I feel like a fool for not knowing this but how are the sciences used to promote white supremacy? Does this refer to all sciences or just the social sciences? If it's much too complicated to sum up succinctly why they're racist, could you maybe point me to some reading material on the subject? I wouldn't really know where to start researching a topic like this. Thank you.
every natural and social science originated in service to, is deeply indebted to, or has at least been wielded in service of, empire & white supremacy (some more directly than others imo). science & scientific thought under capitalism exist as tools for the dissemination of narratives that support capitalism and/or imperialist exploitation, plus some scientific knowledge arises from or is used to further imperialism & white supremacy in a very immediate sense.
a few things to consider off the top of my head:
- modern oceanography & its origin in colonial exploration, and how the knowledge gained thereby was in turn used to further colonization
- scientific racism & its taxonimization of human beings in racial terms, as a means of explaining the natural superiority of white people by means of biology (yes, this was an entire branch of science)
- speaking of biology, consider the harvesting of organs and cell lines from especially Black & Indigenous peoples to further medical science (link 1, link 2)
- how psychiatry is used as a means to pathologise resistance to white supremacy especially in Black people (see in particular “drapetomania” and the history of schizophrenia diagnoses being used to neutralise Black radicals)
- advances in gynecology made by experiments on unanesthetised slave women
- actually a lot of medical experimentation has been performed on Black Americans
- and speaking of gynecology, consider its being used to assert that Black women were hypersexual or otherwise sexually deviant or monstrous based on their genitalia
- human radiation experiments wherein the U.S. government released radioactive material in areas mostly occuped by Black & other nonwhite people, or medical radiation experiments wherein mostly Black patients were injected with radioactive material without their consent to test its effects
- some branches of space science being used to produce knowledge & technology dedicated to “defence” of the U.S. aka weapons to be used to further imperialist militarism
additional readings and specific things to research can be found in my science tag