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Maths is racist because it requires a "right" answer


Here's a case of soft racism disguised as a righteous lecture (and a call for funding)

Profs help push program that claims math is 'racist' because it requires a 'right answer'

Wyatt Eichholz, CampusReform

A new program promoted by the Oregon Department of Education is designed to "dismantle" instances of "white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom."

Calling all victims! (And if you aren't one now, you will be soon.)

"White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions," the guide states. "Coupled with the beliefs that underlie these actions, they perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics."

From the headline, this new "maths" has all the racist underpinnings of a gloriously oppressive education — one that tells students that maths is really a "white" thing. It's implicit in the mission statement that those with a colored complexion probably won't be good at maths and furthermore, that they can blame white supremacists for that. It's almost like someone was working to make it harder for black mathematicans to believe in themselves, and white mathematicians too. For starters, it has people thinking about their skin color and not the numbers.