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Discoverer of planets, shooter of basketballs, launcher of birds that are angry
Discoverer of planets, shooter of basketballs, launcher of birds that are angry

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Affirmative Action is Bad, But Wealth is Good
I wonder if anyone asked Jared Kushner if he got into Harvard only because he is white . It would've been a valid question. Even so, the question wouldn't have drawn upon centuries of stereotypes about the inferior intelligence and work ethic of white men. ...

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No Human is Illegal, But Some Are Note White
Our white nationalist presidential administration is cracking down hard on non-white immigrants, particularly those from Mexico. In fact, it's the only successful policy that the child-king has managed to implement in his short presidency. While we should c...

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"Colorbindness" and the Cruel Non Sequitur "all lives matter"
Dear "colorblind" white people: Imagine that your house and the houses of your neighbors were broken into repeatedly over the course of a month. Further, imagine that there was no response from law enforcement. If you and your neighbors complained, "Our hou...

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The Banneker Institute at Harvard: Summer of 2015
Looking back at my blog this Summer I was both surprised and not surprised that the last post dates back to the beginning of July, more than a month ago! It's surprising in the way that time often seems to fly, especially during the summer months in contras...

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What to do when you hurt someone: Stop talking, start listening
Guest post by Renée Hlozek There have been a lot of emotions flaring within the larger astronomy community. There have been friendships severed and alliances forged while debates raged in the open forum. As a community we've been dealing with some of the fo...

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Comments and Responses to Decolonizing Astronomy
Alex Sapchik writes: I thought that from the natural science point of view, rectifying injustice done to past generations is simply impossible for thermodynamic reasons alone. You would basically be trying to force a complex, inherently unstable system back...

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Now that's pretty shameful...
"If we can work out out how to climb into metal birds, slip the bonds of this Earth and soar through the air to visit these territories, we should be able to figure out how the 4 million people who live there can be adequately heard." So why is it that US c...

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NASA K2's first planet discovery
Cambridge, MA - To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft's death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working. The evidence comes from the discovery of a ne...

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How Reverse Racism Works
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