a restaurant in my hometown got a review that said the servers should “show some skin” so the owner added a potato skin special to the menu and all the proceeds from the special go to the west virginia foundation for rape information services (x)
That’s exactly the appropriate response.
Note: I’m changing it up a little bit, and writing about some non-sciencey stuff: race and tokenism in America. I was inspired by a marvelous piece I read recently about astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. It made me think about my own experiences as a minority in science and engineering, the obligation I feel to my culture and the internal conflicts it can engender, and how I’ve learned to switch seamlessly in and out of those worlds. So without further intro, the essay is below. -L
THE CURIOUS CONUNDRUM OF THE CODE-SWITCHING TOKENIZED TEACHER
A student raises her hand in a political science lecture, and confidently proclaims: “If people are to be treated equally under the law, then policies that single out minorities for special advantages are not only unfair and unnecessary, but are unconstitutional. President Obama is evidence that class is what determines your success in America, not race.”
People of color who have attended elite academic institutions might be able to identify with the following, oft reflexed, 3-step stream of consciousness:
Hedwig Buckbeak Potter, you were named after some hella winged animals hella rad high five son