Short statement about the use of racist language in astronomy and physics.

It is 100% unacceptable, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There is never an excuse for it. If you find that you have used it, you should:

A. first acknowledge that you have participated in racism and apologize for participating in racism and

B. try to understand why, under any time or emotionally pressured circumstances, you used racist language to make a point about anything.

An apology cannot fix the harm caused by your use of racist language. Only education, reflection, and ultimately anti-racist action can. Be sorry that you were racist, not that you accidentally let it out in front of other people.

We support making astronomy and physics environments in which we can all thrive and do the best research we can, and eliminating racism is a crucial step.

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein & Dr. Sarah Tuttle with

Dr. Phil Massey

Michael Jewell

Professor Jorge Moreno

Dr. Seth Zenz

Dan Gettings

Alessondra Springmann

Tiffany Frierson

Dr. Joshua Tan

Stephanie Douglas

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Professor Julianne Dalcanton

Professor Lauren Tompkins

Dr. Erin Ryan

Kristin M. Block

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Jess Shanahan

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Meredith Rawls

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Meredith Durbin

Dr. Nick Murphy

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Dr. Chiara Mingarelli

Dr. Michelle Collins

Dr. Korinne McDonnell

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Dr. Sarah J. Schmidt

Professor Ethan Siegel

Professor Kelle Cruz

Alex Hagen

Dr. Alberto Roca

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Dr. Jessica Kirkpatrick

Dr. David Tsang

Dr. Michael Busch

Dr. Hugo Day

Dr. Victor Gehman

Professor Marilena Loverde

Dr. Heather Flewelling

Amanda Yoho

Dr. Luke Dones

Emily Lakdawalla

Professor Robert McNees

Nicholas M. Battafarano

Dr. August Muench

Dr. Vicky Scowcroft

Dr. Serina Diniega

Dr. Peter Edmonds

Dr. Jeffrey Simpson

Dr. Timothy Pickering

Johanna Teske

Adrian Lucy

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Dr. Moses P. Milazzo

Professor Brian W. O’Shea

Dr. Brian C. Wolven

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Dr. Robert Minchin

Professor Scott Trager

Professor Derek Fox

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Dr. Caitlin Casey

Dr. Thompson Le Blanc

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Dr. Philip Rosenfield

Dr. Jedidah Isler

Dr. Carl Ferkinhoff

Marshall C. Johnson

Dr. Devin W. Silvia

Dr. Anna Watts

Lea Hagen

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Dr. Catherine Grant

Professor John Johnson

Abigail Stevens

Professor Eric S. Perlman

Professor Daryl Haggard

Dr. Malynda Chizek Frouard

Dr. Steven Saar

Dr. James Roberts

Dr. Renee Hlozek

Dr. Badr Albanna

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Dr. Jennifer L. Piatek

Genevieve Shattow

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Jonathan Fraine

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inspired by the story covered here: https://storify.com/docfreeride/mauna-kea-and-the-thirty-meter-telescope-team

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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    Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein: fighting scientists with science http://www.linkedin.com/in/chandaprescodweinstein / http://cprescodweinstein.com

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