Exploring Racism in Science

Thursday, March 4, 2021

 

dry pinecone on ground surrounded by dry pine needles

"Biases show up in the science classroom in many forms, in which historical figures we talk about, which histories we tell about them, which we leave out, who we credit with certain knowledge…and what knowledge we decide is worth knowing,” Whalen says. “We teach about land conservation, the creation of national parks and the ‘fathers’ of the American conservation movement like John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, and we leave out the the theft of Indigenous land and loss of Indigenous life which occurred in order to ‘conserve’ these lands."