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Jan 12, 2018 13:57:52   #
Larry the Legend
 
I sat down this morning with a pen and a piece of paper. Across the top of the page I wrote a row of numbers in sequence from 0 to 9. I sat in silence for a few minutes after they were written down and waited for one of them to look guilty, or say something awkward. None did. I then accused them, each in turn, of being racist. Still nothing. I showed them each a picture of someone clearly of a different race to me, their creator, and still no reaction. To me, they just appeared to be normal, uncaring numbers, but to David Gillborn, a professor at the University of Birmingham, they "frequently encode racist perspectives beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity". (How's that for a mouthful of $20 words?)

Maybe my 'white privilege' blinds me to the racist encoding within my numbers. How would I know? As far as I can tell, I'm not a racist. I don't go around 'hating' on people of other races, regardless of how they look. Even when they walk around with their pants around their knees. But then, that might also be my 'white privilege' in action. Maybe I could ask someone of another race if I'm a racist, but then how would I know if they were telling me the truth? Maybe they're the racist and I'm the one being prejudged. Again, how would I know? The same goes for my numbers. They seem like just regular old numbers to me... Here's a thought; maybe my numbers are racist because I picked up a pen with black ink. Maybe if I use a different color ink? Something neutral, like blue, for instance?

But what if there's some blue race of aliens out there? Would they then be offended because my numbers appear racist towards them? What about the text on this page? Is it racist also? I'm... Confused...

https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/269005/its-official-math-racist-daniel-greenfield

Like the man said, "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows".
 
Jan 12, 2018 14:01:43   #
archie bunker (a regular here)
 
Larry the Legend wrote:
I sat down this morning with a pen and a piece of paper. Across the top of the page I wrote a row of numbers in sequence from 0 to 9. I sat in silence for a few minutes after they were written down and waited for one of them to look guilty, or say something awkward. None did. I then accused them, each in turn, of being racist. Still nothing. I showed them each a picture of someone clearly of a different race to me, their creator, and still no reaction. To me, they just appeared to be normal, uncaring numbers, but to David Gillborn, a professor at the University of Birmingham, they "frequently encode racist perspectives beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity". (How's that for a mouthful of $20 words?)

Maybe my 'white privilege' blinds me to the racist encoding within my numbers. How would I know. As far as I can tell, I'm not a racist. I don't go around 'hating' on people of other races, regardless of how they look. Even when they walk around with their pants around their knees. But then, that might also be my 'white privilege' in action. Maybe I could ask someone of another race if I'm a racist, but then how would I know if they were telling me the truth? Maybe they're the racist and I'm the one being prejudged. Again, how would I know? The same goes for my numbers. They seem like just regular old numbers to me... Here's a thought; maybe my numbers are racist because I picked up a pen with black ink. Maybe if I use a different color ink? Something neutral, like blue, for instance?

But what if there's some blue race of aliens out there? Would they then be offended because my numbers appear racist towards them? What about the text on this page? Is it racist also? I'm... Confused...

https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/269005/its-official-math-racist-daniel-greenfield

Like the man said, "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows".
I sat down this morning with a pen and a piece of ... (show quote)


What does 5+3 plus 2+11 equal?
Jan 12, 2018 14:06:17   #
bahmer (a regular here)
 
archie bunker wrote:
What does 5+3 plus 2+11 equal?


21
Jan 12, 2018 14:18:23   #
Larry the Legend
 
bahmer wrote:
21


Ooooh. You're good....
Jan 12, 2018 14:28:55   #
Floyd Brown (a regular here)
 
Larry the Legend wrote:
Ooooh. You're good....


21 What?
Jan 12, 2018 14:53:05   #
Larry the Legend
 
Floyd Brown wrote:
21 What?


I don't know, but whatever it is, there's a college professor out there says it's racist. That's the part I don't get.
 
Jan 12, 2018 14:57:08   #
no propaganda please (a regular here)
 
Floyd Brown wrote:
21 What?


Hot fudge Sundaes OH wait, fudge is brown, does that make it racist? Sunday is the day most Christians leave for worship, and prayer does that make it ANTI ATHEIST? I don't know and I don't want to offend anyone. Now what am I supposed to do?
Jan 12, 2018 14:57:48   #
archie bunker (a regular here)
 
bahmer wrote:
21


And, what does 21+a hundred dollar bet equal?
Jan 12, 2018 15:00:26   #
archie bunker (a regular here)
 
no propaganda please wrote:
Hot fudge Sundaes OH wait, fudge is brown, does that make it racist? Sunday is the day most Christians leave for worship, and prayer does that make it ANTI ATHEIST? I don't know and I don't want to offend anyone. Now what am I supposed to do?


It's OK as long as you pour the hot fudge over vanilla ice cream, and add some nuts, and a cherry.
That's diversity.
Jan 12, 2018 15:05:27   #
no propaganda please (a regular here)
 
archie bunker wrote:
It's OK as long as you pour the hot fudge over vanilla ice cream, and add some nuts, and a cherry.
That's diversity.


That's good to know. If my goal is to be politically correct, does that remove some of the calories, so I don't get too fat?
Jan 12, 2018 15:17:49   #
Larry the Legend
 
no propaganda please wrote:
Hot fudge Sundaes OH wait, fudge is brown, does that make it racist? Sunday is the day most Christians leave for worship, and prayer does that make it ANTI ATHEIST? I don't know and I don't want to offend anyone. Now what am I supposed to do?


Uh-oh! Now you gone and done it. Not only do you have the anti-racists after you but you're in up to your neck in religious 'fobia' as well. I guess that makes you a 'numeri-reli-fobic-ist'! (or NRFI, for short). Quick, you have to mount a defense! Place as many prime numbers around you as you can find! Now put the square root of -1 in charge and go get a cup of coffee.
 
Jan 13, 2018 05:20:17   #
okie don
 
archie bunker wrote:
What does 5+3 plus 2+11 equal?

Archie,
Remember there are three (3) types of people.
Those who can count
Those who can't count
Jan 13, 2018 09:04:00   #
mongo
 
no propaganda please wrote:
Hot fudge Sundaes OH wait, fudge is brown, does that make it racist? Sunday is the day most Christians leave for worship, and prayer does that make it ANTI ATHEIST? I don't know and I don't want to offend anyone. Now what am I supposed to do?


After you go to church, have a Hot Fudge Sunday!

SEMPER FI

Jan 13, 2018 09:45:57   #
no propaganda please (a regular here)
 
mongo wrote:
After you go to church, have a Hot Fudge Sunday!

SEMPER FI



That is a GREAT Idea!! Will do that tomorrow
Jan 13, 2018 14:37:19   #
Floyd Brown (a regular here)
 
okie don wrote:
Archie,
Remember there are three (3) types of people.
Those who can count
Those who can't count


To make it all balance out at 3.
I added:
Those that don't count. 4

Oops 1 more to make it 5.
Those that are not counted.

If a person tried there could be more.
Wish to be counted.
To be counted out.
Or be counted in.
Counted on.
Counted up.
Counted down.

I think I should go & do something useful.
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