HPR2’s Molly Solomon looks into UC Berkeley and the pro-TMT e-mail that sparked discussions on racism and lack of diversity in the astronomy community.
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein has been the leading anti-TMT ally within the astronomy community. She and other scientists have spoken out against racist statements made about the protectors and the systemic […]
From Europe to Haiti to now Hawai’i. Hawai’i is the flash point for this conversation now, even though the story goes beyond Hawai’i. If we are going to understand the context of what is happening in Hawai’i with the Thirty Meter Telescope, we must understand that Hawai’i is not the first or only place where astronomers used and benefited from colonialism. And in connection, we have to understand Hawaiian history. Thus, my reading list also includes important materials about Hawai’i’s history.
“To [the University of Hawaii], understanding one creation story is more important than the creation story of the islands they occupy” – Kamahana Kealoha, Sacred Mauna Kea Hui