The March for Science Condemns Racism and Violence in Charlottesville
Hatred and racism have no place in our society and it is on all of us, within the scientific community and beyond, to condemn white supremacy and the bigotry and violence that took place in Charlottesville. It is not enough, however, to decry the repugnant ideologies and violence that were displayed this weekend; we must come together in all areas of society to oppose these divisive forces by heralding and supporting diversity in all of its forms.
As we reflect on the events of this weekend and the terrifying display of white supremacy in the United States, we must also recognize the shameful history, some of which is all too recent, of the manipulation and misinterpretation of science in order to justify racism, sexism, and religious discrimination. We must also acknowledge the atrocities perpetrated against marginalized communities in the name of science. It is incumbent on the scientific community to face this dark history and reject the shameful practices of the past in order to renew our commitment to the ethical pursuit of science for the good of all humankind.
The March for Science will use its platform to denounce the misuse of science to perpetuate racism. We will continue to pursue the ideals identified in the March for Science diversity principles to: affirm that the labors and achievements of underrepresented communities are foundational to the creation and maintenance of our democracy; engage in difficult conversations; and sustain an open scientific community that celebrates, respects, and includes people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.