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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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