was only voting because the teens were black.
Three young, intelligent black women are developing a product that’s needed in our community. Something that will benefit everyone AND because they are black, some racist tries to rig the system. Of course, if the girls weren’t black, this wouldn’t be an issue, and I wouldn’t be writing this blog. It’s so sad that even with a brilliant idea, we are still looked at as less than.
Regardless of what happened to these young ladies, Congratulations for making it to the finals! You deserve it! Unfortunately, Flint still has no clean water, and three brilliant Black young women are trying to solve a significant problem here in Washington D.C. that has been ignored for many years, but racists have to step in to seek and destroy their dreams and hard work.
I believe the girls know that regardless of this horrible incident, they should never give up. They have a lot of people in their corner and know one day; they will change the world. #keepwinning #blackmagic