Scientists aren’t sure they want self-described “science guy” Bill Nye to lead their “March For Science” in Washington on Earth Day – and not for the reason you might think.
Of course, Bill Nye isn’t a scientist at all. He has an engineering degree, so making him the face of a pro-science march – to be attended and organized by a bunch of actual scientists would seem a bit perplexing.
But that doesn’t bother these scientists at all. No — what bugs them is that Bill Nye is a white male.
And when the announcement was made he would chair the “March For Science,” organizers quickly freaked out that having Nye heading up their even might be reinforcing the stereotype that all scientists are old, white men.
(Again, Bill Nye is not a scientist, but okay.)
“I love Bill Nye,” said Stephani Page, a member of the March’s board, who was critical of what she considered the March’s lack of diversity. “But I do feel comfortable saying to you what I said to the steering committee: He is a white male, and in that way he does represent the status quo of science, of what it is to be a scientist.”
Organizers of the event have gone off the deep end – insisting that “intersectionality” “diversity” and “queer-, grans-, intersex-phobia” are scientific issues.
This all has Bill Nye very confused. He told one website: “I was born a dorky white guy who became an engineer. I’m playing the hand I was dealt. We can’t — this march can’t solve every problem all at once.”
Noted scientists who actually care about … well, science … are skeptical of the hard-left turn the organizers for their self-styled “march” have taken.
Scientists' March on Washington plan compromises its goals with anti-science PC/identity politics/hard-left rhetoric https://t.co/FY5VvTbS2Z
— Steven Pinker (@sapinker) January 29, 2017
The purpose of the march is to bring attention to the Trump Administration’s environmental and research agenda, which they say de-funds essential research programs like space exploration, climate change and disease research.
H/T: Heat Street