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Woke on Steroids: Vanderbilt University Prof Claims Math is Racist White Supremacy and Anti-Gay



Remember when we used to hear professors and scientists talk about how math was the universal language of the universe? It used to be that mathematics was the same regardless of your socioeconomic background, native language, or hell, even the time in history you were born.

It’s what people much smarter than us used to label wertfrei – it’s amoral, neutral, universal; value-free.

Not anymore! Now the field, or should I say practicum since ‘field’ is considered “insensitive” to say as it harkens back to the days of slaves working the fields of mathematics, is drenched in the terrible shade of white.

That’s right, boys and girls, math is white supremacy.

I’ve written about many things that I find absolutely ridiculous, but this might take the cake.

The best part is that a Vanderbilt professor who recently spouted such nonsense, combined with a whole bunch of other random imagined transgressions for the field of mathematics, proves that the downfall of civilization might very well be our collective stupidity versus the assumed inevitable nuclear apocalypse. 

Say What Now?

Vanderbilt University assistant professor of mathematics Luis Leyva lectured at what is advertised as the ‘largest mathematics gathering in the world’ earlier this month at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of 2023 in Boston.

The title of Mr. Leyva’s lecture was:

‘Undergraduate Mathematics Education as a White, Cisheteropatriarichal Space and Opportunities for Structural Disruption to Advance Queer of Color Justice’

(Yes, that “of” typo appears in the original, which just really puts the icing on the cake.)

I can’t even with the title of this lecture; seriously, nobody at any point in time of quality checking the itinerary for this event looked at this title and pointed out any number of issues? Like perhaps the fact that this title alone damn near sucks up my word count limitation for my article?

At no point in this man’s overly degree’d educational career was he not forced to read Shakespeare’s Hamlet? Brevity is the soul of wit, my man, even if reading the classics is also “racist.”

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Additionally, I see Luis here has jumped on the bandwagon of language crimes by adding ‘cis’ to anything related to anything oppositive of the progressive movement.

For example, I had to look up cisheteropatriarichal (which is very difficult to spell), and the definition I found was:

“a system of male, straight, conforming-to-assigned sex system power”

Oh, for Pete’s sake. I’m a highly educated individual, and I can tell you that’s a whole bunch of hogwash, and you can quote me on that.

Just think, I haven’t even touched on what he said in his lecture.

Re-Imagination Land

Mr. Leyva’s lecture was a two-parter, which means double the torture, double the gobbledegook. He discussed research he had accumulated from following the lives of a whopping 39 undergraduate queer and trans (“QT”) students “of color” pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) majors. 

His research brought him to the following revelation:

“I conclude by re-imagining undergraduate mathematics education with structural disruptions that advance justice for learners marginalized across intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.”

First, it’s pretty telling that he could only find 39 “QT” students of color pursuing STEM. So, naturally, those on the left would argue that it’s because the white straight man is keeping QT, individuals of color, from entering the fields of STEM.

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More than likely, there aren’t nearly as many QT people of color in the world as the left would like us to believe.

Second, Mr. Leyva’s conclusion says nothing. Literally; seriously, reread it, and you tell me what it says… the answer is nothing.

We Are The Punchline

When you dive deeper into who this Mr. Leyva is, the more you think, if you are a mother like me, that perhaps college is not the right path for your children.

Mr. Leyva works on research that:

“…explores narratives of oppression and agency across historically marginalized groups’ educational experiences to uncover interlocking functions of racism and cisheteropatriarchy in undergraduate STEM.”

He is also an affiliate in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Vanderbilt, where his work:

“…draws on critical race theory, women of color feminisms, and queer of color critique to conceptually and methodologically ground his scholarship, which centers historically marginalized voices in STEM higher education across intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.”

Does he actually do any… mathematics? Of course not, because college isn’t about higher learning anymore; it’s about bloated mission statements, overpriced vapid degrees, and the dismantling of common sense and logic.

And before you feel attacked, fellow white readers, Mr. Levya is also attacking our Arabic friends, who brought the numeral 0 to Europe through our old pal Fibonacci. (The chances of Mr. Levya knowing this are, ironically, zero.)

The Slow Creep

The reality is this concept of math being racist and sexist, and any other number of left-wing sticker shock accusations, has been going on for a few years. In 2021 the Oregon Department of Education pushed a training on teachers meant to push ‘ethnomathematics.’

