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Angry, probably incoherent, rant incoming.
This is insane. This is a workshop to dismantle white supremacy culture in schools. Just look at some of the things they consider white supremacy culture.…
I want to focus on a few of these "symptoms of white supremacy culture."
Individualism, Objectivity, Worship of the written word.
This is an attack on the Enlightenment. The written word is what advanced humanity, from the first scratches to count livestock or harvest to Sumerian Cuneiform and Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Writing developed independently in the Indus valley and the Yellow River valley in China.
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Two weeks ago we had #shutdownstem. About black Americans. In Science.

Let me be clear: Lab heads explicitly refer to foreign students/postdocs as “Slave Labor”!! I have this on audio, *repeatedly*, from interviews with leading biologists I conducted years ago for @ASCBiology.
We don’t remember anything from week to week. We don’t connect the dots. We just argue emotionally like we are doing in these pictures.

Let me tell you what would likely happen in the absence of visa access. Salaries would go up & US blacks/women/minorities would be hired more.
In short, many of those cut outs would turn Into Black faces. And Latino faces. And mothers with kids would be seen. Higher wages for research families. Homes. Cars. Medical plans would get better.

Also, labs could shrink. Taxes might rise.

It’s real life folks. Not a good cry.
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As the 1st BW to graduate from Yale astro w a PhD in astrophysics, I was asked to comment on the racist dept emails sent by senior faculty in this @buzzfeednews story. TBH, I wasn't planning to. Not surprising and not worth my time. #BlackintheIvory…
Then I remembered being a student there and watching blatantly racist things happen that I didn't feel like I could or even knew how to speak to. I remember wishing someone would stand up for my right to be there. Very often no one did; certainly not publicly. #BlackintheIvory
I remember vowing that if I ever got power in my field that I wouldn't squander it by only celebrating my scientific expertise, but that I would use it to encourage and create space for folx like me, who cared both abt people and the Universe. Oh hai power... 😎 #BlackintheIvory
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Last wk, we discussed how Western science is founded on anti-Blackness. Today, we share how Black ppl across the globe have always been at the forefront of knowledge creation, within/outside of/in resistance to anti-Black dominant institutions of science.
We intentionally couple these threads b/c while it’s important to name and work to dismantle the ways institutional science has exacted violence against Black communities, we need to also know about & celebrate how Black communities have BEEN doing science, BEEN making knowledge.
As a note, this thread is part of our #ScientistSolidarity Drive, calling non-Black scientists to support orgs/funds doing grassroots racial justice & abolition work. We're $800 away from hitting our $6110 match goal! #ScienceIsPolitical #BlackLivesMatter
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It took a few centuries after the crucifixion for Christianity to have its first ecumenical council at Nicaea.

What we've been going through over the past few years - and are now going through all at once - is an ecumenical verdict on the fundamental doctrines of liberalism.
Religion is a shorthand. Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Mormonism, and 17th century Japanese crypto-christianity are all "Christian" on some level.

Liberalism has long had different strands running through it. Rationalism, humanitarianism, free-market capitalism. These are all "Liberal"
What unites these strands is a discussion for another time. For now, let's talk about why Nature is calling to #ShutDownSTEM, why the UC system is forcing professors to sign diversity statements, and why "public health experts" have reversed guidelines on social distancing.
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This was y'all last night at the @AAS_CSMA #ShutDownSTEM Town Hall lol
On a serious note, thank you to everyone who was patient as we fought to screen everybody waiting to get into the meeting. We took extra precautions to protect the Black astronomers breakout room from racist attacks.
As far as I could tell, all the Black people who registered for the meeting were able to gain access to the room and had a pleasant time. My sincerest apologies to any Black folks who were not able to access the meeting.
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For #ShutdownSTEM #shutdownacademia we must discuss how to make TRUE progress in diversifying the STEM research pipeline. While recruitment/retention work needs to occur, why don't more Black and minority students WANT TO ENTER research careers? THREAD 1/n
A paper by a Black female student I mentor @christianah_med came out recently during Covid19 with little fanfare in @jmirpub #meded but relates to this exact topic so wanted to share here 2/n
This work was from my first R01 and at the intersection of many things I am passionate about #SoMe #meded #STEM #diversity – Can we use social media campaigns to inspire minority youth to consider research careers?… 3/n
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What’s police brutality and racism got to do with science?


