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It's Official: Math is Racist - BornAgainAmerican - 01-13-2018

I sat down this morning with a pen and a piece of paper. Across the top of the page I wrote a row of numbers in sequence from 0 to 9. I sat in silence for a few minutes after they were written down and waited for one of them to look guilty, or say something awkward. None did. I then accused them, each in turn, of being racist. Still nothing. I showed them each a picture of someone clearly of a different race to me, their creator, and still no reaction. To me, they just appeared to be normal, uncaring numbers, but to David Gillborn, a professor at the University of Birmingham, they "frequently encode racist perspectives beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity". (How's that for a mouthful of $20 words?)

Maybe my 'white privilege' blinds me to the racist encoding within my numbers. How would I know? As far as I can tell, I'm not a racist. I don't go around 'hating' on people of other races, regardless of how they look. Even when they walk around with their pants around their knees. But then, that might also be my 'white privilege' in action. Maybe I could ask someone of another race if I'm a racist, but then how would I know if they were telling me the truth? Maybe they're the racist and I'm the one being prejudged. Again, how would I know? The same goes for my numbers. They seem like just regular old numbers to me... Here's a thought; maybe my numbers are racist because I picked up a pen with black ink. Maybe if I use a different color ink? Something neutral, like blue, for instance?

But what if there's some blue race of aliens out there? Would they then be offended because my numbers appear racist towards them? What about the text on this page? Is it racist also? I'm... Confused...

Like the man said, "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows".

RE: It's Official: Math is Racist - BornAgainAmerican - 01-13-2018

Progladytes see racism everywhere...even where it isn't.