What is ethnomathematics? Nobody knows, but I can tell you it’s not math.

The Oregon DoE claimed that “white supremacy manifests itself in the focus on finding the right answer.” That’s right; accuracy is racist. 

Tell me, dear reader, do you feel confident driving over a bridge designed by someone who learned that the correct answer to a math problem is racist?

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A fellow professor from Ben-Gurion University, Aryeh Kontrovich, said of Mr. Leyva’s lecture:

“We can never all agree on what is just, while we can hopefully agree on what is mathematically correct, so math education should focus exclusively on the latter.”

Unfortunately, because too many on the right are too timid to have said anything in the past, we may have permanently relinquished mathematics to the looney toons who wish to destroy it, erring on the side of inaccurate virtue signaling rather than accurate equation solving.

Vanderbilt Freshman Noah Jenkins said after the lecture:

“Either you solve the equation properly, or you don’t. It really is that simple. It doesn’t matter if a gay person, a trans person, or whatever solves the problem, two plus two will always equal four.”

Typical white straight guy answer, Noah; keep it up; we need more brilliant mathematicians who understand the concept of addition, subtraction, multiplication, you know… math.

Because if we aren’t careful before long, as G.K. Chesterton once wrote:

“Fires will be kindled to testify that two and two make four. Swords will be drawn to prove that leaves are green in summer.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Attacks Joe Biden For Stopping Her From Denying Kids Food



Marjorie Taylor Greene attacked President Biden on Sunday for not allowing House Republicans to take food assistance away from kids.

Greene tweeted:

Rep. Greene is lying. House Republicans are being advised to target cuts to food stamps (SNAP) as a part of their debt ceiling hostage-taking.

According to a report from Senate Democrats, the budget that Marjorie Taylor Greene is touting would gut the SNAP program, “At a time when more than one in eight households with children are food insecure, the Republican proposals cut $412 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”

Joe Biden was not lying.

According to the Census Bureau, 11.4% of American households receive SNAP benefits, and 48.6% of those households have a child under the age of 18. Children, seniors, and persons with disabilities make up the vast majority of Americans who are receiving SNAP.

The House Republican plan would take hundreds of billions of dollars in food assistance from children. Rep. Greene was attacking the President Of The United States because he would not agree to a plan that would take away food assistance from low-income children.

Republicans are targeting SNAP, Medicaid, changes to veterans benefits, and Social Security as part of their budget plan. The budget that Greene is so proud of would increase child hunger in the United States so that Greene and others could give more tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.

President Biden is protecting America’s most economically vulnerable kids from Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.

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Trump Is Also Trying To Intimidate Jurors And Judges



Former President Donald Trump is trying to intimidate more than just the various prosecutors who might be readying indictments against him, but also the jurors and judges, according to a former Southern District of New York Criminal Division Deputy Chief.

“If the case is charged, there will be jurors and judge to hear the case,” former SDNY Criminal Division Deputy Chief Kristy Greenberg noted on Ali Velshi’s MBNBC show. “He’s trying to intimidate everyone associated with this case.”

Greenberg also went on to explain that these many investigations into Donald Trump are examples of the system working because they show the law being applied without fear or favor.

The FBI is indeed investigating a death threat after the Manhattan DA received a letter threatening to kill him with white powder, reading “ALVIN: I AM GOING TO KILL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The letter came from Orlando, Florida.

Trump’s intimidation tactics have been getting him into enough hot water that his lawyer claimed that he quickly deleted the photo of himself with a bat next to a photo of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.

“I think that was an ill-advised post that one of his social media people put up and he quickly took down when he realized the rhetoric and the photo that was attached to it,” Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina said on Meet the Press.

Except that Trump left that threat up for at least a day because it was posted on Thursday and we got a screengrab of it still up 21 hours later on Friday morning at 10:22 AM.

21 hours is more than enough time to realize the photo was a problem since it was making headline news for that entire 24 hours. For example, this is enough time for a news organization to get into trouble if anything in their article isn’t accurate, so it is more than enough time for Trump to realize that the photo he shared is a clear threat.

How many times do most people share photos of themselves on social media with a baseball bat aimed at the head of local law enforcement, maybe a local judge they’re appearing before or a police officer who wrote them a ticket?

