This is a good step.
I actually hope that it is received well by Dr. Lee. I am sure that she, like any other reasonable individual, would understand that the actions of one specific employee does not necessarily represent or reflect the sentiments of a particular company as a whole.
Women struggle for respect, fair compensation, and credibility in the workforce, and the scientific community is not beyond its own gender barriers. There is a notable lack of gender diversity in the field of science, and men have always dominated it. To be an accredited woman AND
Black in the scientific community is doubly as rare, as the statistics for Black graduation from any four-year college is amazingly low by comparison to many other groups. Now even at historically black colleges according to the newer numbers.
In that sense Dr. Lee has broken quite a few boundaries, and sadly that makes the sexist and racist correspondence even more bitter.
For a representative of a professional scientific 'questions and answers' website to refer to a woman in the scientific community as a whore (or just in general and regardless of her credentials in my opinion), is an extremely offensive act.
To refer to a Black woman in the scientific community as a 'urban whore' is just outrageously inappropriate and nauseating.
To refer to a Black woman as an 'urban whore' for not submitting free content that you would then hope to utilize in order to increase web traffic and thus advertising revenue is hypocritically damnable and mind boggling beyond description.
Ofek, I suspect, did not work for free.
In any event, I am glad that this site has sensible leadership and that this apology was issued, however informal it may be.
- B.T. Way