**Stink at math? Active racial bias ‘sees’ a new solution**

Roses are red, violets are blue and now apparently arithmetic is white – white and privileged.

Solving

complex math problems – geometry, algebra, and trigonometry (not an

exclusive list) – is apparently now the domain of white privilege. White

people learning, solving, and – horror of horrors – *teaching* this is the new shame-stick.

Who

is wielding this newfangled cowing device, intended to put a highly

select light under a bushel? A Latina mathematician, one Professor

Rochelle Gutierrez, who sees no shame in her demonstration of all

matters mathematical at the University of Illinois where she teaches,

despite the reality that math difficulties are not the exclusive domain

of people of color. (A quick trip to the university art department would

disabuse Gutierrez of the fallacy that those of European descent

actually have skin that is “white,” but when crossing the line of

objective reality which delineates mathematics from the subjective

pastime of slurring for sales – book sales – who cares?)

We’re

talking painful marginalization here. Facts aren’t important. Feelings

are supreme, especially the inflated variety that would have a college

educated math professor take a fetal position – or try to get others to

adopt it – because words like “Pythagorean Theorem” and “pi” reveal that

much of what the modern world knows of math today is due to Greek

thinkers and other Europeans who failed to grasp that their attempt to

solve life’s problems and build great cities would make others feel left

out.

But who *is* left out?

Gutierrez is Latina and

female, yet she is the college professor. How, if people of color were

left out of learning and teaching, marginalized for their apparent lack

of arithmetic prowess, did this woman rise to such a position? In a

vacuum? By way of race shaming and no opportunity? How are those of

Asian descent – stereotypically known for number genius – figured into

this curious equation?

Readers may never know, thanks to the push for revisionist reality.

Shaming

is out for anyone except those who shamefully grasp at whatever is

popular to foster their own ideas and create the illusion of divisions

that aren’t there. According to Fox News,

“Rochelle Gutierrez laid out her views on the subject in an article for

a newly published anthology for math educators titled, ‘Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods.’

… There are so many people who ‘have experienced microaggressions from

participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether

they can reason abstractly.)'”

How about judging the abstract reach of pretending math is white?

By

Gutierrez’s logic, is washing clothes a nagging microagression against

colors of all shades? A rejection of natural diversity? An expression of

racism in the unrelenting pursuit of bleached perfection?

There’s a passage of rant poetry in there somewhere. Call up Ashley Judd for a channeling of “Nasty Woman.”

And don’t get started on the health “benefit” of whites-only scrambled

eggs. Meringue is a racist mountain of stiff-necked privilege!

“Mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” Gutierrez is quoted at Fox.

Check out the fuzzy math in the video:

So,

what to do if you’re white and stink at math? Take delight in your

non-conformist shortcoming? Or just hide in the corner, knowing your

shortfalls are your own and you have nobody and nothing to blame because

“you” have had “every” opportunity … including the math gene that

evaded you to such a degree that you flunked out of Math for Liberal

Arts in college.

Fox News notes, “In the book Gutierrez points out

that mathematics operates as a proxy for intelligence, but asks, ‘Are

we really that smart just because we do mathematics? As researchers, are

we more deserving of large grants because we focus on mathematics

education and not social studies or English?'”

No, Professor Gutierrez, you’re not *that*

smart. (Thank you for the demonstration.) You’re also not more

deserving of grants, but you’re also no more deserving of attention

because you are attempting to divert the reality that different people

have different talents no matter what their skin color. And all people

should be encouraged to develop those talents without being shamed or

given a lame excuse to leave off acknowledging the reality that

different means different.