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‘Trust the Science’ Takes Another Hit After Woke ‘Scientific American’ Magazine Strikes Again

‘Trust the Science’ Takes Another Hit After Woke ‘Scientific American’ Magazine Strikes Again

“The ‘terrifyingly ordinary’ nature of football’s violence disproportionately affects Black men,” an article in the magazine suggested after the collapse of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin.

The collapse of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin on the field in the first quarter of the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals last week was unquestionably terrifying, first and foremost to Hamlin, but also to his family, his teammates, his community, the NFL, and the nation, all of whom have rallied around him in the aftermath with an outpouring of love and support.

While Hamlin’s ongoing recovery from what’s been called a cardiac arrest has been nothing short of remarkable, the woke hot take that came from “Scientific American” in response to his injury left a lot to be desired:

Though the author, Duke University assistant cultural anthropology professor Tracie Canada, acknowledged that one reason for the allegedly “disproportionate” nature of violent hits affecting black men being because there are far more players of color in the NFL, she also laid the blame on what she called “racial stacking”:

Non-white players account for 70 percent of the NFL; nearly half of all Division I college football players are Black. Further, through a process called racial stacking, coaches racially segregate athletes by playing position. These demographic discrepancies place Black athletes at a higher risk during play.

Throughout her piece, Canada cited fellow wokesters who agreed with her like sociologists Billy Hawkins and Harry Edwards:

On these playing fields, ones that sociologist Billy Hawkins would argue are never theoretically far from plantation fields, financial stakeholders value Black bodies for their productive potential and physical prowess.


In the words of sociologist and activist Harry Edwards, “like a piece of equipment, the black athlete is used.”

Interestingly, though this article was published in the purportedly respectable Scientific American magazine, not a single scientific argument was made to support Canada’s case that there was a racial component to this beyond the fact that more black players are in the NFL than white, as she even admitted:

While I am not aware of research that compares the rate of injury between Black and white football players, heatstrokes, ACL and labrum tears, ankle sprains, bone breaks, and concussions are just a few of the consequences of how these bodies are used.

Understandably, Canada’s claim was widely mocked and ridiculed, including by former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy among others:

Others correctly pointed out that Scientific American has become an “embarrassing joke” in recent years due to an increased obsession with “progressive wokeness” and like many other scientific publications and institutions shouldn’t be taken seriously anymore:

For instance, over the summer, Scientific American slammed NASA for ending their “Pronoun Project.”

Also, in June 2021 SciAm removed an anti-Israel op/ed from their website after criticism from other scientists, some of whom called out the magazine for “falsifying facts.”

They’ve also admittedly colluded with the mainstream media on politicizing the climate change debate.

They’ve also alleged that there is an “anti-fat” bias in the medical community primarily because some physicians dare to point out to their patients that losing weight could help them become healthier and perhaps experience fewer physical problems.

In a related piece, one author proclaimed that “you can be fat and fit at the same time.”

Not surprisingly, they’ve also gone woke on the gender identity politics front, stating that it’s “transphobic” for anyone to suggest that men who identify as women should not be allowed to play in women’s sports.

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The Gentle Grizzly | January 8, 2023 at 4:09 pm

What is “cultural anthropology “?

Antifundamentalist | January 8, 2023 at 4:33 pm

Of course the “violence” that affects them is something they subject themselves to willingingly and are in turn are very well compensated at the professional level.
Do they think that black men should be deprived of the financial opportunites that football affords them?

Being a black football player is dangerous job. It’s almost on par with being a white first grade school teacher.

All Seeing Eye | January 8, 2023 at 4:54 pm

So the statistical resolution to this so-called ‘issue’ is to sack black players and replace them with White people. End of problem.

So are they saying there are no black NFL players who have had their eye on being in the pros since elementary school?

The Gentle Grizzly | January 8, 2023 at 4:58 pm

Another case of “they don’t know what’s good so we must take caaare of thrm”.

Exactly!!! Put more trans persons on the field!!

They deserve “a break” (or two)!!
Level that play(er)ING field!!!

    #FJB <-- Disco Stu_ in reply to jmt9455. | January 9, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Need more womyn, more gaze, more transies! More equitable JUSTICE to all marginalized persons!

To achieve net zero DEI, a racial offset credit system could be employed where designated white players are deliberately injured for equity.

Strange, professional football doesn’t seem to be among the death professions, and surely enjoys a much higher compensation rate.

Also odd is that we don’t see a desire to force professional sports to reflect the racial make up of the rest of the population.

Can the professional athletes just be left alone to do what they would like and be compensated by market forces.

P.S. Stop forcing them into medical decisions that are decidely in their worst interest, because old fat white dudes are afraid of the sniffles.

I’ve never been able to understand a single article in Scientific American.

Steven Brizel | January 8, 2023 at 5:47 pm

The magazine should be called Woke or Junk Scientific American

I see what you did there.
Reminds me of a soccer linesman in
9 y/o girls game.
Boy he loved to raise that off sides flag….