A #BlackAndSTEM/#ShutDownSTEM/#ShutDownAcademia/#BlackLivesMatter multidisciplinary science megathread.
Did you know that studies have revealed that diversity drives scientific innovation? Another way to put that: The absence of Black people in science results in lower quality science. So says @nature, one of the world’s most prestigious science journals…
@nature Where are all the #BlackAndSTEM scientists? Racism blocks their way. While white males make up 40-60% of science Ph.D. students, the Black %s are usually in the single digits. Physics, astronomy, and Earth sciences are usually in the 1-3% range.…
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MSU student gov helps promote LOOTING as 'righteous' act
Prof at Hillary Clinton's alma mater makes the case for political violence
Academics nationwide #ShutDownSTEM because science is 'weaponized against black people'
Prof calls National Guard 'occupying forces'
Colleges, professors encourage students to donate to rioter bail funds
Just a sampling of the craziness on campuses today.
LSU prof pledges to 'drop' students who engage in 'hate speech'
Editorial board at public university calls for 'hate speech' to be 'barred' on campus
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1/ For #ShutDownSTEM today, our lab put aside research and crafted some concrete ideas for what we can do to help reduce anti-black/indig. racism, and more broadly, increase diversity in STEM. Our focus was local, specific acts to the lab. I wanted to share what we came up with.
2/ (Item 1) we decided that we could alter the way in which members of the lab are selected, in order to reduce the potential influence of unconscious biases and barriers that could potentially keep BIPOC from getting into the lab.
3/ Currently, the process is informal: ppl email me, and if I am impressed, I have a Zoom meeting and/or they give a talk and meet the lab. I then ask the lab's opinions, and make a final decision.
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Today for #ShutDownAcademia #ShutDownSTEM, the GEU and its coalition partners in the STEM community are calling for the removal of Stephen Hsu as VP of Research and Graduate Studies at @michiganstateu.
The person responsible for directing MSU research funding is a vocal scientific racist and eugenicist. This is shameful, and it is actively harmful to our research community. #FireStephenHsu
The following thread contains links to Hsu’s own posts and his own words. They are broadly organized into categories demonstrating positions of RACISM, EUGENICS, SEXISM, and CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
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Hopefully you all have reading lists for #ShutDownSTEM. But if you're looking for more, a short thread of work by Black scholars who have influenced my thinking and I recommend reading. This will be the only professional content I post today.
One personal comment: I screwed up in early engagement with at least one paper in this list, contributing to an exclusionary environment. I was wrong and caused harm. Planning how to not repeat that is some of the work I have to do today.
*Algorithms of Oppression* by @safiyanoble (NUY Press, 2018). Dr. Noble demonstrates and unpacks how algorithmic systems, particularly in information access,
shape what we know and understand about the world in ways that reinforce systems of oppression.…
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Although #ShutDownSTEM & #ShutDownAcademia is just for today (I do need to go back to work tomorrow), it was great to find this calendared resource from @Autumn_Bry which means I can carry on learning over the following weeks:…
And another huge list of articles and resources:…
More music: Jamrock by Damian Marley remains an absolute bop. David Rodigan closed a session with this in London and I've never felt a beat so heavy. Incredible sound.
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Statistical discrimination is not falsifiable because:
1.No perfect measure of individual productivity
2.No perfect measure of employers’ information set
3.No perfect measure of employers’ information costs
I've been teaching my students that you can never rule out statistical discrimination, so you cannot prove racism (taste-based discrimination). Now I think statistical discrimination is a cop out for inaction & the toleration of racial inequality. #ShutDownSTEM #BlackLivesMatter
This thread is also related to @marreguant’ excellent thread on H0, your null hypothesis: if your null is that there is no racism, and you have statistical discrimination at your disposal as an explanation, you can never confidently rule out the null.
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On #ShutDownSTEM #ShutDownAcademia day, some rambling thoughts on academia, inequalities, and power differentials. I've expressed some of these thoughts before, but it is a good idea to stop and reflect on this day.
The first thing that comes to mind after my short four years as a professor is that academia depends too much on volunteer work. Our work, and our time, is massively undervalued. Our students should get paid more. Professors should get paid more, especially in non STEAm areas.
I see this as a kind of exploitation: exploiting people's love for science and sincere desire to contribute to keep this giant academic machine running.

The folks who do the most work - the students - get paid the least, while publishers like Elsevier capture profits.
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Today we #ShutDownSTEM & #ShutDownAcademia. I'm going to spend most of today educating myself about the lived experiences of black people and listening to as much black music and comedy as I can, and I'm going to share it with all 301 of my twitter followers.
I'm going to start by reading through this document, completing as many of the action points that I can, and going through the resources linked to at its foot:…
And while I do that I'll be relistening to RTJ4 by @runjewels. My favourite tracks so far are holy calamafuck, walking in the snow and pulling the pin (feat. INCREDIBLE lyrics by the legendary @mavisstaples)
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Nachdem ich feststellen musste, dass mir ad hoc in meinem Feld (Mikro/Immunbiologie) keine Schwarzen Wissenschaftler einfallen, habe ich beschlossen, diese Wissenslücke zu füllen. Es folgt: ein Thread. 1/23 #shutdownSTEM #blacklivesmattervienna
In diesem Kontext muss ich erwähnen, dass bis vor kurzem Tausende Schwarze für medizinische Experimente missbraucht wurden (zB Tuskegee), ein abscheuliches Verbechen, das zu Misstrauen gegenüber Medizinern geführt hat und dessen Nachwirkungen immer noch spürbar sind. (2/23)
1. Wie vermutlich auch bei vielen meiner Kollegen ist die einzige Schwarze Person, deren Beitrag zur Wissenschaft mir schon vorher bekannt war, Henrietta Lacks. Das ist insofern besonders traurig, als das nicht freiwillig passiert ist. (3/23)
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Thousands of scientists are suspending their work today to confront and eradicate anti-black racism in academia and STEM.

