The College Fix reports:
Called CiteBlackAuthors.com, it was started in the wake of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd at the hands of police.So it is insensitive to ignore race, and search for objective knowledge.
“Help us spread the word and the WORK of Black, academic professionals,” Faas wrote.
But one member of the department, Professor Elizabeth Weiss, offered a contrary viewpoint.
“Although the intent of Cite Black Authors may be well-meaning,” Weiss, who is tenured, wrote back to her colleagues, “as a scholar in search of objective knowledge, I encourage researchers to look for the best source material and realize that an author’s ethnicity, race, or color of their skin has no actual bearing on the validity of their contribution.”
Months later, Weiss’ department chair, Roberto Gonzalez, would publicly criticize her, saying she responded to the Cite Black Authors email in an “extremely insensitive way.”
This opinion was so offensive that her past work is being scrutinized, and teed up for cancelation.
“After having carefully read the book, I disagree with both the substance and style of Repatriation and Erasing the Past, including its dismissal of Native American epistemologies and [indigenous] scholarship, its Victorian-era approach to anthropological inquiry, and its linear, pre-Kuhnian view of scientific progress,” Gonzalez wrote.I try to stick to Physics on this blog, because other academic subjects have degenerated into total foolishness.
But Kuhn's view of scientific progress was only about Physics. Actually he believed that revolutions like the Copernican model of the Earth's revolution about the Sun were not really scientific progress, but rather irrational (or arational, he would say) physicists shifting from one paradigm to another.
Before that, scholars had a linear view of progress, where science gets better over time.
I post this to show what professors now argue about.
“Can you imagine the reaction of graduate students reading this kind of thing from a fully-tenured professor?” Gonzalez said. “It was devastating.”No, I am unable to imagine a grad student being devastated by any of this.