Today`s Headline In Racism: Math Is Racist / Exemplifies White Privilege. College Professor Asks “Are We Really That Smart Just Because We Do Mathematics?”
Similar to the series we do titled Social Justice Warriors To The Rescue, this is our Today’s Headline In Racism. This one will address everything racist that white people are accused of. Some past horrific examples that emanate racism include schools serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as students not making eye contact when speaking to someone.
Today’s racism alert comes from Rochelle Gutierrez, a self acclaimed community activist and professor at the University of Illinois. Her exhausting report in the “Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods” is backed up by her claims that minorities have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… (where people are) judged by whether they can reason abstractly,’ and that ‘If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned.’ She has also posed the deeply philosophical question (which I`m sure will be a serious topic of debate for millennia) – “Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?”