The New York university’s woke new course, Black Holes: Race and the Cosmos, seeks to prove a connection between racial bias and scientific terminology. The course description claims to “introduce students to the fundamentals of astronomy concepts through readings in Black Studies” to go against “conventional wisdom” that black holes are not racist.
It added: “Conventional wisdom would have it that the ‘black’ in black holes has nothing to do with race. Surely there can be no connection between the cosmos and the idea of racial blackness. Can there?
“Contemporary Black Studies theorists, artists, fiction writers implicitly and explicitly posit just such a connection.
“Theorists use astronomy concepts like ‘black holes’ and ‘event horizons’ to interpret the history of race in creative ways, while artists and musicians conjure blackness through cosmological themes and images.”
The class will be taught by professors Nicholas Battaglia and Parisa Vaziri, according to the university.
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The phenomenon was not called a black hole until years after it was first identified by Albert Einstein as part of his theory of general relativity in 1915.
The astronomer Karl Schwarzschild expanded on Einstein’s research to define black holes more.
But it wasn’t until 1967 that the term ‘black hole’ was coined and first used by Dr. John A. Wheeler, an American scientist.
According to reports, Dr Wheeler was speaking at a conference in New York when someone in the audience shouted out the term.
The scientist continued to use it in his works and became known for coining the term ‘black hole’.