A forthcoming science and technology symposium at Williams College in Massachusetts is calling on scholars to send in papers so that the event can honor and shine a light on “new voices” in this growing and exciting field of study. Unfortunately, if you can’t claim to be from one of the college’s pre-defined “oppressed” groups, then you can take your paper to some other symposium; this one isn’t for you. Nope, this one is only for (ugh, these phrases) scholars of color, and because this sort of reverse-segregation is smiled upon by the Wizards of Woke who rule modern academia, there’s nothing you can do about it. Indeed, to even make a fuss would probably get you smeared as a racist.
At the “New Voices in Science and Technology Studies” event, which is scheduled to take place in November, scholars are invited to submit papers – only if they belong to a “historically underrepresented group.”
In case of any confusion, this means: “African Americans, Alaska Natives, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.”
If you’ve ever been to Hawaii or the other Pacific Islands, by the way, you’ll know that those groups are quite well represented. But we presume they mean “in Massachusetts”? Or maybe in the field of science and technology as a whole (although in that case, we’d love to see the statistics regarding Asian Americans, to be honest).
The College Fix expounds:
Part of the application process asked applicants to write a couple sentences proving themselves as a member of a “historically underrepresented group.” Yet the application also provides an equal employment opportunity statement that people from all backgrounds are welcome.
Chosen scholars will receive a $500 honorarium and be hosted by Williams College as they present their papers to the audience, organizers state, adding “we aim to create an inclusive, intellectually enriching experience for all involved, including the visiting speakers and the faculty and students of Williams.”
Well, sorry, but limiting a symposium to researchers who are only non-white is pretty much the opposite of an “inclusive” message. And since we’re talking about science and technology, factors of race, sexuality, gender, and whatever other kind of discrimination group you want to throw in there – well, they should be completely irrelevant. Judge work on its merits and let the chips fall where they may. There is no fairer way to create a truly “inclusive” society – whether in the world of science or in the world of academia in general.
But then, we’ve know for a long time that “fairness” has nothing to do with their goals.