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.
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.
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?)
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
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.
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?
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.
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.