black peopl in stem

#BlackHistoryMonth #tbt: Being the first African American woman to travel to space is one of Mae Jemison’s many accomplishments. A dancer, Peace Corps doctor, public speaker and astronaut, Mae went to college at age 16, holds 9 honorary doctorates and has founded many STEM-related programs for students. 

anonymous asked:

I honestly do not understand, why should Keith apologize to Allura? What did he do wrong? How is he to blame for his DNA?

Keith should apologize because by pulling the “Not all Galra” card he was pretty much invalidating her feelings towards the race that destroyed and killed everyone she ever knew plus her home. 

And he’s not to blame for his DNA, but Allura pretty much hasn’t interacted with him enough to confirm that he would try anything. We know he wouldn’t do anything to hurt her now but from her point of view he’s literally just a dude the red lion chose and she has to deal with.

Now I’m not saying how she handled the whole situation was right (But my wife is learning and is working to remedy whatever rift this caused as we saw in that one episode I fucking forgot the name of jfc) but you can’t really blame her for acting the way she does.

And I think alot of the hate towards Allura stems from white people/non-black people that would never understand that situation she was put through or her whole background/history with the Galra.

theguardian.com
How three black women helped send John Glenn into orbit
A new film, Hidden Figures, tells the story of the maths wizards who Nasa relied on
By Edward Helmore

When John Glenn was waiting to be fired into orbit aboard Friendship 7 in 1962, there was one person he trusted with the complex trajectory calculations required to bring him down safely from his orbital spaceflight: Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked in Nasa’s segregated west area computers division.

“Get the girl, check the numbers,” Glenn said before boarding the rocket. “If she says they’re good, I’m good to go.”

Johnson was one of three female African-American mathematicians known as the “computers in skirts” who worked on the Redstone, Mercury and Apollo space programmes for Nasa. Now, thanks to an award-tipped movie, Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan are about to become more widely celebrated.

The film, Hidden Figures, stars Taraji P Henson of TV series Empire, soul singer and actress Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer from The Help movie, and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

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black gay* kids who go viral online never get widespread attention and popularity for being themselves and being influential like a non black gay* kid will. Black gay* kids and adults alike don’t get recognition for being funny and entertaining as much as they deserve. A lot of the time these non black gay* kids simply have to toss the word hunty and snap and roll their necks enough times to rise to fame on vine or instagram. I love seeing all gay* kids be accepted and supported gaining popularity doing things they enjoy, but a lot of the time non black gay* kids gain this at the expense of black people and our culture. The whole sassy white gay trope stems from black culture quite frankly. It’s interesting that we even know the names of lohanthony, Brendan Jordan and and Bretman Rock compared to the other black gay* kids who have half the following and are on social media being themselves and are naturally just as more entertaining as them without having to appropriate someone else’s culture.

it’s crazy how many people’s negative perceptions of black people stem from shitty film and television stereotypes rather than actually knowing any black people

Listen. Guys. Listen

This goes back so far omg I can’t even. Ok, Listen.

1. The earth was uninhabitable after the bombs. ALIE killed all the people.

2. The thirteenth station was Polaris.

3. Titus has Murphy in Polaris. Polis.

4. The 12 stations blasted the 13th station. 

—> It landed on Earth. That’s where the “grounders” came from.

5. The computer on Polaris, “Beca,” was an advanced version of ALIE.

6. The eternity symbol is the “Sacred Symbol” to the grounders.

7. Lexa has the Sacred Symbol tattooed on her neck.

8. Past “commanders” assemble and speak to Lexa in her dreams. Dead people assemble in ALIE’s city of light too.

9. Lexa has black blood and all commanders have black blood.

Here it is:

ALIE latches on to people’s brain stems. It’s probably safe to assume that Beca has a more advanced method of integrating herself into people. Beca is in the blood of the commanders, that’s why their blood is black. Beca chooses the next commander. Lexa’s infuriating calm, which, I mean let’s be honest, is kind of like Jaha’s is right now, is coming from Beca. Lexa’s trying to fight Beca because she loves Clarke but…SHE’S ALREADY IN BECA’S CITY OF LIGHT.

