No Science is Neutral : A long hard look at Bain’s Affidavit and the Aftermath  


Here is a perspective from our friends in Grenada. They ask: “People struggling to carve out some space for humanity and dignity is a “lobby” now?”

Groundation Grenada

 :: by Tonya Haynes & Angelique V. Nixon ::

 “Expectations” from The Neighbourhood Report by Barbadian artist Ewan Atkinson

Since the announcement of the termination of Professor Bain’s short post-retirement contract with CHART (Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network), there has been a growing movement in protest over his termination. Most recently, the Jamaica Supreme Court has granted an injunction which prevents UWI from removing Bain from the post. And so the story continues to unfold and the issues at hand debated from a variety of perspectives. What is most intriguing, however, is the way in which the affidavit itself has been framed as neutral and an objective use of research.

Noted writers and scholars such as Carolyn Cooper and Kei Miller have argued that having read Professor Bain’s affidavit there was very little in it that was objectionable, that essentially he is a scientist reporting “facts.” Even though Kei…

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