One basic principle of science and reason is that correlation doesn’t prove causation. For example, someone points out that females are under represented as mathematicians. Then you can count on some Social Justice Warrior (SJW) self righteously claiming this demonstrates “systemic bias” against females in the field of mathematics.
Nope that doesn’t prove any such thing. It could be true but it is not necessarily true. The reason may be that females are simply less interested in math for a number of reasons.
But whoa, that is a microaggression to challenge this Social Justice Warrior’s narrative! You might hurt someone’s feelings by pointing out the basic fact that correlation does not prove causation. There are a lot of potential factors that do not involve some sort of evil bias – see Why Men are better than Women at Math for one.
The truth seems to be that a lot of things like this are a lot more complicated and not easily summarized in simplistic claims like “systemic bias.” Explanations could be due to genetic inheritance (nature) but could also be due to social conditioning (nurture), or something in between. Sometimes we just don’t know for certain.
Unfortunately though most SJWs seem to want to explain just about anything they perceive as bias or injustice as stemming from old, white males of European descent! Not only that, they often want to condemn anyone trying to find plausible alternative explanations to their fatuous assertions.
How about the assertion that very high unemployment rates among young black men in the inner cities is due to “systemic racism”? Certainly statistics back up that a lot of people in this category of Americans are not holding down traditional jobs and are disproportionately represented in crime statistics – see The Problem of Race Relations or Do black Americans commit more crime?
Maybe an alternative explanation is that these young men didn’t try to learn anything in school and often harassed or even physically attacked other young black teenagers trying to learn something as “acting white”? Now they have very few, if any, skills that employers might want to pay them for. Nope, can’t say that, it is a microaggression, even if it obviously true.
Apparently seeking truth now is a microaggression. Reasoning by looking at all the facts is now a microaggression. When people start seeing reality as a microaggression it is not reality that is to blame.
Now we have people even claiming that math is racist. Professor Rochelle Gutierrez at the University of Illinois writes:
“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.”
“curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods
Speaking of Europeans – which she mentions above – the fact is that the Enlightenment in Europe was one of the truly momentous events in human history. Dismissing it as “whiteness” is the act of an intellectual charlatan. From Wikipedia:
The Age of Enlightenment (also known as the Age of Reason or simply the Enlightenment) was an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during the 18th century, the “Century of Philosophy.”
“The Enlightenment included a range of ideas centered on reason as the primary source of knowledge and advanced ideals such as liberty, progress, toleration, fraternity, constitutional government and separation of church and state.”Age of Enlightenment
The Founders of the United States were heavily influenced by the Enlightenment
Personally I think it is a shame that good money is being paid to bad professors like this. She is bad because she is trying very hard to find excuses and not real explanations. She is bad because she is part of the progressive “woke” culture that is only interested in explanations that involve racism and prejudice, explanations that point to old, white males as the root of all evil.
If you want to find a racist, a real honest-to-god racist, it is the “woke” people who see nothing but race when looking for explanations. In fact it is these people who have for about fifty years preached to black people that they are the victims of “systemic racism” that are largely responsible for many racial problems today.
Unfortunately too many blacks believe the unending stream of propaganda from the Left that pits blacks and whites against each other as enemies. No wonder young black men in the inner cities are often drawn to crime – someone has convinced them that is their only choice.
This Professor Rochelle Gutierrez is very clearly a racist. I define “racist” as a person who always looks to the race of a person first and believe that race largely defines a person.
Anyway, you are now warned that probably trying to teach real math and science might be viewed as a microaggression by some very misguided people. Having some reverence for the great minds of the Enlightenment is a microaggression. Reality, reason, history, and common sense are all probably microaggressions now.