The professor said he hasn't been a victim of overt racism but said he is frequently asked whose research lab he works in when he has his own. Apparently Academia, while frequently preaches against racism and in favor of freedom of speech is acting hypocritically. This is an internal memo from Dr. Sherley at MIT about his hunger strike. In it he states,
There were several damaging acts, motivated by my race, that I either
encountered or learned of as a member of the BE faculty. For example, I learned
that the reason I had never had full independent lab space was because future
Provost Robert Brown, who was the Dean of the School of Engineering at the time,
said that he was not going to give lab space to a Black man.
Unbelieveable! I think another prejudice afoot is that against a professor who dares to oppose the supremacy of science over morality. In other words, if we can do it (embryonic stem cell research, cloning, etc.) then we MUST do it, regardless of the possible moral implications.
Let's support Dr. Sherley's brave stand with our prayers and our voices. Spread the word!!
I couldn't find an email address for President Susan Hockfield (they're so clever over at MIT)
but you can write a greeting card, which just might contain a contribution, and wear them out that way. Here's the address:
President Susan Hockfield Phone:
Room 3-208 Fax:
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307