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Mathematics Prof Claims Proficiency in Math is White Supremacy

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Legal Insurrection www.legalinsurrection.com posted a piece by Mike LaChance which begins with this aggressive quotation from Deborah Lowenberg Ball, a mathematics professor and former dean of the University of Michigan School of Education: “the very nature of the knowledge and who’s produced it, and what has counted as mathematics is itself dominated by whiteness and racism.” Taking the matter a step further, Ball declaims that math proficiency is white supremacy.

Ball displays a penchant for race-drenched hyperbole. The article continues: “In the latest episode of the EdFix Podcast, Ball complains that math is a “harbor for whiteness” and that the very nature of the this knowledge is dominated by whiteness and racism. Ball interprets that perceiving math proficiency to be a sign of intelligence is “raced.” Ball’s perspectives are, in some venues, treated reverentially, as if Ball were coherent. For example, in response to hearing her words, host, Michel Feuer, dean of the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, allegedly reacted as follows: “Listening to you is the greatest positive reinforcement to be in this profession.”

LaChance opines: “Unsurprisingly, Ball’s solution included a plug for her consultancy, TeachingWorks, funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. TeachingWorks is no doubt ready to profit by assisting school districts to interrupt “patterns of racism.”

LaChance’s post continues: “Ball’s views and Feuer’s obeisance sound like parody. Yet, this dangerous paradigm — that getting the right answer, using the right method, or believing some students are more capable than others is white supremacy — is strongly endorsed by educators, leading mathematics organizations, and policy-makers. Include, in the latter group, the Oregon and California Departments of Education. Much of the research and the dissemination of this twaddle is funded by the Gates Foundation, which last year spent $642 million for its U.S. program, including Pathways and other initiatives that focus on eliminating white supremacy from math.”

A logical question, and not an obtuse one, thus arises: So what? If white supremacy produced math and mastery of math, does that not conclusively prove that white supremacy is a great virtue? Indeed, let us ponder how quickly Ball would scuttle over to a malpractice plaintiff’s lawyer if her people-of-color doctor failed to accurately add up and correctly interpret all her vital signs and measures during a check for cancer?

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. gary

    April 13, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Didn’t they make a movie about the 3 black female mathematicians that were involved in our space program that got us to the moon and back safely? I thought so.

  2. David

    April 13, 2022 at 10:10 am

    How can anything that is 100% pure logic and devoid of emotion be considered racism? Absolute utter garbage. Keep dividing this nation by color, religion, socioeconomic status, etc and we are doomed. Stop making white people out to be some demon. Most people in this country are just trying to survive, not perpetuate racism. This woman disgust me on so many levels. Worse yet, this evil charlatan parading around as some sort of savior needs to be reeled in. Bill Gates is a foe, not a friend to the common man

  3. Mary Lou Hemann

    April 13, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Complete lunacy! What a dreadful lunatic… did she even notice that she is white?

  4. FedUp

    April 13, 2022 at 10:46 am

    So are they saying that blacks are simply too ignorant to be able to comprehend math? That to be proficient in math you must be white? Did anyone explain that to Dr. Ben Carson? He must be really confused now.

  5. G. C. Gomez

    April 13, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    So I guess we can be safe in saying that by the fact that she is a Mathematics “professor” she is a Raciest. Last time I checked the ability to “learn” lies with each individual which God himself created. Be this individual black,brown,white or any other color skin. It’s the teacher’s ability to make sure their students comprehend what is being taught NOT THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN!

  6. Ray dion

    April 13, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    These people get dumber by the day, what a waste of a human being!!!!!!

  7. Donna

    April 14, 2022 at 10:31 am

    This is complete moronic ridiculousness! Why is it that these strange people pin everything as racist these days? Good Lord help us all!! This lunatic has a consultancy, TeachingWorks. Which is partly funded by no other than Bill Gates! Hmmmm

  8. Vince

    April 15, 2022 at 10:33 am

    You cannot make this stuff up. I am Black and math works. How is that White supremacy when it works? This is the dumbest thing anyone has ever said. She is dumb as a box of rocks.

  9. Bobc

    April 16, 2022 at 9:18 am

    She is an idiot and living proof that mathematics is not a gauge for intelligence!!

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