There are very, very few African-American astrophysics PhDs. That’s for a reason. I was doing something people of my skin color were not supposed to do.
I was stopped and questioned seven times by University police on my way into the physics building,” he explained. “Seven times. Zero times was I stopped going into the gym — and I went to the gym a lot. That says all you need to know about how welcome I felt at Texas."
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an anomaly in American science
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (via nevervulgar)