Enlightenment is a process, and as we’ve learned on a near-daily basis for quite some time, many things are racist.
Thanks to a recent paper published in science journal Nature Communications, more light has now been shed.
Another of society’s racist realms, as it turns out: geology.
On June 22nd, a group of scientists offered “An Actionable Anti-Racism Plan for Geoscience Organizations.”
As indicated by the article, white supremacy is alive and well amid the study of earth and rocks.
In the write-up — headed by Fort Hays State University professor Hendratta Ali and signed by 18 other academics — experts lament the lack of diversity in geology.
It is, they assert, one of the least diverse areas of engineering and science.
And for a sinister reason:
Racism has led to the geosciences becoming one of the least diverse among all science and engineering fields.”
The “R” word isn’t merely present; it thrives:
Racism thrives in geoscience. Geoscience organizations function alongside the same racist ideologies and practices shaping society.
Hence, changes must be made.
Among them: an end to terribly racist, judgmental attitudes.
According to the manifesto, geoscience is rife with “expectations around manners, clothing, hair, professional attire, language, and diction.”
So how’s about a great push for “diversity”?