The organization of a march aimed to protest the Trump administration’s allegedly ‘anti-science’ stance is collapsing due to arguments over diversity.
The conflict stems from some of the organizers’ attempt to make gender and racial diversity the core of the protest. The competing factions and shift in focus has caused some organizers and scientists to pull out of the event.
The Daily Caller reports:
The “March for Science” started to gain traction in January, garnering hundreds of thousands of likes on Facebook. Major environmentalist and activist groups have backed the march, which is planned for Earth Day in Washington, D.C., but sister marches are planned in other cities as well.
But as support for the march grew, so did concerns over its core message. University of Maine biologist Jacquelyn Gill recently left the march’s organizing committee over “leaders’ resistance to aggressively addressing inequalities — including race and gender,” STAT reported.
On the other side, Nashville-based web consultant Shane Morris left the march’s organizing committee over worries that “appeasing diversity demands and not worried enough about its legacy,” he told STAT. “I’m definitely not against talking about equality issues,” Morris said, “I just felt it was an inappropriate forum.”
Activists began the protest because they feared the trump administration would reduce funding to science programs, particularly climate change research. Since its inception, the march’s emphasis on gender, race and ‘diversity’ in general has lead commentators to question what, if anything, it really has to do with science.