We’ve seen liberals call a lot of things racist or “white privileged,” but this one really takes the cake.
Or at least the protractor.
Rochelle Gutierrez, a professor at the University of Illinois, argues in a newly book that algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate “unearned privilege” among white students.
“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she writes.
“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,” the book continues.
Is it a joke? Is it real?
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According to Guitierrez, math is racist because a lot of words used in the mathematical lexicon originate in predominately white European countries like Greece.
Guitierrez added that math encourages white privilege because “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”
This apparently perpetuates a form of “unearned” white privilege as well, because most math professors are white. This apparently encourages minorities to be viewed as racial lessers because there are fewer black or Hispanic math professors.
This, claims Guitierrez, creates microaggressions in the classroom.
Except haven’t we been hearing lectures about how Asian-Americans are stereotyped as being good at math, and that racism is spread that way?