Is the solar eclipse racist? The Atlantic thinks so. Cancel your sun-watching party. The racist eclipse fails to affect enough black people.
This was a very lengthy essay on The Atlantic. It is titled "American Blackout." This article is over 4,500 articles and appears to not be satire. Are they trying to one-up The Boston Globe who claimed that the eclipse was biased toward President Trump. How is that possible? Because the only states who will see 100% coverage are those in the middle of the United States. You know, the people who voted for Trump.
This essay was actually written by a university professor. Does that surprise you? Alice Ristroph of Brooklyn Law School is the author.
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people. Presumably, this is not explained by the implicit bias of the solar system.
So she truly believes the eclipse is able to exhibit bias. Don't worry, it gets worse.
Oregon, where this begins, is almost entirely white. The 10 percent or so of state residents who do not identify as white are predominantly Latino, American Indian, Alaskan, or Asian. There are very few black Oregonians.
From Oregon, the Great American Eclipse will travel through Idaho and Wyoming. (It will catch a tiny unpopulated piece of Montana, too.) Percentage-wise, Idaho and Wyoming are even whiter than Oregon. And as in Oregon, but even more so, the few non-white residents of Idaho and Wyoming are not black — they are mostly Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan.
Here she is taking a shot at the racism in the heartland. Somehow Oregon gets lumped in there.
After Wyoming, the eclipse will go through Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri ...
The total eclipse will be visible from Lincoln, Nebraska, the state’s capital, which reports a black population of 3.8 percent. The city of Omaha has a greater black population, about 14 percent. It is home to many of the refugees from Africa and elsewhere that Nebraska has welcomed in recent years, many of whom now work in slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants. But Omaha is about 50 miles northeast of the path of totality.
I guess when your magazine is failing miserably you have try to get viewers by any means necessary. This is a completely serious article. According to The Atlantic this eclipse is freaking racist. NOW I've heard it all.