racism


Diorama of Grant's caribou at the American Museum of Natural History. The caribou was named after Madison Grant. Photo: CC/Wally Gobetz.

Museums Should Publicly Address Racism in their Histories

, Deputy director, Climate & Energy

In June 2020, the American Museum of Natural History in New York announced that it had asked the City of New York to remove the statue of Theodore Roosevelt that stands at its entrance. A small step in the necessary decolonization of this museum and the rest of the museum world. Read more >

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Prominent Claims that Policing is Not Racially Biased Rest on Flawed Science

Dean Knox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, and Jonathan Mummolo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, , UCS

Following George Floyd’s killing and ensuing social unrest, policing has ascended to the top of the nation’s political agenda. Yet many politicians and pundits dismiss concerns over systemic racial bias in policing, with some calling it a “myth.” These claims rest on deeply flawed science that has nonetheless been circulated widely and uncritically by major news outlets that span the political spectrum. Read more >

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Geologist Ferdinand Hayden (seated third from left) at camp with his survey team at Red Buttes, Wyoming, in 1870.

U.S. Universities Must Stop Honoring Racist Scientists of the Past

, Deputy director, Climate & Energy

The names of scientists whose discredited racial theories continue to pervade U.S. society still adorn prestigious college buildings and are attached to awards and prizes, while their statues stand on campuses and their portraits hang in university museums. Read more >

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What’s the Difference Between Food Stamp Abuse and a First-Class Exposé? Race.

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Yesterday, at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing, lawmakers engaged in a debate over something called “broad-based categorical eligibility.” Put simply, it’s a legal provision that allows low-income people who qualify for one social assistance program (like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) to more easily qualify for another (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps). Read more >

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Why Andrew Wheeler’s Social Media Actions Matter

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Yes, the acting administrator of the EPA should apologize. But more importantly, he must show us all by his actions that he knows his job is to enact policies that actively protect those most impacted by pollution across the nation. Read more >

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