YOU GUYS.

LEXA HAS BECA INFECTION AND THIS ISN’T GOING END WELL FOR ALL THE LESBIANS.

People only associate “ghetto/ratchet” with subhuman because in their minds black people are both. If black people spoke nothing but “proper English” and only drank out of wine glasses, then people would associate “classy” with subhuman (except it would be called “prissy” instead), because black would be the common denominator. If black people owned tractors and spoke with slow, deep accents and sang country music then “Southern” would be associated with subhuman except they would now call them “bumpkins” instead of just “people from the South” and if black people spoke twelve languages, were leaders in all STEM fields, and consistently graduated top of their classes then people would associate “smart” with subhuman and if black people made up the majority of players in every major sport and could run the mile in 20 seconds and ate healthy meals all the time and never touched junk food ever then people would associate “athletic/fit” with subhuman do you see the pattern here

theguardian.com
How history forgot the black women behind Nasa’s space race
In the 1940s, a group of female scientists were the human computers behind the biggest advances in aeronautics. Hidden Figures, an upcoming book and film tells their remarkable, untold story
By Emine Saner

Growing up in Hampton, Virginia, Margot Lee Shetterly was surrounded by brilliant female scientists and mathematicians who, like her father, worked for Nasa. “I would see them in the context of community organisations or church, or you’d run into them at the grocery store – they were my parents’ friends,” she says. It didn’t seem unusual to her that, within her community, so many women had enjoyed long careers at Langley, Nasa’s research centre – and so many of them were black women. It was her husband, on a trip back to visit Lee Shetterly’s parents, who pointed out how remarkable it was.

In 1940, she points out in her book, Hidden Figures, just 2% of black women got a university degree and more than half became teachers. But a few defied all expectations and obstacles and joined Naca (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which would become Nasa). Their work underpinned some of the biggest advances in aeronautics, during some of the most defining moments of the 20th century – the second world war, the cold war, the space race, the civil rights movement, and the adoption of electronic computing.

While some of this generation of female black scientists were recognised – in 2015, Katherine Johnson was awarded the US’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential medal of freedom for her work, which included calculations that helped the moon landing – the fact that there was a crack team of all-female, all-black maths whizzes is largely unknown. “For a long time, African Americans were not allowed to read and write,” says Lee Shetterly. “We forget but it was not that long ago. Women were barred from studying at many colleges. If you are not able to read and write, then you are not going to be able to tell your own story. There haven’t been critical masses of women, minorities, whatever, and I think that’s something that is changing now.”

Lee Shetterly’s book, and the story of how a group of African American women – transcending racism and sexism to embark on some of the most important scientific work in the world at the time – has been turned into a film, starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson and Janelle Monae. Henson plays the brilliant mathematician Johnson. It was the real Johnson, now in her nineties and whom Lee Shetterly knew, who first told her about Dorothy Vaughan (played by Spencer).

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Part One

Listen white people, we are the problem. When my white friends refer to ‘black people’ in a tone that suggests we are not even the same species. That is the problem.  When my mom says “They should find other ways to speak out other than rioting” she doesn’t realize that the media has conditioned us to see ‘us vs them’ and in reality that is the case because it is black rights vs institutionalized and systemic racism that stems from white people’s refusal to acknowledge this inherent racism that is literally ingrained in every aspect of society. What are black people fighting against? It’s OUR casual and unobserved racism. Honestly, you are either a black ally who recognizes that this country has a long way to come before any notion of true equality and who will support the #blacklivesmatter movement by addressing this innate racism or you are a white person who totally disregards any call for social change and feels inconvenienced by black protest. It just goes to show that you don’t have to be as extreme as the KKK to be part of the problem. In fact, at least in the case of those white people who take their bigoted, twisted ideals to extremes-they admit that they are racist and are aware of their supremely fucked hatred of black skin. Those who are unwilling to admit that they oppose black rights to any extent will not even realize how deeply racist their opinions are. When my Indian friend tells me her relatives don’t want their daughters to “get too dark” by being in the sun too long or when my white friend’s mother tells her to stop tanning before she gets “too dark”. These comments may seem merely careless but they are extremely detrimental to how black people are perceived. What are these young girls going to think about black people if they are being taught to associate dark and black with unattractive and bad? It is a truly insidious subliminal message that has been purported in a multitude of forms and this is exactly the racist mindset that plagues America. 

