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Chemicals of Color

Rice University — hey, that’s a well-respected school! — is leading the fight against white supremacy and landing a smashing a blow to the Patriarchy! How? By the introduction of AFROCHEMISTRY, by which the inequity and bias of chemical reactions can be examined and confessed to. Another huge win for Science Studies!

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C.G. McCann
January 25, 2024 2:44 AM

If I were black, I would be SOOOOOO offended that someone thought I was too stupid to take a “white-based” chemistry class. Of course, I am white, and I LOVED chemistry, so maybe that is proof that she is right…

James Brown
January 24, 2024 10:43 PM

The more I hear about what’s going on with these courses in ‘Ivy League’ schools, the more I wonder who’d be silly enough to hire these graduates.
Either these professors are blind to how it makes their students look, or they simply don’t care.

Thad Balmas
January 24, 2024 5:22 PM

79K/year? Totally ridiculous…and who’s going to get stuck with that bill I wonder.

Daniel Cutshall
January 24, 2024 10:30 AM

She got her PhD from Stanford in what? None of the actual sciences I’m sure, but probably in Psychology or Sociology with an emphasis in DEI no doubt! Just another example of our culture and society striving hard for the lowest common denominator!!!

David Pimentel
January 24, 2024 10:12 AM

What is absolutely hilarious to me as an engineer is that this class has the following attributes at the time of this comment:

No Final Exam9 of 15 enrolled as of 24-JAN-2024 11:33AMNo prior knowledge of chemistry or African American studies is required for engagement in this course.It’s an easy “A” for someone who must pad his GPA. Unless, of course, he cannot keep his Wokeness-opposing mouth shut in class.

RICE: Unconventional Wisdom

At least they got the Unconventional bit correct.


reference. https://courses.rice.edu/courses/courses/!SWKSCAT.cat?p_action=COURSE&p_term=202420&p_crn=25669

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Ron Swansons Alter Ego
Reply to  David Pimentel
January 24, 2024 12:57 PM

I recall taking what I thought was an easy A course to keep my GPA up when courses like Boundary Layer Theory were kicking my butt. So I took one from the Communications Department on the History of Film. It seemed like a fun look at how film making technology had evolved. Well this guy took his subject matter very seriously. It was quite possibly my second most time consuming class that semester. It wasn’t hard, but time needed to be spent. The only thing I recall from the class is before “Moving Pictures”, in 1878, a photographer took a… Read more »

Alan Strawn
January 24, 2024 8:30 AM

I had an interesting conversation with my left-leaning college-educated brother who’s over 70 years old about a “problem” that’s occurring in the Chesapeake Bay every Spring when the runoff from farmland is flooding downstream into the Bay and overfeeding it. I mentioned that dihydrogen oxide was going down there and causing many problems and that this needed to stop. He agreed!!! Not realizing that what I said is the chemical name for WATER!

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Road Rider
Reply to  Alan Strawn
January 24, 2024 12:34 PM

50 up votes for the Dihydrogen Oxide …..I’ve used that gag countless times, and each time I really should have been capturing video and audio. Freaking comedy gold! Folks who know, just tilt their heads and say, “you think I’m an idiot, right?”. Folks who don’t know, you know, the really informed ones, they jump on the soap box at once to scream about the dangers of man made petro chemicals like dihydrogen oxide and how they should be banned! Comedy Gold!

Brother Bob
January 24, 2024 7:56 AM

Correction: Rice WAS a serious research university.
I don’t find her interesting enough to spend any time on this, but I’ll bet a five minute search of her resume / LinkedIn profile will read like a Marxist handbook

ACTS (TM)
January 24, 2024 6:11 AM

When you require excellence, excellence is what you will get. When you require nothing more than mediocrity, failure is what you get.

JOHN GIBBONS
January 24, 2024 6:03 AM

This course smells of the academic rot that is destroying higher ed. It probably is an easy class that was created to satisfy some gen-ed credits. The only real chemistry here is academic ineptitude mixing with natural student laziness to produce more revenue.
The residue is unqualified grads with loans that dwarf their skills and earning potential.

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