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Science Must Fall: it’s time to decolonise science

17 October 2016

12:36 PM

17 October 2016

12:36 PM

First we had Rhodes Must Fall, now it’s the turn of Science Must Fall. Students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa have taken issue with the science faculty — or science in general, to be more exact.

The issue? Science as it is currently understood is colonial and ought to be abolished. At a meeting on the pressing issue, students gathered to air their grievances with some claiming that witchcraft holds just as much merit as Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity— they are both ways of explaining the world:

‘Decolonising the science would mean doing away with it entirely and starting all over again to deal with how we respond to the environment and how we understand it.’

Given that the last time a Falls movement began in South Africa, it shortly made its way to Oxford — with students including Ntokozo Qwabe calling for a ‘racist’ statue of Cecil Rhodes to be removed from Oriel College — don’t be too surprised if a similar debate will soon be had over the Oxbridge curriculum.

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