The people who signed that open letter saying protests are OK just shit all over credibility.JasonL wrote: ↑25 Jun 2020, 11:40I've been mildly obsessed with the credibility crisis angle for most of the year. I see people do this stuff, then they have the audacity to look you in the eye, call you a denier and ask of the cosmos why don't people trust science and experts lol they so dumb. You think people don't notice when you tell people they can't go to the beach by themselves but BLM protests are good and necessary? You think nobody notices the tactical guidance on masks? You think that fcking lab coat makes people believe you at this point?
Yes, I know, the protesters are outside and many are wearing masks. I freely grant that a protest is safer than, say, a packed nightclub, but that's not saying much. We shut down most of public and commercial life for months and then a bunch of public health researchers sign an open letter saying protests are more important.
The only honest statement they could have made is "Look, protests are dangerous in a pandemic. That's reality. That said, we understand that many people are compelled by conscience to take risks for causes they deem of grave importance. We can't say this is safe, we can only say that this is a risk, so don't take the risk unless conscience compels you, and if conscience does compel you, at least mitigate: Wear a mask, and after a protest self-quarantine."
But they didn't say that. They said that racism is a public health issue so these protests are OK. That's something I'd expect from an astronomer, not a credible public health expert.