Grades in school are the great equalizer. If you get good grades in college, you can get into a good college. If you get good grades in college, you can get into a good graduate program if you wish to do so. This is particularly true in the field of math, which exists entirely outside of race, class, religion or any other aspect of human culture.
You would think that, if anyone, a math professor would know these basic facts. Nonetheless, one math professor at Brooklyn College named Laurie Rubel somehow came to the conclusion that grading students by merit (as opposed to grading them by race) is a “tool of whiteness” that oppresses minorities.
Professor Rubel wrote a paper in the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education where she stated, “More generally, whiteness tacitly positions White people, their experiences, and their behaviors as superior, and it is supported by a set of corollary principles that function as ‘tools of whiteness.’”
She then said, “For instance, the ideological principle of the United States as meritocracy is understood by many to be a central feature of American society, dictating that a combination of hard work and talent … yields success.”
Rubel then argued that teachers should factor race in when deciding what grades to assign, writing,“Teachers who claim color-blindness — that is, they claim to not notice the race of their students — are, in effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial stratification on students and their families.” Do you think liberals like Rubel have lost their minds?