(Liberty Bell) – Wow, it really has come to this point.
A liberal professor has claimed that it is literally racist to use the example of 2+2=4 to demonstrate objectivity.
In fact, she hysterically declared on Twitter, to do so actually “reeks of white supremacist patriarchy.”
“The idea that math (or data) is culturally neutral or in any way objective is a MYTH,” Laurie Rubel of Brooklyn College wrote in a tweet that, as you can imagine, has caused quite a social media uproar.
“I’m ready to move on with that understanding. who’s coming with me?”
Oh my goodness. I need an Advil.
Or a drink.
In a follow-up tweet Rubel declared that “along with the ‘of course math is neutral because 2+2=4’ trope” (trope? Seriously?) “are the related (and creepy) ‘math is pure’ and ‘protect math,” which all “reeks of white supremacist patriarchy. I’d rather think on nurturing people & protecting the planet (with math in service of them goals).”
along with the "of course math is neutral because 2+2=4" trope are the related (and creepy) "math is pure" and "protect math."
reeks of white supremacist patriarchy.
i'd rather think on nurturing people & protecting the planet (with math in service of them goals) 🌏❤️💙💚
— Laurie Rubel (@Laurie_Rubel) August 4, 2020
As you can imagine, because there are people with a basic grasp on common sense still out there in the world, thankfully, she caused quite a stir.
The Blaze compiled some of the hilarious reactions:
“Okay this literally has to be parody,” one person commented.
“If I were an astronaut, and you worked for NASA, I would quit my job,” another reacted.
“This may well be one of the dumbest tweets I’ve seen today,” someone else noted. “And given the general nature of Twitter, that’s saying a lot.”
“Silliest tweet I have seen in quite some time,” another commenter opined.
“Math is employed every day to heal people and the earth,” yet another said. “Expanding that is noble, but redefining the tool will not achieve it. It will just create another tool that the next popular ideology will say ‘reeks’.”
And this person had a bit too much fun with the prof’s claims: “If there are 2 idiots in a room, and 2 more idiots walk in, there are still only 4 idiots present, not 5 math teachers.”
Apparently, this isn’t the first time that Rubel has gotten herself some attention for making crazy racial declarations.
People like this seem almost determined to be mocked in right-wing media.
The Blaze notes:
If Rubel’s stance sounds a bit familiar, it may be because she made some headlines a few years back with an academic paper arguing that rewards based on hard work are a “tool of whiteness” that oppresses minorities.
She added in her paper that in order to fix the problem teachers must incorporate social justice ideas into their lesson plans, a process she called “teaching for” social justice to lift up disadvantaged students.
The process “is providing students from underserved, marginalized groups access to challenging mathematics … with the critical equity-directed practices, or teaching about social justice. In other words, dominant equity-directed practices do not challenge the status quo,” she said in her paper for the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education.
Featured image credit: Brooklyn College