Wednesday, June 3, 2020

"Injustice contaminates everything"

Going to let Derek Lowe speak for me:
But we’ve had an equal-protection-under-the-law disaster for a long time, as evidenced by the number of times black men (in particular) get this kind of treatment. Anyone who might have been willing to look away from all that (because they’re not black themselves?) should realize that injustice contaminates everything, and that a state that’s willing to apply such brutal, unequal treatment can apply it to anyone they feel like. Look around you. This country has a lot of things that need to be fixed, and recent history has made that more obvious than ever.
Recent Twitter posts on the paucity of Black/African-American chemists, including the fact that of 2018's 1711 chemistry Ph.D. graduates from the US who were citizens or permanent residents, just 77 (4.5%) of them were Black or African-American.