Today's award goes to a moonbat professor who can't think straight.
A math education professor at the University of Illinois argued in a newly published book that algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate “unearned privilege” among whites.
Rochelle Gutierrez, a professor at the University of Illinois, made the claim in a new anthology for math teachers, arguing that teachers must be aware of the “politics that mathematics brings” in society.
“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,” Gutierrez argued.
Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans."
Math also helps actively perpetuate white privilege too, since the way our economy places a premium on math skills gives math a form of “unearned privilege” for math professors, who are disproportionately white ... she also worries that evaluations of math skills can perpetuate discrimination against minorities, especially if they do worse than their white counterparts.
“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned,” she says, adding that there are so many minorities who “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”
There's more at the link.
I have news for the professor:
- Mathematics is a hard science. It doesn't care whether the person doing it is black, white, or puce with purple spots - if they're not mathematically competent, they'll fail. Period.
- Algebra and geometry have nothing to do with "privilege", and everything to do with numeracy.
- Mathematics, in its modern form, as far as the Western world is concerned, WAS "largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans", despite SJW claims to the contrary. Sure, they may have got it from somewhere else, too, but it's where we got it from. Political correctness is no substitute for a knowledge of history.
- If one is not mathematically capable, one WILL always be inferior in ability to those who are. That's got nothing to do with the color of one's skin, either. It's a simple fact of life. I, for example, am no more than competent in basic mathematics. I acknowledge that makes my abilities inferior to those who can handle advanced elements of that science. So what? I can handle what mathematics I need, and I have my own set of abilities, some of which they probably don't have. It balances out, in the end.
As Robert A. Heinlein famously observed:
"Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best, he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear his shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house."
That may sound harsh, but it's not far from the truth. Show me the nation, or society, or culture that has not mastered mathematics, yet has still thrived. I have news for you . . . there aren't any.