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πŸ‘πŸ½ ⁦@joshua_roebke⁩! πŸ‘πŸ½
β€œUnlike the city of Cleveland, the demographics of physics have barely changed. The subject has long been a refuge for immigrant but physics was gentrified by Anglo-Saxon men long ago, and it remains their colony still.”…
β€œToday, more than three quarters of students in the subject are white, and more than 80% are men. That is the standard model of a physicist. The only college major with a lower percentage of either black or female students is music.”
β€œBut physicists are rarely so political today, even though they adopt the language of resistance. They anoint their theories as revolutionary or radical, even when nothing is overthrown and no one gets hurt. They appropriate the cachet of revolutionaries, much as advertisers do”
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My mentions are full of tweets about Snitchtasha, so I wanted to put something positive out there: my work! This week was a big week for me because FOUR interviews with me were published. First I refreshed my website (interview links follow):
The first interview to release this week was a super thrilling interview with the glorious and distinguished SUNY Albany Professor Janell Hobson in Ms. Magazine. Prof. Hobson really let me think out loud about what it means to be #BlackandSTEM.…
Next came a discussion with @gregmepstein for @TechCrunch about #decolonizeSTEM and #diversity in #technology. Greg asked super thoughtful questions!!…
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Since the physics of melanin is in the news, thought I’d point out that I wrote about this a few years ago…
Importantly, eumelanin can be harvested without using humans at all, so don’t worry, your skin isn’t needed :-)
Although we should genuinely be concerned about how this could affect cuttlefish populations and what the prospect of cuttlefish farming could do to ecosystems
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Postscript: I will be writing about this in my book #DisorderedCosmos :-)
The moral of the story is: folks in Black studies should be using analyses by *Black scientists* as a starting point for their physics analogies, rather than relying solely/primarily on what white scientists say. Ignoring the existence of Black scientists is a form of erasure.
Black scientists exist in 2019 and are not just the stuff of the AfroFuturist imagination. We exist now. And we have existed for a long time. Scientific thought is not new to Black people. White people did not introduce science to Black people.
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