Originally posted by @kazetnagorra to Whodey
I think Gutierrez' claims are silly and she's most likely trying to sell her book.
Do you expect to find many people here inclined to agree with Gutierrez' line of thinking?
"Do you expect to find many people here inclined to agree with Gutierrez' line of thinking?"
Many people here (at RHP) eagerly or obstinately believe much nonsense and many falsehoods.
In mathematics, truth is not discovered by holding a popularity contest, particularly among the ignorant.
By the way, I know some professors of *mathematical education* who are comparatively
poor at doing mathematics and could not qualify as professors of *mathematics*.
The subject of mathematics is not racist. Mathematics is about the most culturally neutral subject imaginable.
About every culture in the world has mathematical concepts, such as length, area, volume.
About every language in the world has ways to count. Mathematics is fundamental to humanity.
And there are no 'racially distinct' white, black, or Asian ways of doing mathematics.
G.H. Hardy (an atheist white Englishman) could connect with Ramanujan (a devout Hindu Tamil)
in mathematics on a deep level that they could hardly connect in any other way.
Now some mathematical tests could (arguably) be regarded as sexist if they disproportionately assign
weight to geometry, a subject in which females are known to do worse than males on average.
(There's controversy over whether this is related to average differences between male and female brains.)
Although the mainstream US media may like to act (very ignorantly or dishonestly) as though mathematics
is dominated by white (particularly Jewish) students, in reality, that's not been true for a long time.
For decades, the International Mathematical Olympiads have been dominated by teams from
East Asian countries (particularly China) or Western teams of mostly students of Asian heritage.
At the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad, the USA was represented by a team of
six students: 4 Chinese, 1 Indian, and only 1 white (with the fourth highest score among the six).
At the 2017 Olympiads in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and informatics, the
USA was represented by a total of 23 students. Only one of these students is white.
The other 22 are Asians: 17 Chinese (including two females), 4 Indians, 1 Korean.
The USA was represented by more ethnic Chinese female students than by white students.
In fact, recent American mathematics and science competitions have been dominated by
students of Asian (particularly Chinese) heritage, but that's an extremely 'politically embarrassing'
reality that the mainstream US media prefers to ignore or simply to propagate falsehoods about.
My father used to tell me that, *compared to about everything else in life*, mathematics is fair
and will be objectively judged (with little or no political bias). Therefore, mathematics is a
wonderful opportunity for a disadvantaged student (whether by racism, sexism, class bias,
or political oppression) to prove that one's more intelligent than more privileged students.
If one has enough talent and excels in mathematics, it will be recognized eventually.
The late Maryam Mirzakhani (an Iranian) was the first woman ever to win a Fields Medal.
She showed her potential early by winning two individual gold medals (one with a perfect score)
at the International Mathematical Olympiads. If she had believed the stereotypical nonsense about
everyone else supposedly being inferior to white men, then would she have become a mathematician?