Stereotypes do nothing to abate these issues, especially when we compare black stereotypes to those of other POC. Again, many of these stereotypes and the resent and hate associated with them are perpetuated by white people who do not realize the consequences of their actions due to the blindfold of white privilege and systematic racism. We are all aware that now non-black POC have adopted the N word into casual lexicon and it has become somewhat of a colloquialism among white and non-white teenagers. Black people are stereotyped as loud and confrontational whilst for instance, Asians are considered more subdued, smart, regimented, etc. And of course Asian people have lighter skin. It honestly seems as though white people cannot sympathize with people who have dark complexions which indubitably makes no fundamental biological sense but is only too obvious when we take into account the ingrained societal stigmas surrounding black skin.

I honestly don’t understand how you can be white and not hate yourself even a little bit. The idea that I share the same creed as a KKK member who expects me to agree with him because our skin tones are the same makes me deteriorate internally with shame and abhorrence. When people tell me that “it wasn’t my fault what my ancestors did,” this is none other than a pathetic excuse for a cop-out, a seemingly innocuous annihilation of the guilt we should feel. White people should not get to deny the fact that our history is founded on the enslavement and segregation of people of color just because we are ashamed of it. That is absolutely a part of our history just as it is a part of black history or Native American history, except we weren’t on the good side. We want to disassociate ourselves from this history because we don’t want to be reminded that our actions were degenerate and amoral, we were never the heroes no matter how the media paints it. There is no way we could be seen in any variation of a good light so we simply come up with ways to mitigate the atrocities and deny that we were a part of it, just like every Hollywood film, textbook, and history class in the United States has done. That is white privilege. To be faced with the truth of our evils and be able to dismiss them and go on with our lives, free of shame. That is what this system has allowed and what it will continue to allow. Our failure as the race that predominantly controls political power in this country is our unwillingness to recognize and repent for not only our ancestor’s wrongdoings but our own. Because we benefit from this systematic oppression and we continue to reap the rewards and basic human rights that black people are not afforded and we all know that is the truth. So since we are all becoming more aware of this truth, what can we do?


(part two coming soon)

But I will end with this:
I can no longer allow myself to stand idly by while our country demonizes colored flesh. I vow to become well-informed about political policy and the legislative process. I vow to vote and vote in favor of those who represent the best interests of minorities. I vow to recognize my own privilege as a white female in the US and remind others like me of their privilege. I vow to use this privilege as a means of protecting the rights of the unprivileged and working towards actual equality. I vow to stand in solidarity with those who have been wronged by the system but also to know my place and respect my boundaries as merely an ally and not someone experiencing oppression.

Sylvester James Gates, Jr. (born December 15, 1950), known as S. James Gates, Jr, or Jim Gates, is an American theoretical physicist, known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. He is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, a University of Maryland Regents Professor and serves on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Gates received SB (1973) and PhD (1977) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His doctoral thesis was the first at MIT on supersymmetry. With M. T. Grisaru, M. Rocek and W. Siegel, Gates coauthored Superspace, or One thousand and one lessons in supersymmetry (1984), the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry.[3]

Gates was nominated by the Department of Energy as one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s “Nifty Fifty” Speakers to present his work and career to middle and high school students in October 2010.[4] He is on the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public.

Gates was a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at MIT (2010-11) and was a Residential Scholar at MIT’s Simmons Hall. He is pursuing ongoing research into string theory, supersymmetry, and supergravity at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. His research focuses on Adinkra symbols as representations of supersymmetric algebras.

On February 1, 2013, Gates was a recipient of the National Medal of Science

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