Baptiste, H. P., & Boyer, J. B. (2000). African American males and the scientific endeavor. Journal of African American Men, 4(4), 49-61.
Discusses the general absence of African American males in the sciences, and suggests that understanding this lack of representation is critical. Profiles several “ancient Africans of science,” including Imhotep, Elijah McCoy, and Charles R. Drew. Mentions the scientific method’s rejection of the “human dimension” (i.e. gender, race, ethnicity) in research, and suggests African American rejection of such objective scientific theories accounts for the minimal African American representation. Considers the potential for more African Americans in the scientific community to be correlated to the existing communty’s williness to recognize African American contributions and perspectives. Opines that African Americans would add a much-needed diversity to the study of the sciences.
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