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Black Lives Matter

12 Jul 2016, 22:20 UTC
Black Lives Matter
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Together with colleagues from Astrobites, I am sharing a statement which appeared first on the Astronomy in Color blog and later on the Women in Astronomy blog. I have appended further thoughts inspired by the writings of Sarah Tuttle, Abigail Stevens, and Startorialist. Thank you all.
The recent extrajudicial killings of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by the police have shocked, disturbed, and frightened many of us today. We express our unequivocal repulsion to these acts, which are just one manifestation of the underlying systemic racism in our country. These events affect our community directly. Many Black astronomers in this country, especially those in junior positions, are suffering at this moment. We encourage all of you to be mindful as you reach out to our fellow Black astronomers, and be present with them during these difficult times. The undersigned reaffirm our commitment to ensure the inclusion, support, and safety of every Black person in astronomy. Black lives matter!
To our present and future Black colleagues: your lives matter, and your contributions to science matter, too. We affirm that science does not happen in a societal vacuum. Science is done by human beings. We recognize that many forms ...

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