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There are 14 comments on POV: Where Are the Tenured Black Female Professors?

  1. May current and future Black women in the academia be embraced by solidarity on every side and from head to toe. If you’re saying “Black Lives Matter” then prove it.

  2. I had to stop reading this because it basically insinuated (even if you didn’t mean to) that black women are less intelligent or less skilled than whites and need a leg up by “changing the rules” to get more of them into academia. This is not true, we are all equal and need to start acting as such. Help the black community with educational programs at an early age. Keep fathers in the home. Reduce the poverty rate. Lower the crime rate and thus lower the incarceration rate. THEN you will be successful in your mission. As a Mexican, I refuse to believe that the rules are “too tough” for me to be successful or that I need help getting admitted into a school or even finding a good job. It’s all about work ethic. Even though I grew up poor, I was not willing to stay that way!

    1. I believe you’ve misconstrued the whole of her argument, which is sound. Good research is done by world-majority people and it is questioned and dismissed because it focuses on underrepresented people. This is more so about the centering of European norms by traditionally European institutions who are marketing diversity and inclusion to students and may in fact be increasing the diversity of the student population, while still remaining rigid in the advent of new journals in which these works are published. The gatekeeping is addressed; the rest of your sentiment seems to lead by preconceived notions.

  3. Thanks so much for this cogent and powerful POV. Your suggestions for a path forward all also in-line with what many of our peers have recognized: the traditional T&P process needs restructuring, especially with respect to DEI.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this perspective. This is absolutely a systemic issue. The denial of Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure this summer was certainly eye-opening for me. Academia needs to do a better job of recognizing, rewarding, and uplifting diverse voices – specifically Black women. I pledge to do better.

  5. Bravo! Add to this the demands of parenthood and supporting extended family, and a more complete picture of the obstacles begins to emerge. I wish I could do more than watch in empathy and amazement.

  6. I often read POV topics published in BU Today without commenting, but lately I feel compelled to respond because of the (now) routinely uncurbed predilection of the featured authors… The viewpoints expressed by this particular author are full of baseless and unsubstantiated claims and clichés that would not stand up to any reasonable or rational scrutiny… “meritocracy myth”? “systemic racism”? “ivory tower”? Really? ” The reader comments also are amazingly naïve, except the remarks by “Jose”…. The circumstances one grows up in need not impede one’s achievements… Yes, some are more fortunate than others, not something we can control, but anyone who excels in their chosen field (i.e. merit) and has good work ethics and determination while following the “golden rule” will succeed without doubt… This applies not only to academia, but to all professions… We cannot continue to ignore the plethora of highly successful individuals of color (any) that are deservedly rewarded for their hard work and talents… Although it seems easier to blame history or other people for our own flaws or failures, allowing us to feel better and less responsible, it still doesn’t make it right…The unrelenting blanket excuse of biased victimhood is just that: an excuse.

    1. There is a large body of quantitative data (from, e.g., the NSF) strongly supporting the author’s points. You, on the other hand, present a philosophical argument based on your own personal feelings. Your response suggests you have little/no experience with academia. I normally don’t respond to comments like yours, but I feel that it is important that laypeople (like yourself, I suspect) understand the gravity of these issues, and that there is no substance to your vague and platitudinous response.

      1. Thank you for your comments “white man with a Stanford PhD”… you are certainly entitled to your opinion… However, the quantitative data you refer to (from, e.g. the NSF – I’m assuming you mean the National Science Foundation) without “qualitative” data proves nothing… you must surely understand this, having a PhD… While I comprehend the author’s points (and yours) there are plenty of ambiguities and personal feelings displayed there, which is why my comments were more of a philosophical nature… Peace

        1. Rex, I reiterate that your opinion is uninformed and lacking in substance. There is of course a large body of *qualitative* data that provides detailed context for the aforementioned quantitative data on racial/gender gaps in STEM. People have spent their entire careers studying these problems. If you were to consult the primary literature in this field, you would find that the author’s point of view is not a controversial one. If you are willing to discount this field based on e.g. some perceived political bias, I don’t know what else I can say to you. I will leave you with a fact: people of color are underrepresented by a factor of 1/2-1/3 among recent physical science Ph.D. graduates, and the situation for women of color is particularly bleak. If your gut reaction to this fact is ‘maybe people of color should work harder’, I think that warrants some introspection.

          1. Again, you are entitled to your opinions… the qualitative data does not corroborate your broad postulation necessarily… And, by the way, my comments are not to be misconstrued as political bias… On the contrary, my point is to shed light on the importance of unbiased rectitude that can be universally applied… Also, your dismissive remarks/insults and assumptions about me are off the mark… just FYI

          2. Rex, show me and whoever is reading this back-and-forth that you have an opinion worth caring about. I want to see the receipts. What experience do you have moving in academic circles within STEM? What works have you read on this subject? What quantitative and qualitative data support your position? I want substance, not speculation.

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