On June 7, 2020, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson published an op-ed in the Washington Post about how being black distracts her from her scientific work on climate change. She is compelled, obligated, to divert valuable time to dealing with racial injustice, which shouldn’t exist, but does. She writes “Consider the discoveries not made, the books not written, the ecosystems not protected, the art not created, the gardens not tended” because blacks must allocate time every day to this most fundamental of injustices. We should all be so distracted, regardless of the color of our skin.
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