Maybe some day.
Frances Diep, Scientific American:
Compared with white American researchers, black American researchers are a third less likely to have an early-career National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funded, according to an NIH-commissioned study published August 18 in Science. It’s a thorough study, experts say, but it leaves one major question unanswered: “Why?”
The difference persists even among black and white scientists who went to similar graduate schools, took part in the same NIH scientist training programs, have earned the same number of grants previously and have published the same number of scientific papers. “We have left no stone unturned in trying to find some explanatory variables,” says Donna Ginther, a University of Kansas economist and lead author on the study. Ginther and her colleagues found the effect after examining grant applications from 40,069 scientists, submitted between 2000 and 2006.
And from The Guardian, a letter from attorney Katherine Black regarding death row inmate and her client Duane Buck:
Dear Governor Perry,
In 2000, the Attorney General of the State of Texas concluded had violated the United States Constitution by using the color of Duane Edward Buck’s skin as a factor for the jury to weigh in favor of sentencing him to death.
To repair the integrity of the criminal justice system, then-Attorney General (now United States Senator) John Cornyn made solemn guarantees to the public that the Office of the Attorney General would take unprecedented steps to ensure that no death sentence obtained in such a constitutionally-offensive manner would ever be carried out.
In Duane Buck’s case, however, Texas broke its promise…
Perry refused this appeal. Instead, the Texas Supreme Court had to step in and force the state to stay the execution.
But Rick Perry is not a racist. He’s entirely color blind. In fact, he’s totally blind.