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My ethnic story, part I

Some events combined last week to make me feel like ScienceBlogs needs to have a serious discussion about race and science. Here’s a place to start – how do white people tell their own racial or ethnic stories? More below the fold…

I always feel acutely ignorant when I begin to talk about racial prejudice, diversity or discrimination. I grew up in a blindingly white hometown. In elementary school, my best friend was Indian – but she was part of one of two Indian families in town – both there because a parent was on the university…

Why are my students so white?

Mystery City is 42% non-Caucasian, with the largest minority being African-American. Mystery University is 25% non-Caucasian.* My introductory courses bear out that statistic; I have a substantial percentage of Hispanic, Asian, and African-American students. So I was somewhat started the other day when I looked around my upper-level class and realized that we were all…