Protests against racial discrimination continue to escalate after Freud, a Black American, was violently killed by police. On June 10, more than 5,000 scientists from around the world and a number of scientific organizations, including the American Physical Society and arXiv, the world’s largest preprint server, decided to stop all academic activities in solidarity with the anti-racism movement of the black community.
Top international journals such as Nature and Science have responded. In an editorial, Nature said black researchers have long been deprived of space and platforms for institutions and publications, and Nature is one of the “white academic institutions” that have such bias.
To this end, Nature will introspectively establish procedures and investigate its own responsibilities for the changes that must be made.
Global scientists strike for a day in solidarity against racism
As of 11:30 p.m. ET on June 9, more than 5,000 scholars and a number of scientific organizations around the world had pledged to strike for a day on June 10 to support the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.
On the official website of the promoters of this activity, 3 prominent labels express their actions and appeals: “Shut down the academic! “Shut down STEM! “Protest for Black Lives Matter!” “。 (Note: STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
Strike action includes:
Stop day-to-day academic work, including teaching and research.
Cancel all general meetings, but discuss racial discrimination and anti-black prejudice.
Participate in actual protests, learn about the history of racism and anti-black violence, advocate for and protect black workers and academics to their institutions, and donate.
If you choose entertainment, immerse yourself in the work of black artists.
For black scholars, campaigners want them to do anything that nourishes the mind on this particular day.
Scientific organizations are involved.
On June 8th arXiv, the world’s largest preprint server, announced that it would suspend the publication of newly submitted papers during the event and advised scholars not to submit papers on June 10th.
The American Physical Society APS announced a one-day shutdown and will work to eliminate systemic racism and discrimination, especially in academia and the scientific community.
Nature and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have also expressed their participation and support on Twitter.
In addition, the AAAS CEO said in an open letter published on the 9th that AAAS recognizes and supports the “ShutDownSTEM” – “In order to eliminate racism in academia and STEM, it is time to stop what we are doing, take the time to listen to our friends and colleagues, and commit to taking the necessary action to make real and lasting change.” “
The event was first launched by two organizations, Particle for Justice, a particle physicist organization, and a multidisciplinary organization made up mainly of astronomers and biologists, Science reported. They then worked with VanguardSTEM, an online platform that promotes women of color working in STEM, to make lasting change.
Nature Introspection: Black Scholars Long Deprived of Academic Stage
On 9 June, Nature published an editorial: Systemic Racism: Science Must Listen, Learn and Change.
The editorial notes that the systemic inequalities suffered by blacks include the greater risk of dying at the hands of the police, the greater likelihood of unemployment, and the greater risk of being burdened with ill health, as exposed by the new coronapneumonia.
Not only that, but black researchers have long been deprived of space and platforms for institutions and publications. Nature is also one of the “white academic institutions” that have this bias.
The editorial says that the cause of science has always been complicit in systemic racism and that it must do more to redress these injustices and expand the voices of marginalized.
Nature also promises to establish procedures to be accountable for the changes that must be made. In addition, Nature will launch a special issue exploring systemic racism in scientific research and publishing, including the investigation of the responsibilities of Nature itself.