Institutions must acknowledge the racist roots in science

Written by on November 24, 2022

As a PhD student at University of Sussex, Daniel Akinbosede pushed administrators to address racism in science.Credit: Daniel Akinbosede

Decolonizing science

Science is steeped in injustice and exploitation. Scientific insights from marginalized people have been erased, natural history specimens have been taken without consent and genetics data have been manipulated to back eugenics movements. Without acknowledgement and redress of this legacy, many people from minority ethnic groups have little trust in science and certainly don’t feel welcome in academia — an ongoing barrier to the levels of diversity that many universities . . .

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