In 1998, Toni Morrison called President Clinton the first Black president:
white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.
Today, on this 55th Anniversary of the murder of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and the day of the MIT debate on the resolution: Should Academic DEI Programs be Abolished?, the Babbling Bear is calling President Biden the first anti-racist science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) president. The evidence on in the fact sheet published by The White House on December 12, 2022:
Today’s STEMM ecosystem is inequitable by nearly every measure, shutting out and diverting away too many talented individuals, closing off opportunities for discovery and innovation, and limiting our national potential. America is at an inflection point: As historic science and technology legislative achievements drive progress on critical national priorities, including clean energy, quantum, semiconductors, and space, the U.S. must seize the opportunity to ensure that all communities benefit from these transformative investments. To meet President Biden’s Day 1 call to advance equity for people who have been historically underserved and leverage this once-in-a-generation opportunity to power a more just, inclusive, and competitive science and technology ecosystem, now is the time for the U.S. to take bold concerted action across STEMM sectors.
President Biden’s actions will go a long way to remove objective, rational linear thinking, cause and effect relationships, quantitative emphasis, and other signs of Whiteness from STEMM.