September 26, 2021

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Scientific American Says Jedi Are Problematic White Saviors, Practice Toxic Masculinity.

Scientific American, founded in 1845, has published such brilliant minds as Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, and explored subjects as diverse as perpetual motion and solar neutrinos.

These days, however, the magazine is concerning itself with somewhat different topics — like how “problematic” the fictional space warriors known as Jedi are.

In a story published Thursday, titled “Why the Term ‘JEDI’ Is Problematic for Describing Programs That Promote Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” a group of five authors argue, “The Jedi are inappropriate mascots for social justice.”

They say the scientific world should jettison the Jedi, including naming anything after them or displaying any Star Wars memorabilia in common work spaces, because the space knights are “emblems for a host of dangerously reactionary values and assumptions.”

It’s good to see the staid reactionaries at Scientific American finally reaching consensus with Jonathan Last from 19 years ago in the Weekly Standard:The Case for the Empire,” and Sonny Bunch in the Washington Post in 2015: The destruction of Alderaan was completely justified.” Not to mention Last that same year, who pointed out that the Rebels kept slaves.

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