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"White empiricism."
This seems to proceed from a belief that relying upon evidence in physics is a "white" construct that excludes black people, especially women, and requires racializing.…
I have no words. Yet...
Dr. Valerie Horsley is in the process of learning that one simply cannot be woke enough. I'd eager she has a fair chance of losing her job over stating simply and truly enough that the pool of applicants is small.
This isn't insanity. It's a power grab. That it works is insanity.
I feel moved to explain to @ValerieforCT what's happening here, according to Theory. Why and how Theory has already made allyship problematic, and that's one thing she's being attacked for ("positioning herself as a good white," it's called). But I'm so tired.
I'd love to explain to @ValerieforCT how Theory has concluded by circular reasoning that existence of any gap is proof not just of discrimination but also of an entire systemic power structure that holds certain groups down while keeping others up.
What @ValerieforCT doesn't know is that to not understand systemic racism in the paranoid, circular, cynical way that critical race Theory and intersectionality do is to prove your own participation in that system of racism and failure to do one's required antiracism work.
It's not clear whether the struggle session @ValerieforCT is being put through will actually teach her anything about how she went wrong, and she can't ask for explanations because that would be exploitation and further proof of her uncritical involvement in the racist system.
I want to explain all this, but I'm tired. And it won't save her anyway.
She's going to lose her job over this. Or at the very least be put through a pile-on from hell and have to make groveling apologies then go to re-education.
Props to the good doctor for flipping the usual theme of epistemic exclusion around while still drawing the same conclusion: systemic conditions exist such that whites are epistemically advantaged and black (esp women) are disadvantaged. Dotson did it better, though.
Well, this is unfortunate. Expected, but unfortunate. It also is unlikely to be good enough.
Oh well. I wish her luck.
The correct interpretation of the views in the paper is a bald assertion that physics is already racialized by white people/white empiricism and needs to be "deracialized" to fix this, not that physics should be racialized.

This is a distinction without a difference.
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