Here’s your Academic / Racism absurdity all wrapped up in Monday’s solar eclipse

by Skip

2017 eclips US mapSigh.  Just sigh. This professor, I guess, thought she was grabbing her eclipse sunglasses but reached for her racial glasses instead (and couldn’t tell the difference). I present Prof. Alice Ristroph a fine graduate of one of our most enlightened centers of higher learning – Harvard.  (How sweet).  First the run-up:

Totality is everything, say those who chase solar eclipses. When the moon fully obscures the sun and casts its shadow on Earth, the result is like nothing you’ve seen before—not even a partial eclipse. A merely partial eclipse does not flip day to night, because the sun is bright enough to light our fields of vision with only a tiny fraction of its power. But when the sun and moon align just so, a little piece of Earth goes dark in the middle of the day. In this path of totality, night comes suddenly and one can see the shape of the moon as a circle darker than black, marked by the faint backlight of the sun’s corona. Astronomers and eclipse chasers chart carefully to be sure that they can watch from exactly the right place at the right time. They know that you cannot compromise with the sun. For a dark sky, the sun must be banished altogether.

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.

Presumably, this is not explained by the implicit bias of the solar system.

Who knew that an entire planetary system had an implicit sense of racial animus and that it is DELIBERATELY, as Obama said, figuratively crossing the “solar system” street like his grandmother (as he implied his Grammy was a racist)??

She then gives absolution to this heavenly event and the Sun & Moon:

It is a matter of population density, and more specifically geographic variations in population density by race, for which the sun and the moon cannot be held responsible.

Who in their right mind would ever even THINK of “cannot be held responsible” unless Race was the end all, be all of one’s worldview?  Oh sure, there are those that are in that mindset, but doesn’t this just take the cake in anthropomorphal ridiculousness?

And it gets worse, calling out State after State on its state of “no minorities” or racial history – all because of the timing of when the Sun’s rays are intercepted by our orbiting moon.  I have no intention of doing a complete fisking but go read the whole thing at the link bottom) but this really is pushing an agenda onto almost everything.  Hey, sometimes an eclipse is just…….an eclipse but it seems she has failed to learn this.

Lights out everyone – in more ways than just an eclipse!

Lights out - solar eclipse

(H/T: The Atlantic via Instapundit)

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  • 175jfs

    Paging Professor Currie.

  • Here is a link to the whole article, from the Atlantic magazine’s web site, which goes on much longer and makes somewhat more sense than Skip’s brief excerpt. Her basic point is that the African-American population is not homogenously distributed across the United States of America, as can be seen from the fact that the path of totality passes over only two places (the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, and Charleston, SC) with large black populations. I assume Skip never saw the original Atlantic article, but I am not sure why he didn’t post a link back to the rightwing blog where he originally saw this excerpt:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/american-totality-eclipse-race/537318/

    • Nick Martin

      Link to the source? Blasphemy! Here they just quote someone who quoted someone else out of context to amplify the echo chamber ignorance.

      • granitegrok

        And you missed it as well, didn’t you Nick?

        • Nick Martin

          Ah-yup … guilty. I take back my cheap shot — this time.

          • granitegrok

            And you are forgiven, Nick – this time.
            (heh!)

    • granitegrok

      Once again, Timothy’s brilliance shines again. Timothy? All you had to do was look at the bottom of the post and see the H/T (Hat Tip) and see BOTH links – one to the source in the Atlantic and one to Instapundit that brought it to my attention.

      And yes, I did read the entire post and all it was was a whine. You should have EASILY seen that I read the original as I quoted FAR MORE than the single line that’s in the Instapundit post.

      Once again, Timothy shows us his worth.

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