That’s right, it’s not very often. Because it’s not a casual action and it’s not socially acceptable to appear to threaten people with violence, especially not law enforcement.

On Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation show, Sharpton pressed Tacopina about Trump posting the bat, which Tacopina justified by saying Trump took it down before it did any damage.

There is no reason to suggest that Trump in fact took that down before any damage was done. In fact, Trump left it up long enough to get his message through to his supporters, to the jurors, to the judges, and to the prosecutors.

Trump has been successfully using the post and delete, say something and then a day later take it back scam since he came on the scene as a politician. It’s time for the media to stop pretending he doesn’t know what he’s saying and doing. Like everyone else, Trump should be accountable for his own actions.

Trump is operating like a mob boss, except that he is also running for president and is a former president. His attempts to intimidate witnesses and others are nothing new, but it is still reprehensible behavior for any elected official.

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James Comer Crashes And Burns As Jake Tapper Blows Holes In His Alvin Bragg Attack



Rep. James Comer (R-KY) tried to defend his attempted obstruction of Alvin Bragg’s investigation, but CNN’s Jake Tapper used facts to blow holes in his argument.

Clip of House Oversight Committee Chair Comer:

Transcript via CNN’s State Of The Union:

REP. JAMES COMER (R-KY): Well, what the DA is trying to say is what you just quoted. He said, stay out of local investigations.

The problem with that is, this is not a local investigation. This is a federal investigation. He’s investigating a presidential candidate, not to mention former president of the United States, for a federal election crime.

That has no business being litigated in a local district attorney’s office.

And when he says he’s not going to cooperate with Congress, unfortunately for Mr. Bragg, he doesn’t have the luxury of determining whether or not he can comply with congressional requests, because he crossed over two levels of government from the local level to the federal level to try to prosecute something that, clearly, if there was a reason for prosecution, it should be done by the Department of Justice on the federal level.

TAPPER: Well, he’s investigating, as I understand it, potential violations of state crimes.

COMER: Even at that, look, let’s just be honest here.

I mean, this is about politics. This is a presidential candidate. When you look at what we believe the role of the Manhattan DA should be is to fight crime. I mean, that’s one of the biggest issues in New York. We saw that in the midterm elections last November.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected many Democrat candidates because of the crime issue. We have a crime crisis in many of our cities. And we’re trying to do something about that in the House of Representatives. And one of the reasons we believe we have high crime rates in certain parts of America is because we have prosecutors that are soft on crime.

And we believe that our tax dollars — and that’s where I come in with the House Oversight — we believe tax dollars would be better spent prosecuting local criminals. That’s what a DA is supposed to do.

TAPPER: Are you arguing that people who commit business crimes are not committing crimes?

COMER: Look, well, is this a business crime? We’re talking about a federal election crime here, Jake. This is a federal election crime.

The Manhattan DA does not write federal electoral law.

COMER: Congress writes federal election law.

TAPPER: My understanding is that he’s being investigated for falsifying business records. It’s — there was a related prosecution. Michael Cohen went to prison. That was a federal investigation from the U.S. attorney during the Trump years.

But that U.S. attorney, Mr. Berman, prosecuted — and Mr. Khuzami — prosecuted Michael Cohen. He went to prison for the that, as well as related crimes. I don’t remember hearing anything from you during that period. I guess he wasn’t a candidate, but he had been working for Donald Trump.

Comer appears to be suggesting that state campaign finance laws don’t apply to federal office candidates, which is on its face nonsensical, but presidential campaigns aren’t national elections. Presidential elections are a series of 50 state elections that are managed by each state.

Rep. Comer is suggesting that Trump is above state and local laws because he is running for president. However, if a presidential candidate violates a state law, they can be charged in that state. Trump is potentially facing criminal charges for violating Georgia’s election interference laws in 2020.

Comer ignored the fact that Trump claimed the hush money payment as a legal expense when it was not. Trump potentially committed fraud.

Jake Tapper was ready for Comer, and when he asked a very logical question about local prosecutors being able to investigate local crimes, Comer changed the subject and started talking about urban crime.

House Republicans know that they have no jurisdiction over local prosecutors, as their efforts are all about political pushback for Trump instead of upholding the rule of law.

Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.

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