#ShutDownSTEM #ShutDownAcademia
Thank you to @cosmojellyfish @sheydaipek and Tien-Tien Yu for talking to me about the movement, which was pioneered by a coalition of scientists who have long been doing the work of fighting anti-Black racism in academia, including @IBJIYONGI @iamstarnord.
You can hear more about that work in this @sotrueradio interview with @IBJIYONGI @iamstarnord.…
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For #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia, I want to pause and raise up black voices. This is a thread of books for those who want to read, podcasts for those who can listen, and video creators for those who can watch and learn about black experiences in academia. #BLMUK #BLM 1/n
Think systemic racism is only as problem in the US? Britain is the king of racism and we're better at pretending we're not. "Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race" is a difficult and frank read about racism in the UK. 2/n
Being not-a-racist is not enough. "How to be an antiracist" goes beyond this and transforms understanding into action to actively oppose existing systems and prejudices 3/n
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Today is #ShutDownSTEM / #Strike4BlackLives day, so let’s talk about what’s going so wrong in UK physics. Of *all* the physics academics in the UK, 𝟬.𝟭% are Black. (IOP, 2012)…
I'd argue that the anti-Black bias in UK physics starts long before people reach the ivory tower. Bear with me, the data are (a) depressing (b) difficult to come by — in the UK don’t collect/report ethnicity disaggregated data very often.
The IOP (@PhysicsNews) have collected data on the participation of Black students from GCSE to PhD, and compared representation to white students. There's *considerable* evidence that from the age of 15, the UK education system fails Black students.…
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Today we #Strike4BlackLives. Organised by physicists including @iamstarnord & @IBJIYONGI this is a day to #ShutDownAcademia & #ShutDownSTEM in solidarity w Black colleagues, Black students & Black people who are excluded from academia (📸: shutdownstem) 1/ Strike image courtesy of #shutdownstem
Learn more about #ShutDownSTEM 3/
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🎙LIVE FROM #SACRAMENTO, it’s #science #trivia night! Welcome to @TriviaWithBens hosted for #CapSciCommLive🌶️! Follow the game here on Twitter (@CapSciComm Prof/Student Members gain call access:…). Tonight's theme: Numbers, in honor of our 10th game! [1/n]
🎙@TriviaWithBens Rules: No limit on how many people to a team—solo, with family/roommates, or virtually with friends! Come up with your team name and have a great time. Tweet selfies of your team all night long by tagging @TriviaWithBens and #CapSciCommLive 🌶️!
🎙@TriviaWithBens Rules for #CapSciCommLive 🌶️: We will score answers after each round. Y'all are on your honor to score your own sheets. No checking your phone/internet or your home bookshelf for answers while playing! This isn't a Google-contest 😂🧐…
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In preparation for #ShutDownSTEM tomorrow, 10 June, @ScienceMagazine Science has made the following articles available without subscription or registration to help facilitate discussion.
"As more organizations and industries adopt digital tools to identify risk and allocate resources, the automation of racial discrimination is a growing concern."
How a health care algorithm reflects underlying bias in society in this #SciMagPerspective:
In New York City, Latino and black people have been twice as likely to die from #COVID19 as white people. Research shows that this current pandemic is not atypical in hitting poor and marginalized communities harder. @NewsfromScience
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I hope you will be rigorous about this and produce detailed evidence of your ongoing contributions to systemic oppression rather than sit around burbling about a magical, invisible thing called 'whiteness' that works in mysterious ways whenever white people do or say anything.
I'm not claiming to be victimised by this shit. I don't care if other people include me in their theologies of original sin or total depravity or whatever. But if #ShutDownSTEM makes it harder to do:
1) actual anti-racism &
2) actual science,

that will be a shame.
Seriously, people, Robin DiAngelo is not your friend if you want to do anything that could actually reduce racial disparities. If you want to ponce about feeling like you're 'disrupting hegemonic discourses' by prostrating yourself or whatever, she's definitely your girl, though.
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