Is Math Racist?

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Champaign, Illinois (Accredited Times) – White Privilege has infected all facets of society.  Politics.  Law.  The criminal justice system.  And, yes, even mathematics.

Wait, mathematics?  Yes, mathematics.  As Professor Rochelle Gutiérrez, an accredited mathematics professor at the University of Illinois, has explained: “On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness.”  “Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,” she continued.  Racist features in mathematics include the “Pythagorean theorem and pi,” which perpetuate “a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

Gutiérrez has a highly accredited background and receives a high income from taxpayers in Illinois (over $112,000 per year) — an income that she undoubtedly deserves as taxpayers seek to boost flagging test scores in “STEM” subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  Her online bio describes her important scholastic focus:

“Dr. Gutierrez’ scholarship focuses on equity issues in mathematics education, paying particular attention to how race, class, and language affect teaching and learning.  Through in-depth analyses of effective teaching/learning communities and longitudinal studies of developing and practicing teachers, her work challenges deficit views of students who are Latin@/x, Black, and/or American Indian and suggests that mathematics teachers need to be prepared with much more than just content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, or knowledge of diverse students if they are going to be successful.  Her current research projects focus upon: developing in pre-service teachers the knowledge and disposition to teach powerful mathematics to urban students; the roles of uncertainty, tensions, and ‘Nepantla’ in teaching; and the political knowledge (and forms of creative insubordination) that mathematics teachers need to effectively teach in an era of high-stakes education.”

Professor Rochelle Gutiérrez (above) is oppressed.  Although she is paid a high salary, she deserves more money.

According to Gutiérrez, racism in mathematics is pervasive.  People of Color commonly “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”

We need more professors like Professor Gutiérrez to expose just how racist the mathematical disciplines are.  Mathematics exams should focus on questions of race, class, sex, gender identity, Islamophobia, and White Privilege — NOT irrelevant subjects, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or Euclidean algorithms.

“Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?” Professor Gutiérrez wondered.  If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned.”

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, just 19% of African-American fourth-graders are “proficient” in mathematics.  The numbers for African-American eighth-graders are even lower.  Just 13% are “proficient” in mathematics.  These studies undoubtedly show that racism pervades mathematics curricula and that teachers are focusing excessively on white-friendly themes rather than oppression-related subjects.

Accredited Times commentator Trav777 has suggested abolishing mathematics altogether.  “Everything is a social construct and thus when we find blacks who are bad at math, we should abolish math.”  Many progressives have wondered if abolishing mathematics even goes far enough.  Some have argued for abolishing science as well.

Social justice MUST be the focus of mathematics classes.  Until then, our schools will continue to fail our children, and America will lag behind the rest of the world in the STEM fields.

MillionDollarBonus

Wow Professor Gutiérrea is such a wise Latino womyn! We can always trust womyn and people of color who enter the STEM field or any other field to start talking about white male oppression and bigotry. Latinos and blacks have a long, rich history of doing mathematics on par with the works of Leibniz, Euler and Newton. The IQ tests conducted on millions of people countless times that suggest otherwise are wrong and racist.

trav777

BLM, also reference my previous article on how Science Must Fall…it was on AT.

Additionally, thanks for the shoutout and anyone, feel free to turn my long post on Trans in the military and the critical contribution of lack of diversity in every single military failure in history. It’s crucial information that the public and military planners need to know. I’m too lazy to do it because of white privilege.

As far as schooling people goes, after watching television and progressive media, I’ve concluded that colored skin and having a vagina are THE most important things that have ever happened. They are simply so unique and so unprecedented that they must be constantly celebrated and remembered, but not quite as much as The Holocaust, of course.

So schools should focus on The Holocaust, and the central importance of vaginas and colored skin, without which nothing could have ever occurred for all time. Math is so last millennium.

MillionDollarBonus

I was in a Hotel last night and all the television channels were showing re-runs of 90’s Hollywood movies, showing smart single mothers drinking wine at lunch and enjoying their independence, while strong, intelligent black chief detectives bossed white males around, and pathetic white males who were divorced and unable to satisfy their women or do anything right committed evil acts and made fools of themselves. GOD I hate white males after watching some of those scenes!

trav777

If in some bizarro world, what you saw on TV wasn’t true or even vaguely based on reality, someone might almost get the idea that people who run the entertainment industry are Big Lie-ers and hate not only whites but western civilization in general.

But with guys with all-american names like Sumner Redstone, Chuck Lorre, and Lorne Michaels running things, you can be assured that such a thing is merely foolish paranoia.

