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Math Isn't and Can't Be "Racist" as Claimed
"Woke" Advocates Are Destroying Their Own Credibility With Impossible Claims
The latest example is Luis Leyva, an associate professor of mathematics education at Vanderbilt University, who just delivered a lecture claiming that college math is "white" and "cisheteropatriarchal"
Unfortunately, his views were given considerable credence because he was permitted to make such claims at the "largest mathematics gathering in the world" ( Joint Mathematics Meetings 2023).
But, says Banzhaf - known for his work in Game Theory (a branch of mathematics)
While it obviously has many practical applications, the math behind many of those real-world uses in highly theoretical;
Thus, while some teachers of math undoubtedly may individually engage in discrimination, the subject itself can hardly be racist or cisheteropatriarchal, and trying to pressure math professors to "decolonize"
Ironically, mathematics has been an important tool in fighting racism, says Banzhaf, noting its application in many cases to demonstrate illegal discrimination based upon race in diverse areas such a hiring, the application of the death penalty, traffic stops, discipline in schools, etc.
Indeed, Banzhaf notes how he and his students used statistical analysis to successfully pressure a major airline to hire more pilots and pilot trainees who are Black. He has also brought other legal actions which successfully challenged discrimination based upon race, gender, etc., and successfully used mathematics in various public health actions.
Claiming that everything, even a pure theoretical discipline such as mathematics, is racist or sexist or homophobic robs those important words and concepts of any real meaning, and undercuts efforts to use mathematical tools such as statistics to fight legitimate discrimination, argues the professor.