A Weighty Footnote

Science papers are the right place to talk about the supremacist history of science, Clara del Junco writes.

Academics and institutions have increasingly been discussing the racist histories of their disciplines in blog posts and press releases since the uprising for Black lives in summer 2020. I welcome these acknowledgments, often spurred by student and community organizing, but I argue that these discussions must be central to our work and therefore should appear in the main products of research—namely, in papers.

Unfortunately, as I recently learned, even footnoting these racist histories in an academic journal can be a nonstarter. [Read at Inside Higher Ed]

Author Clara del Junco is Wesleyan’s STEM and Data Education Librarian