Houston, we have a problem.
An organization affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine is spending $600,000 to promote “diversity” in grant recipients who are focused on helping humans survive in space. It goes to show there’s no part of healthcare that wokeness ignores.
The group in question is the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH for short) which is funded by NASA and located at Baylor’s Texas campus. It announced this significant new funding after discovering that “15 percent of its grant applicants identified as Asian, 3 percent as Hispanic or Latino and 2 percent as Black or African American.”
One TRISH leader says this $600,000 is about “starting to really turn on the pipe and really increase the pipeline for underrepresented researchers.” It is targeted to “develop a larger network of underrepresented researchers,” including “women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQ and people from racial and ethnic groups that the National Science Foundation reports are underrepresented in health-related sciences.”
But why does diversity matter to space-related research? Helping humans survive in space depends on finding – and funding – the best possible research. Focusing on diversity first threatens that goal by making the skin color of a scholar more important than actual scholarship. Far from advancing human survivability in space, race- and gender-based efforts like these could hold back the very progress they’re supposed to promote.
The woke push for diversity is all-encompassing, and no part of healthcare will be left out in the push to make decisions based on race. Apparently that includes medical research involving outer space.
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