Women’s History: If Math is White, How Does Anyone Explain This Brilliant Mathematics Goddess?

Posted by on March 2, 2021 6:03 pm

Speaking of intersecting concepts, how about America starts talking when the left’s utopian dramas harm people, such as the case of White Bill Gates, who is claiming that the field of Mathematics is “too white,” thereby stealing and minimizing the achievements of a famous Black Women, who was the ‘Goddess of Math.”

“Katherine Johnson.” was one of a group of black women mathematicians at NASA and its predecessor who were celebrated in the 2016 movie Hidden Figures,” reported the New York Times in 2020.

According to NASA, Johnson was a girl who loved to count.

“I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did.” So said Katherine Johnson, recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Freedom.

Born in 1918 in the little town of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Johnson was a research mathematician, who by her own admission, was simply fascinated by numbers. Fascinated by numbers and smart to boot, for by the time she was 10 years old, she was a high school freshman–a truly amazing feat in an era when school for African-Americans normally stopped at eighth grade for those could indulge in that luxury.”

But that isn’t a big deal to Gates because “Math is too White.”

From the New York Times article:

They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them.

Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule, and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. Johnson, who died at 101 on Monday at a retirement home in Newport News, Va., calculated the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 and, after Neil Armstrong’s history-making moonwalk, let it return to Earth.

A single error, she well knew, could have dire consequences for craft and crew. Her impeccable calculations had already helped plot the successful flight of Alan B. Shepard Jr., who became the first American in space when his Mercury spacecraft went aloft in 1961.

The next year, she likewise helped make it possible for John Glenn, in the Mercury vessel Friendship 7, to become the first American to orbit the Earth.

Yet throughout Mrs. Johnson’s 33 years in NASA’s Flight Research Division — the office from which the American space program sprang — and for decades afterward, almost no one knew her name.”

Now Gates wants to remove her victory over Math, so no one ever reads her story.  Not cool, Bill.


White man Gates, who pushed the bizarre logic behind Common Core Math, making the field of Mathematics insanely frustrating for American School Children, is now saying that the reason people are struggling with Math is that it is too “White.” The fault is the “White Supremacists everywhere.

Perhaps the problem is Bill Gates.


According to Gates, “First, teachers have to accept that White supremacy infiltrates math classrooms pervasively. And that this is detrimental to Black, Latinx, and multilingual students.”

Among other sins, white supremacy culture in math emphasizes “right answers.”

Imagine how that fits in with the New York Times article of just one year ago. Imagine if Black Women who worked for NASA were instructed that there are no “right answers”.

Imagine how those Black Women would react to this obvious excuse-making, by Gates, for his failed and screwed up curriculum demands for Common Core that is so complicated and complex that it makes getting to the moon look easy in comparison.

Consider this video by a teacher from the era of Johnson.  Another woman of Math.

Madeline Scotto has gone through a lot of math teaching methods. At age 100, she still teaches at Brooklyn’s St. Ephrem’s School. We talked with Madeline, and no other approach to mathematics has caused her more concern than Common Core.

“Common Core is crazy. Try to find the easiest way. Before you institute a system to make sure it works.  They didn’t wait long enough to use it. I am 100 years old,” Scotto said.

Perhaps Gates is just searching for why girls beat him at Math?

By the way, Happy Women’s Month.

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