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New Course at U. New Hampshire Will Teach About ‘Racism in Science’

New Course at U. New Hampshire Will Teach About ‘Racism in Science’

“Racism in science is like racism in all other aspects of our society.”

The left is coming for the hard sciences. This is just the beginning.

Campus Reform reports:

New course will teach UNH students about ‘racism in science’

Declaring that science is not necessarily “culturally neutral,” academics at the University of New Hampshire are offering a new course about anti-racism in STEM.

Natural resources professor Serita Frey and graduate student Emily Whalen are teaching “Anti-Racism in Science: Promoting an Inclusive and Equitable STEM Community” in the spring 2021 semester.

The course — a graduate “Hot Topics” seminar — will detail the history of racism in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to the university’s course database, the class will be open to 100 students.

“Racism in science is like racism in all other aspects of our society. As we say in the course syllabus, science is often viewed as ‘culturally neutral,’ and scientific information is often presented as objective and unbiased,” explained Frey in an interview with UNH Today. “However, science, like every other human endeavor is subject to the biases of its practitioners.”

Frey — who chairs the College of Life Science and Agriculture’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee — added that “all of us in the U.S. were raised with a 400-year history of racism and thus we all hold biases, implicit or otherwise.” As a result, it is difficult for “Black, indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC) to enter and fully participate in STEM disciplines.”

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Sorry snowflake, but this issue is how the kids were raised and not about Whitey being mean. If anyone is at fault, it is the parents of the underachievers. If the PoC cultures want things to be different, then it has to start with them. In my culture, kids are solid readers even before they start school because as parents we spend hours and hours reading to them and teaching them about the world.

When Rap, basketball, and the crack pipe stop being the priority, things will get better. As my dad taught me, just look at poor people and what they do, and then do the opposite.

    jb4 in reply to MajorWood. | April 7, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    STEM subjects are not easy and accepting half-assed results gets you computer programs that do not work or bridges that fall down. The toughest Math tests that I ever took were open book tests that you had a week or so to complete. When I subsequently took professional exams, I was identified only by a number to those marking them – no Affirmative Action there.

    Maybe if we had nationwide School Choice with every parent having the public school dollars to buy his child’s education anywhere he could get into, the competition would eventually help address this issue. Ghetto schools with teachers who are not proficient in STEM subjects will give you a predictable result.

NorthernNewYorker | April 7, 2021 at 1:22 pm

“[I]t is difficult for “Black, indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC) to enter and fully participate in STEM disciplines.””
As a lecturer in chemistry, I can tell Dr. Frey that plenty of White people have difficulty too. Someone should call her out for presuming to speak for minorities. I’ll bring the popcorn.

henrybowman | April 7, 2021 at 5:04 pm

I could put together a pretty good course about Racism in Science.

Our first case study would be the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, a federal government program began in 1932 by the administration of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, which exclusively used black males in Alabama as guinea pigs to “observe the natural course of untreated syphilis.” The subjects were told the study would last six months (undoubtedly just to “flatten the curve,”) but it lasted 40 years (presumably, “until a vaccine is available” — no, wait, penicillin was known to cure syphilis by 1947, yet despite the program lasting until 1972, none of the “patients” were ever given it).

None of these black men were told they had (or had been given) syphilis, and (ironically) they all believed the government’s blandishments that the purpose of the program was to provide them “free health care paid for by the federal government”… despite the fact that the government never gave them anything but placebos and flim-flam.

The experiment was shut down by the Nixon administration, having been run (with the exception of Eisenhower) exclusively under four Democrat administrations.

Are you listening kids? Because there’s a test, it’s already started, and you’re in it.

Please excuse my casual racism:

∀ x, n ∈ ℕ: if x^1/n ∉ ℕ then x^1/n ∉ ℚ

Think positive. Natural scientists have been enabling these people for decades. Now that they know they are no longer immune, perhaps they will use their science for critique.

    henrybowman in reply to tbonesays. | April 8, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Nope. Critical physics theory demands that we must all blah, blah, blah…

    1. Order these natural forces in order of strength:
    a) Strong Nuclear
    b) Weak Nuclear
    c) Electro-magnetic
    d) Gravitational
    e) Racism

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