Re: race and politics--from another list

Michelle B. Golden (mgolden@UNIX.CC.EMORY.EDU)
Mon, 31 Oct 1994 23:11:37 -0500

I submit that looking at the funding source of a study is useful in
understanding the context of that study.

Further, looking at patterns of funding by a particular source
(eugenics research to Prop 187, a political campaign, etc) and the
background of the founders of a foundation can give us a sense for its
political orientation. I personally would be interested to see Pioneer's
funding guidelines and mission statement.

And political orientation (in the broadest sense of the word) is an
appropriate factor to consider when
evaluating someone's work. Some of us are honest about our political
orientations--some prefer (like Rushton) to pretend they're floating
somewhere above the "dirty" world of agendas, beliefs, or political
orientation and are handing down truth like manna from heaven.

Sorry for the melodramatic rhetoric here, but this whole discussion is
beginning to strike me as amusing...maybe my reaction to how absolutely
terrified I am by the whole thing.

Michelle "not a masochist but giggling quite madly now" Golden