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ONCE IN A LIFETIME DOCTORAL THESIS OPPORTUNITY AT YALE'S DEPARTMENT OF ETHNOPHYSICS STUDIES

How to destroy scientific achievement in the United States while the communists in China and Russia win the war…

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Secondary Considerations:

There is a demonstrable lack of diversity in physics which can be analyzed statistically using “the theory of disparate impact.”  It is hypothesized that this analysis may show that the percentage representation of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color in physics does not equal or exceed that cohort’s percentage representation in the general population.

Physics is erroneously rife with “expectations” around the use of mathematical rigor which may not be fully accessible to Black, Indigenous, and other people of color based on assumptions regarding their segregated and educationally deficient background at the hands of a systemically racist White-dominated society.

And, those White heteronormative cis-gendered physicists who engage in the “practice and promotion” of physics within a White culture exhibit “different” manners, clothing, hair, professional attire, language, and diction than those of similarly situated Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.

The thesis can serve as a media-exploitable platform to develop an actionable anti-racism plan for organizations engaged in the funding and practice of physics.

An unparalleled opportunity to influence attitudes and expectations, set standards, and provide benefits to physicists who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; and to build an inclusive, equitable, and accessible community of physicists. Secondarily, to combat racism, discrimination, and the harassment of all Black, Indigenous, and other people of color in physics.

For more information, contact: Muhammad X. Shakalaka at extension 666.

If you believe this is not happening in the hard sciences…

An actionable anti-racism plan for geoscience organizations

Hendratta N. Ali, Sarah L. Sheffield, Jennifer E. Bauer, Rocío P. Caballero-Gill, Nicole M. Gasparini, Julie Libarkin, Kalynda K. Gonzales, Jane Willenbring, Erika Amir-Lin, Julia Cisneros, Dipa Desai, Maitri Erwin, Elisabeth Gallant, Kiara Jeannelle Gomez, Benjamin A. Keisling, Robert Mahon, Erika Marín-Spiotta, Leiaka Welcome & Blair Schneider

Abstract

Geoscience organizations shape the discipline. They influence attitudes and expectations, set standards, and provide benefits to their members. Today, racism and discrimination limit the participation of, and promote hostility towards, members of minoritized groups within these critical geoscience spaces. This is particularly harmful for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color in geoscience and is further exacerbated along other axes of marginalization, including disability status and gender identity. Here we present a twenty-point anti-racism plan that organizations can implement to build an inclusive, equitable and accessible geoscience community. Enacting it will combat racism, discrimination, and the harassment of all members.

[OCS: This is straight from the communist playbook. Infiltrate the institutions of your enemy, rendering them ineffective, and sowing chaos and dissension in the ranks. Promote meaningless science while the enemy achieves impressive gains unhindered by artificially-created résistance to progress.]

Background

Racism thrives in geoscience. Geoscience organizations function alongside the same racist ideologies and practices shaping society.

[OCS: The following paragraphs are not science, it is the introduction of critical race theory in the hard sciences.

It is an example of the historically ignorant. One, slavery and the conquest and retention of captured lands is a centuries-old practice. The “slaves” were imported by the British as a form of agricultural labor and were facilitated by “people of color” who acted as slave masters. Moreover, many of the indigenous people also conquered lands and kept slaves.

Note the rhetorical trick of the dishonest authors as they start the story with horrible tales from the past, skip over two centuries of social and racial progress, and then put forth a false equivalency to today’s events.

Even worse is the use of projection that ascribes their intent and actions to their opposition. Truth be told, the Democrats were the party of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK, and the fight against civil rights legislation. Yet they are the ones pointing to their opposition and proclaiming them guilty of their very own racist behavior. ]

In North America, the historical legacy of racism—for example: the enslavement of Black people, forced migration of Indigenous peoples, the internment of Japanese Americans, and detainment of Latinx, immigrant children—is intertwined with our systems of power. The imbalance of power dictates who has access to resources like inherited wealth, clean water, adequate nutrition, healthcare, effective education, and who is policed, imprisoned, and killed. Many people around the world become confronted with these realities of racial power dynamics only when they see graphic recordings of people of color (POC) who are murdered, discriminated against, or harassed in viral internet videos. Summer 2020 became a unique key moment of reckoning when several viral videos of the harassment and murder of Black individuals in the US ignited global protests decrying racism.

[OCS: This is a universal, global, pheonmenon that is ingrained in human behavior where the strong dominate the weak and those in power use every means at their disposal to stay in power. Likewise, those out of power use every means at their disposal to displace those in power and become the dominant force.]

Racism has led to the geosciences becoming one of the least diverse among all science and engineering fields. Thus, as is often the case following a national tragedy, numerous organizations—professional societies, colleges, departments, industries, labs, government agencies, and non-profits that house the geoscience community—released statements calling out societal racism and discrimination that unavoidably permeates into geoscience culture. However, these statements often fail to account for the sustained historical efforts, made by Black and other minoritized geoscientists to diversify the discipline and whose efforts in many instances have been forgotten, ignored, and erased.

[OCS: One might say that Racism has led to the "studies programs" becoming one of the most virulent sources of hostility and racist behavior among all the social science and politically-based educational disciplines. True academic freedom and free speech are not tolerated.]

We assert that these statements of support, though important first steps, are generally ineffective at assisting minoritized people (e.g., Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC), disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and genderqueer (LGBTQ+) people, foreign nationals, and/or women) in fighting racism or discrimination.

Certainly, the significant lack of diversity in the geosciences cannot be addressed without effective actions that first address racism and its effects on access, inclusion, equity, and justice. While the geosciences have unique structures that may exacerbate racism and the exclusion of minoritized communities (e.g., in field-based education, and access to remote location fieldwork), the geosciences are not unique, as a discipline, in the inherent racism within its systems. Thus we believe this plan is also applicable to other disciplines. Similarly, in addition to focusing on anti-Black racism, geoscience organizations must also consider and engage with how other historically underrepresented, marginalized, and other POC groups have been excluded from the discipline, and then take a more proactive approach to inclusion.

[OCS: Some fields attract certain types of people, independent of their race, sexual identity, and gender expression. The is no such thing as “equity” in science because you can never guarantee the equality of outcomes.]


Published in Nature Communications volume 12, Article number: 3794 (2021)

To read the full paper in context: <PDF>

Bottom line…

I call bullshit! There is little or no doubt in my mind that this is part of the communist plan to destroy rigor in science by introducing racial elements having nothing to do with science and everything to do with crippling scientific achievement in the United States.

Stand up and tell the truth as you see it. If they label you a racist, so be it. Everybody that does not accept their teachings and involuntary servitude is labeled a racist. The progressive communist democrats do not care about race, they care about power and censoring those that oppose their evil ways.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


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