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Thoughts on “White math” and other absurdities

Thoughts on “White math” and other absurdities by Peter Burrows – elburropete@gmail.com 3/30/21 

I think it’s ironic that so many liberal white people, consumed by some sort of narcissistic guilt, are openly flouting their racism by trying to show they aren’t racists. Nothing illustrates this hypocrisy better than the lowering of academic standards now being openly pushed at ALL levels of education, not just college, where quotas and affirmative action have been hurting black kids for years, largely at the expense of Asian kids. 

I wrote about this spread of “dumbing down” in my last article, “White Math and Black Math.” (Grant County Beat, 3/27/21.) Let me repeat a sentence from a supplemental instruction course that the Oregon Department of Education recommends for Oregon’s math teachers: 

“White supremacy culture shows up in math classrooms when the focus is on getting the “right” answer.” 

This is a “fact” that most of us, including the kids in the classroom, have been unaware of until now. What the white liberals apparently don’t realize, is that by overtly deemphasizing getting the right answer, for reasons which will be very, very apparent to the kids, white supremacy is tacitly affirmed and black inferiority tacitly acknowledged.  

Question: Don’t they realize how humiliating this is to the minority kids, especially the black kids? 

 Another question: Why aren’t America’s blacks raising Hell about this blatant racism? 

I guess I’m just too damned old to “get” it. I graduated from high school way back in 1957, in a class of 155 that included 10 black kids. Some of those black kids went on to forge distinguished careers, and all of those black kids would have been deeply offended at the assumption they were dumber than their white classmates. A couple of them would have kicked your lily-white racist ass for implying that 

In fact, the black kids were NOT dumber and a few were conspicuously more intelligent than most, if not all, of the white kids, me included. Of course, this was 1957, when the majority of black kids came from two-parent families, where at least one of the parents held a fulltime job, and if there was any black family dependent on welfare, I didn’t know about it. It certainly wasn’t a common condition.  

How times have changed.  Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK in 1963, and then LBJ introduced the Great Society/War-on-Poverty programs, which effectively bought the black vote for his party. As LBJ infamously said, “I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for 200 years.”       

Well, it’s been almost 60 years, and, so far, the old SOB has been right.  The typical black voter today has bought into the white supremacy, intrinsic racism, victimhood BS, and simply can’t see how blacks are being used and denigrated. Too busy picking cotton on Massa LBJ’s Plantation, I guess, or maybe that should be “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” the title of Star Parker’s book. (You can find it on Amazon: $10.99 paperback, 2010 revised edition; 4.7 out of 5 stars, 285 reviews.) 

The tide may be turning, although very slowly. The above-mentioned Star Parker, a classy black lady who ran for Congress in 2010 against a black Democrat incumbent, received only 21% of the vote. Kimberly Klacik, another classy black lady who ran for Congress in 2020 against a black incumbent, won 25% of the vote.  

Based on that objective data, my subjective opinion is that 75% of today’s black voters aren’t worth a damn, down from 79% in 2010. Add to that, 63% of the Asian voters aren’t worth a damn either (they voted for Biden), nor are about 85% of the Jewish voters (ditto).  They join 50% of the white voters who also aren’t worth a damn, and you can see that I am more than just a racist anti-Semite: I’m a deplorable. 

It may be too late to save America. The Democrats have ridden their coalition of racial minorities, imaginary “victims,” social justice warriors and well-meaning whites to one-party rule. They are now busy consolidating their power with voting law changes and a massive raid on the treasury to reward their constituents. This will be followed by huge tax increases, wealth confiscation, and various attacks on the Bill of Rights, such as hate-speech codes, gun seizures, etc. 

There is a slim chance that the Democrat’s coalition will break apart in time to prevent all that. Quite a few Jews and Asians are realizing that they’re second-class Democrats in a party that is essentially ruled by radicals, especially black radicals. Plus, there is a small but growing cadre of black voters who are fed-up with the Democrat Party, and there will certainly be some voters who are no longer lobotomized by Trump Derangement Syndrome.  

Unfortunately, the Republican Party is not an attractive alternative for many of these voters, and I’ll explore why in my next article.     

