OMG! ScienceBorgTM is like totally racist! (Updated)

Mar 05 2008 Published by under Blogging

Evidence? Here.
Any exculpatory evidence? You bet.
That's all I got.
(except a h/t to the back chan, er, that thingum to which we must not refer. and Ack. and since we embrace the diversity, this. I'm out.)
Update 3/6/08: evolgen brings the snark, razib brings the data, Greg Laden discovers his whiteness.
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Updated 3/11/08: Apparently Alice is under the impression that this post was making fun of racial diversity issues. It was......sort of. It is true that I think bringing the funneeez can help in grappling with SeriousTopics. If we get too serious however, we have a chance of ending up with a totally perplexing message like this one. I'd rather if I'm going to post something obtuse and perplexing that at least you get a chuckle out of it...
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Updated 3/12/08: More on racial diversity in scienceblogging from ScienceWoman, Green Gabbro and Dr. Free-Ride.

15 responses so far

  • Who's gonna inform Razib of Gene Expression that he's white?
    Oh BTW, ScienceBorgTM is sexist too---at first glance looks like less than 20 women to over 40 men.
    Not to mention incestuous, what with all that intra-linking you guys do.
    That should be sufficient gasoline on those fires for now...

  • DrugMonkey says:

    You missed this part..

    Some of the people in the 'white' list may not actually be white, I don't know, but they sure look white. I apologise if I am in error about any of them.

    so apparently if you hold a cat in front of your face you look white. who knew?

  • Joe says:

    Yet, you don't refute the charge (no matter how obnoxiously it was made).

  • brtkrbzhnv says:

    idk i don't really like seeing people's pictures
    i'm afraid they'll influence my view of the blogs
    and sometimes they are too pretty (looking at you, Ms. Batts)
    so that I can't really focus on the blog
    that's pretty disturbing
    except for razib's picture
    i like that one a lot
    even though it's very cute
    but not people-cute
    kittie-cute
    everyone should just have a cute animal as an avatar

  • DrugMonkey says:

    Yet, you don't refute the charge (no matter how obnoxiously it was made).
    Ha! My friend I just got here, first of all, and in any case we peon bloggers have essentially nothing to do with who gets assimilated.
    Second, it is no secret that minorities of most stripes are seriously underrepresented in science. Bloggers are even more pointedly underrepresented in the pool of scientists. (Hard to categorize the "pool" from which the non-working-scientist SBers are drawn, so let's not even go there). It takes no genius to see that even if minority scientists were more likely to blog that this pool would be pretty dang small.
    Or you can just blame it all on Jim Watson! Your call.

  • gwangung says:

    Well, it's more on Seed than the individual bloggers, if there's any merit at all...
    Or it could be non-whites are being socialized out of this...
    Or....

  • Piled Higher, Deeper says:

    Or it could be those damn babyblabbers again...

  • CC says:

    Second, it is no secret that minorities of most stripes are seriously underrepresented in science.
    I dunno -- every stop of my career has been a lot stripier than that pasty-faced bunch. I haven't such such a uniformly white group of people since the demolition derby at the state fair!
    Nature Networks, incidentally, manages to attract a cast of bloggers who look a lot more like the people I work with. Of course, they tend to focus more on research and less on ranting about how much they hate religious people.

  • Joe says:

    I didn't mean to come off quite so snarky. Sorry!
    What I meant to say is that even though the page you point to is juvenile and obnoxious, that person does raise issues worth discussing.
    I tend to agree that the problem is more one of general under-representation in the sciences as a whole. For example, the campus I work at has a couple hundred scientists and grad students. Of the Americans on campus probably five percent or less are non-white.

  • razib says:

    Second, it is no secret that minorities of most stripes are seriously underrepresented in science.
    hm. i think that depends on the science.

  • Kamel says:

    Or it could be those damn babyblabbers again...
    Nah, we don't get any traffic by putting it on googlepages.

  • CC says:

    ...Greg Laden discovers his whiteness.
    Boy, a nerve really got touched over there, huh?
    Perhaps someone can time travel back to 1996 and inform him that a) domain names don't cost $70, b) Googlepages is a free hosting service akin to the Angelfire or Tripod of his day, and c) Google is unlikely to be significantly inconvenienced by his malicious bandwidth sucking.

  • mr. gunn says:

    "I'd rather if I'm going to post something obtuse and perplexing that at least you get a chuckle out of it..."
    So I'm now familiar with your snarky material. Got anything nice to say about anyone?

  • DrugMonkey says:

    I ran across the Science, Education & Society blog which has this to say:

    My blog specifically deals with race, socio-economics, and science.
    One of my aims/soapbox issues is that science topics are relatively rare in the Black Blogosphere and I try to infuse/share more science among African-American bloggers.

    thought some might find this blog of interest...

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