Wait till more black football
Players start dropping and it’s really the shot

Ho Lee fuk

Two interesting articles came out this week:

1. “Damar Hamlin’s Collapse Highlights the Violence Black Men Experience in Football”

2. “Abby Zwerner’s Collapse Highlights the Violence White Women Experience Teaching Black Children in the First Grade”

    Paula in reply to Paula. | January 8, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    Everybody is praying for #1 because football players are heroes. The President of the United States even visited and spoke at length with Hamlin’s parents. But Biden said he’s never heard of Abby Zwerner.

A long time ago, I read Scientific American every time I got my hands on it. It was about science, then.

    Otto Kringelein in reply to Valerie. | January 8, 2023 at 11:56 pm

    A long time ago, I had a subscription to Scientific American and looked forward to the journal arriving in the mailbox every month. You’re correct, back then It really was about science. Now it’s just another PopSci magazine pushing the latest science fads and fashions. Too bad that.

Playing in the NFL is “theoretically like being on the plantation.”
– academia

“We live in a Disneyfied Leninist-Maoist re-education camp.”
– me

George_Kaplan | January 8, 2023 at 6:34 pm

Are there any legitimate science magazines left? What about YEC ones? They haven’t succumbed to the Left’s substitution of Woke indoctrination for science. 😀

“J. Duh” never fails at pure amusement. It is best used at the end of seminar presentation which is neither interesting, novel, nor significant. A member of the audience will raise their hand and ask if they plan to submit these reults to “J. Du-UH?” It usually signifies the beginning of the end of a scientific career.

All science magazines and journals are connected to academics, so all are susceptible. We are on the way to another era of Lysenkoism.

“”The “terrifyingly ordinary” nature of football’s violence disproportionately affects Black men””

Except for quarterbacks. I wonder if anybody’s done an actual analysis of career ending injuries by position?

    henrybowman in reply to txvet2. | January 8, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    They already anticipated this approach with their “racial stacking” claim.

    The comedy of these baffoons is that the NFL had few black players until later in its existence. And most black players have become millionaires.

    But “Scientific American” knows better. Their communist handlers just want to destroy everything American in their way to taking us into slavery.

Someone should tell this lady that virtue signaling does not hide racism.

I think that these racist team owners need to reduce the number of Black football players to the proportion of Blacks in the general population. Equity demands that Blacks not get more than their population proportionate share of football injuries. Anyone losing their jobs can do as Biden suggests and code software or take up the new occupation created by Democrats, shoplifting. /s

“Are there any legitimate science magazines left?”
I’ve read neo-Nazi “racial science” tracts that make more sense than SciAm.

How absurd. Football is a collision sport, injuries occur, despite the many layers of mitigation; safety equipment modernization, on field rule changes, injury protocols. The NFLPA does a pretty good job of working with ownership to adopt reasonable measures to increase player safety.

If we want to use statistics and draw conclusions then let’s start with male v female. In nearly every major stat that tracks a negative event males are overrepresented. Suicide, incarceration, accidental death, murder, victim of violent crime, HS dropout, University admission.

Jeff Drenth….

Look him up. It wasn’t the vax back in 1980s.

If the NFL, with their multimillion dollar contracts, are disproportionately non white, why isn’t that evidence of discrimination against white players?

    randian in reply to Romey. | January 9, 2023 at 2:46 am

    why isn’t that evidence of discrimination against white players?

    Quite a few non-black players have alleged racism, that coaches “assume blacks will be better players”. Of course they are called racists or embittered failures so the merits of their claims need not be examined.

Amazing how lucky the sports channels are at being in the right spot at the right time lately. Never saw so many young athletes dropping. Like this kid tonight on the basketball court.

    henrybowman in reply to 4fun. | January 8, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    It’s become such a target-rich environment that it would be hard for the press to avoid all such games.

She should tread lightly; I played football in the Big Ten when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, and a preponderance of the team would never have been admitted to school without football. No chance. A whole lot of black men (and yes, white) wouldn’t have opportunities without football, so they really need to quit arguing it’s a slave/master/dangerous-combo relationship.

I got a degree and left school without owing a dime. I thought it was a hell of a deal being a degree removed from being poor, white-trash.

Woke Scientific American takes its place alongside Woke National Geographic as being elite-owned media dedicated to spreading New World Order propaganda to indoctrinate the masses with accepting the elite class as their overlords who will have total control over the entirety of Western civilization as the elite’s one-world government comes increasingly into power.

Hucksters everywhere are thankful for the new life that “Scientific American” has breathed into the once-disfavored practice. Half-truth and BS now enjoy the elevated view from the shoulders of real “scientists”!

I can remember when Scientific American was a respected journal…

Thought: You can not fix stupid, attributed to Ron White, comedian.