White Math and Black Math

White Math and Black Math by Peter Burrows 3/27/21 elburropete@gmail.com  — Action finally being taken to accommodate intellectual inferiority of Black Americans —  

Nothing says “white supremacist” more than getting the correct answer to a math problem, and some compassionate educators in Oregon are finally doing something to change that disgusting state of affairs.  The Oregon Department of Education, in their February newsletter, celebrated Black History Month by calling attention to efforts to address systemic racism in all the STEM disciplines (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) but especially mathematics:  

“Are you or your Professional Learning Team looking for a deeper dive into equity work? Our friends at the Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction are offering a virtual micro-course beginning February 25, 2021, titled ‘Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course 2.0: Valuing and elevating student discourse in the math classroom.’ — In this online course, educators will learn key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students —. For information about “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction,” visit www.equitablemath.org” 

If you visit that site, you will find five steps to take, called “Strides.”  On page 66 of the first Stride, “Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction,” you will find a long overdue recognition of what’s been so obvious for so long. Summarized for brevity: 

“White supremacy culture shows up in math classrooms when the focus is on getting the “right” answer. The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so. Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”   

This is all part of the ongoing progressive campaign to define reality as something subjective: if you are a black kid, from now on your math answer is never wrong, which means you never have to feel inferior. In the old objective world, you black kids who couldn’t do 2 + 2 = 4 were in fact inferior, but no more!   

Perpetuating objectivity is something that must be eliminated if we are to protect the feelings of students who have a difficult time coming up with the “right” answer, which is such a white privilege thing. If there is no “right” answer, then there is no “wrong” answer to feel bad about! “Right” and “wrong” are so racist, so white supremacist. 

DOWN WITH ETHNOMATHEMATICS!!  

Multiracial whiteness exacerbates the problem:  it’s the Jewish kids and Asian kids who really flout their white supremacy in math (and lots of other schoolwork.) Oh, and if you think Asians are people of color, you are so unwoke! The upward mobility and extraordinary economic success of Asian Americans makes them WHITE BY ADJACENCY!  

That self-evident fact was very apparent in a statement last month from the Chinese Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY,) a horridly racist group who think school admissions should be based on academic merit, not skin color. Ha! Easy for them to say. 

Another move to protect the feelings of minority students was recently taken when the Boston Public Schools suspended a program for high–performing 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Superintendent Brenda Cassellius recommended a one-year hiatus for the program, Advanced Work Classes, saying the district would not proceed with the program for new students next year. “There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address,” Cassellius said.      

Boston schools are nearly 80 percent black and Hispanic while the program has 70 percent white and Asian enrollment.  Whether the program will be restarted under new admission standards is not known at this time. If so, one can only hope the new standards will not incorporate such silly concepts as getting the “right” answer.  Such standards have for too long skewed the SAT scores and college admissions to favor multiracial white supremacy. 

New Mexico, not to be outdone when it comes to compassionate teaching for minorities, recently passed the Black Education Act, which “creates critical mechanisms to address the significant educational disparities that exist for Black students in New Mexico,” said House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D – Albuquerque.)  

No cost estimates for this new program were available, but anybody who would worry about something so irrelevant is obviously a racist. In fact, New Mexico could set an example for the rest of the nation if we instituted separate schools for black kids, staffed and equipped with the best that money can buy!! Separate but unequal!! 

You saw it here first, folks.    

(Note to readers: I hope reading this upset you as much as writing it did me. Also, if you are a black American who is a naturalized citizen, e.g., you immigrated from Nigeria, your IQ is probably higher than average and WAY above that of the typical white liberal.)  

Sources: 

www.amren.com/news/2021/02/oregon-promotes-teacher-program-that-seeks-to-undo-racism-in-mathematics/ 

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https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/mew-mexico-legislative-session-2021/63528-black-education-act-headed-to-senate-floor

Global warming, where art thou?

Global warming, where art thou? By Peter Burrows 3/24/21 – elburropete@gmail.com 

It’s snowing here in Silver City, NM, which happens occasionally, but rarely in the last week of March.  In the 16 years I’ve lived here, this is the coldest March I can recall.  What’s-her-name tells me my memory isn’t what it used to be, so maybe I’m mistaken, but I don’t think so. 

At the Geezer Lunch Club meeting a couple weeks ago, the quips were on the order of, “Boy, we could sure use a little of that global warming about now,” and, “Where’s Al Gore when you need him?” Devastatingly witty stuff like that.  

Typically, the media portrays an unusual weather event as due to Global Warming (always capitalize a religion) unless it doesn’t fit the lib narrative, and then it becomes just “weather.” I can hear you lemming-libs about now: “This snow storm is just weather! Just weather, you evil-dirty-bastard-racist climate-denier!!” (You forgot, “Islamophobic-maskless germ spreader.”)   

