Huh? Expert Claims Astrosphysics Is Systemically Racist

  • A Colorado astrophysicist who says the field is paralyzed by “systemic racism and white supremacy” is speaking out about combating these issues in the classroom and beyond.
  • “As an astrophysicist, I’m a product of institutions that are steeped in systemic racism and white supremacy,” Natalie Gosnell, PhD, an assistant professor of physics at Colorado College, said in an interview published in the school’s newspaper this month.
  • Gosnell, who holds a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is a recipient of the prestigious Cottrell Scholar Award, argued that “tenets of white supremacy” like “individualism and exceptionalism and perfectionism” shape everything from the direction of physics research to the language used by scientists.
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