MillionDollarBonus

Yes, those are all white people running it. Just like the Scot John Stewart and Englishman John Oliver. We know there isn’t a plot to take down white people because white people make the movies and TV shows that denigrate themselves.

Stick Your Proof In My Pudding
Stick Your Proof In My Pudding

Latinx is the new gender-neutral word the past couple of months. We are in 2017!

But I get your point – yes she is very wise and ahead of the curve on this one.

MillionDollarBonus

Sorry, Latinx, of course! Of course there’s a specific gender-neutral term just for Latinos, how could I forget! We progressives are so logical and sane.

Stick Your Proof In My Pudding
Stick Your Proof In My Pudding

Is math racist?

Please remember this rule that is used by the black community.

“If you have to ask if it’s racist, then it is racist.”

Thank you!

#accredited-times-pick

Make my votes count
Make my votes count

It is however OK to look it up the term in the dictionary like when John Kelly called Frederica Wilson an “empty barrel”

Stick Your Proof In My Pudding
Stick Your Proof In My Pudding

That dictionary is more like a flow chart

Was it a compliment? -> Yes -> was the person saying it white? -> Yes -> Probably racist

Was it a compliment? -> No -> was the person saying it white? -> Yes -> Definitely racist

Compliment? -> Yes -> White? -> No -> Not racist

Compliment? -> No -> White? -> No -> probably just a joke nigga!

MillionDollarBonus

I think you could probably simplify that decision tree quite a bit by putting White? at the top. But don’t take my word for it – I’m a white male so I’m not that good at math.

trav777

You can review sociological research on what is and is not racist.

It’s pretty clear- racism is everywhere but the average person cannot identify the last time they saw it. When pressed, people of Color will say that at times white people were a bit too nice to them, which is clearly racist. Other times, white people were simply not quite nice enough, which is clearly racist.

So your flowchart is…”white? Racist.” Racist is yiddish for white.

hank
hank

I’d hit it…. if she doesn’t have a penis.

By the sounds of it though, probably a good candidate for duct tape over the mouth – which limits some other options.

Based on that hairline though, I bet she is pretty hairy. What do you think?

#rape

#sexist

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

Most people in Illinois don’t avail themselves of math, especially politicians and state budget officials. Drug dealers, loan sharks, hookers and hoodlums need math. But nobody in Illinois in either camp gives a damn about Ms. Gutiérrez’ pie-in-the-sky teachings.

Is there even one Chicago hoodlum or Illinois budget official gonna use this abstract crap? HELL NO. Ms. Gut-whats-he-name needs to donate her nepantlan pay to a worthy cause such as the NRA or Police Dog Bite Training Institute. IMMEDIATELY.

#post-truth

Pbier

When I ask myself whether maths is racist or not, I remember a typical question asked in this discipline:

“What is 10 plus 10?”

The unstated white privilege behind this question is staggering. Since white people have stolen everything from blacks, how would the latter possibly know what having even five of anything might feel like, let alone having TEN and then adding ANOTHER TEN to that? Let’s pay reparations and then numbers might start meaning something.

Until then (or in case we are talking about children born out of wedlock), numbers are meaningless and ever so racist

trav777

In addition, numbers higher than 3 are RACIST by nature because blacks, in harmony with gaia, had number systems prior to colonization that went, “1, 2, 3, many.” TEN is a white construct. It isn’t necessary for blacks to do these things, they were just fine in harmony with nature, with mind controlled flying pyramids powered by peanut butter before the evil white man came with his decimal numbering system!

And the native americans, too…let’s not forget about them. They didn’t kill off every megafauna in the hemisphere, nor did they stampede entire herds off of cliffs and waste tons of meat, nor did they light entire forests on fire to kill the animals that ran out of them, nor did they genocide each other. These are all artifacts of the destructiveness of whiteness. No person of color was ever guilty of any negative behaviors.

MillionDollarBonus

Africans invented peanut butter, the water pistol and reggae reggae sauce!

braphog
braphog

This is crappy reporting. Gutierrez is not a professor of mathematics. She is a professor of education with no relevant publications in math. Very few actual mathematicians concern themselves with this nonsense. Quit trying to pollute STEM with this identitarian garbage.

#racist

MillionDollarBonus

How DARE you criticize a Latino woman of color, you fucking white male. So Professor Gutierrez is not a real professor?? Why not? She’s probably a contender for a fields medal!

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