Author Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, argues that it’s time to decolonize science

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Photo courtesy of Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD

We often see science as the pinnacle of objectivity — a disinterested, mechanical practice built on empirical observation and above more subjective ways of understanding our world and what lies beyond it.

Too often, we forget the social and cultural questions embedded in the history of science: Who gets to define science? What social issues get consumed by or pushed out the realm of science? How has science been used in ways that were both helpful and harmful? How has science intersected with issues of race, gender, class, and colonialism?

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, tackles these questions in The Disordered Cosmos…


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The AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had some advice for NBA superstar LeBron James.

(LeBron) is phenomenal at what he’s doing, but I don’t like when people have some kind of status, they go and do politics at the same time,” Ibrahimovic told UEFA for Discovery+ in Sweden. “Do what you’re good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I’m the best at playing football. I don’t do politics. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics. (Source)

James responded saying that “There’s no way I will ever just stick to sports because I…


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Rush Limbaugh, a legend in conservative talk radio, passed away yesterday after a battle with lung cancer.

After news of his passing, I saw many different “He was such a talented storyteller” commemorations. Conservatives lauded how captivating he was to his audiences and even folks with opposing politics noted how talented he was. As I read the tweets about him, that recurring compliment felt indicative of something important. Commending Limbaugh’s storytelling abilities struck me as good metaphor about conservatism as a whole.

So much of conservatism is storytelling.

Though the word has it’s fair share of both positive and negative…


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Remembering and recording the internal machinations you had when you were younger can make for beautiful essays. But if I’m honest, I don’t really recall more than a few key details about the first time I witnessed a drive-by.

I couldn’t have been more than three or four, but my father was walking my older brother and I from his car to my grandma Idelle’s house just a couple houses away from the corner. She lived in the Ashburn-Gresham neighborhood of the south side of Chicago. …


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Starring Zendaya and John David Washington, the relationship drama Malcolm & Marie follows a couple getting into a series of arguments about the state of their relationship. The tumultuous evening start when Marie confronts him about not thanking her during his movie premiere speech and the night spirals from there.

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away in this review because I definitely recommend readers watch the film (maybe watch it first then come back and read this review). But Malcolm & Marie depicted co-dependencies within a toxic romantic relationship — how two people can use…


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The presidency of twice-impeached Donald Trump is over. Since the time he stepped into office, there have been recurring conversations about how historians will write about the Trump legacy.

Some are confident that future Americans will feel shame over shit-hole countries, “grab them by the pussy” and other locker-room talk, calling Mexicans “rapists,” saying “Islam hates us” and Muslim bans, asserting that President Obama wasn’t born here, making fun of a disabled reporter, lauding the “good people on both sides” in Charlottesville, “Stand-back and standby” to vigilante groups and white supremacists, a shameless response to a global pandemic, inciting insurrection…


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Many people are critical of social media sites banning the president for the events of last week.

Critics span the political divide, ranging from those who see this as an assault on free speech to those uneasy at the prospects of tech companies, Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey deciding what people can or can’t say. Though I’m sympathetic to some critiques of the ban, I think they highlight some glaring contradictions.

We live in a society where the market is sanctified. We’re terrified of government bigger than a cow, but allow corporations to grow the size of megalodons; companies too…


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The zombie virus hit another one-day high with over 10,000 people bitten.

With the world’s nations on edge over the specter of zombie bites, lawmakers can’t agree on how to effectively deal with what many are calling “the apocalypse.”

On Tuesday, Sen. Josh Gonzales introduced a bill to send machetes, baseball bats and ammunition to every American.

“We have to stick together during these troubling times,” Sen. Gonzales said. “I think the bill will go a long way in providing aid to Americans whose lives have been affected by zombies.”

But the opposition, led by Dick O’Malley, says he is…


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Language can be a double-edged sword — revealing some truths while concealing others.

The term “white privilege” can illuminate the ways in which born into whiteness (the social experience not the skin color) affords certain advantages in our society; advantages which often manifest as protection — folks generally don’t assume you are criminal if you are walking around a neighborhood, or that you’re underserving of your job or college admission based upon your race. People don’t follow you in stores, doctors listen empathetically when you are in pain. …


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Former NFL player and ESPN commentator Booger McFarland caused a stir today.

In a segment on ESPN, McFarland lamented the lack of professionality and self-centeredness of young African American professional NFL players. He said:

“Often times young players, especially — I’m gonna go ahead — especially young African-American players, because they make up 70 percent of this league — they come into this league and ask themselves the wrong thing. They come into the league saying not ‘how can I be a better player?’ They don’t say ‘how can I be a better teammate?’ They don’t say ‘how can I…

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a writer and journalist from Chicago. UVA & USC. Taught media and communication at DePaul & Salem State. Twitter: @journojoshua

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