A more sophisticated argument is that global warming has affected the polar vortex, changing the jet stream which is pushing cold weather farther south.  This would have more credibility had it been predicted, but, as far as I know, this is an ad hoc argument. Also, I would think that another effect of that would be drastically reduced artic ice, something that would surely have been heralded to the skies had it occurred.  

I tried to look up the record for the March low temperature in New Mexico, but was unsuccessful. It must be out there somewhere, but I can’t find it. I did find this about February, from the February 15, 2021, Albuquerque Journal: “Several places set record cold temperatures on Monday. Rio Rancho hit a low of 7 degrees, breaking the previous Feb. 15 record of 22 degrees set in 2010.” 

You will note the previous record low was in 2010. I couldn’t find how New Mexico fared in the spring of 2015, when much of the rest of the nation recorded record lows: “Record-Breaking Cold: All-Time March Record Lows Set March 07, 2015 – All-time March record lows have been broken as one more shot of bitterly cold air plunged south in the wake of Winter Storm Thor. Some cities have seen their coldest temperatures in decades for so late in the season.” 

Thus, in the last 11 years, it appears there have been at least three very cold springs: 2010, 2015 and this year, 2021. This probably surprises you. It did me, but it reflects the fact that unusually cold weather doesn’t make the news; only unusually warm weather does.  

An exception would be this year’s winter storm disaster in Texas, but if Texans would have kept all their coal-fired generators online instead of putting up thousands of wind turbines, there would have been no blackouts, no disaster and no news about unseasonably cold temperatures. 

Climate alarmists and their political allies lament the public’s lack of concern about “climate change.” A Pew poll conducted last summer, found “climate change is second to last or tied for last in importance among the 12 policy issues the 9,114 voters surveyed were asked about.”   

One probable reason for that low ranking is uncooperative weather, such as we’re having now. Another has got to be the long list of dire predictions by climate alarmists that just haven’t come true. For example, back in 1988, a scientist from NASA, James Hansen, testified in front of a Congressional committee about the dangers of increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. His performance earned him the title, “The Father of Global Warming.”  That was 33 years ago. 

The very next year, 1989, he predicted that by 2019 rising sea levels caused by global warming would put the streets of Manhattan under water.  He gave himself 30 years but still missed it. Father doesn’t know best, it would seem. Hansen’s fallibility has gone unnoticed by the MSM, but his reputation has not suffered an iota.  (To his credit, Hansen has joined Michael Shellenberg’s pro-nuclear movement.) 

Hansen isn’t alone. Many climate alarmists have made tons of predictions over the years, but nobody seems to notice that they never pan out.  This hasn’t dented the enthusiasm of Democrats for imposing all sorts of regulations to combat climate change, which is “the existential threat of our time,” and “the number one threat facing humanity.” (You have one guess as to who recently uttered those warnings. Hint: it wasn’t Donald Trump.) 

Such breathtaking stupidities fly in the face of numerous realities:  

  1. Even if CO2 is the threat the alarmists claim it is, it is very probable that humanity has time to work on the problem, perhaps a hundred years or so.  
  1. The economic progress being made by less developed nations, especially China and India, means that ANY CO2 reductions made by the U.S. are meaningless. For example, India has four times the population of the U.S. and emits only one-fourth the per capita CO2. To achieve our level of prosperity, India would multiply our CO2 emissions by 16. And, if you think somebody in India who’s never had electricity is going to give a damn if Manhattan is under water, you must be a Democrat. Last I looked, India was opening 80 new coal mines. (China, by the way, emits twice the CO2 we do and has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2060. 2060? F you very much.)   
  1. Third, solar panels and wind turbines are both counter-productive and a waste of money, money that should have been used to subsidize and promote nuclear power, which is the only realistic way to reduce worldwide CO levels. 

We can only hope that the adults start to take over the climate agenda, and there are a few adults in the Democrat Party. Here’s one who would get my vote, an MIT physicist who worked in the Obama administration. PLEASE read:                                                                

https://issuesinsights.com/2021/03/24/the-climate-headline-the-legacy-media-wouldnt-dare-write/

Other URLs used: 

https://www.abqjournal.com/2360028/more-snow-cold-for-new-mexico-ex-arctic-blast-causes-rolling-blackouts-in-se-area-of-state.html

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/record-cold-early-march