Math Blogger to White Males: 'Get Out the Way'

"If you think this is a bad or un-serious idea, your sexism/racism/transphobia is showing."

A blogger for the American Mathematical Society (AMS) posted a racist, sexist screed in which she bluntly tells white, heterosexual males in the field that they are "taking up room that should go to someone else" and they should voluntarily make way for minority mathematicians as repayment for their historical oppression.

Piper Harron (pictured above) is a Temporary Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Last Friday at the AMS "inclusion/exclusion" blog, which "pertains to marginalized and underrepresented groups in mathematics," she published her illiterately-titled blog post, "Get Out the Way."

She begins by declaring that, "[s]tatistically speaking, you are probably taking up room that should go to someone else. If you are a white cis man (meaning you identify as male and you were assigned male at birth) you almost certainly should resign from your position of power. That’s right, please quit... Remember that you live in a world where people don’t succeed in a vacuum; most success happens on the backs of others who did not consent."

This is the cultural Marxism at the center of identity politics: literally everything and everyone is viewed through the distorted lens of oppressors and victims. If a white male -- the oppressor -- succeeds, it can only be because he has, or his ancestors have, stolen it from marginalized minorities -- the victims. As Harron puts it: "Any story you tell about how you got where you are that doesn’t include land theft, profiting off of forced, unpaid labor, illegal occupation, murder, assault, theft, psychological and physical warfare, exploitation, and a culture of complicity is, you know, a lie."

This victimization narrative provides people like Harron with an astoundingly arrogant sense of entitlement: "I know you’re not going to quit your job," she writes, "but I want you to understand that you should. And to understand that by keeping your job and your other unearned privileges, you are running a continued debt to marginalized people and you should always be seeking ways to pay us back."

Her solution to this perceived history of white patriarchal oppression, at least as far as university math departments are concerned, is simple: universities should "[s]top hiring white cis men... until the problem goes away." There can be no solution in which straight white people are involved: "[A]ctual solutions require women of color and trans people. Remember having white cis women run the world is no kind of solution."

A central aim of cultural Marxism is the destruction of the traditional family unit, "the cis het family (one cis man, one cis woman, dependents)," as Harron puts it. Sure enough, she takes a swipe at that as well: "Many would have us believe this family is the foundation of society, and maybe it is. Maybe this isn’t a good thing." Presumably she agrees with Saul Alinsky acolyte Hillary Clinton that it takes a village, not a mother and father, to raise a child.

Harron's radical bigotry is not up for debate, by the way. "If you think this is a bad or un-serious idea," she continues, "your sexism/racism/transphobia is showing." In other words, if you disagree with her, it just proves that you're sexist/racist/transphobic and that she's right.

This is how such bad, un-serious thinkers as Piper Harron shield themselves from criticism: by wrapping themselves in the mantle of victimhood and declaring that all members of the oppressor class are irredeemably guilty and their victims are owed everything.

She concludes by asserting that you, the white heteronormative male, "are the problem. Your very presence. I can’t tell you what is the best strategy for you to stop blocking my path. I can just ask that you please get out of my way."

We leave you with Harron's educational c.v., from her website The Liberated Mathematician, to give you a further sense of how thoroughly her mindset has been shaped by identity politics:

1998 – 2002

 

New York University, BA cum laude in Romance Languages
survived external and internalized misogyny
survived external and internalized racism

 

2003 – 2009

 

Princeton University, MA in Mathematics
survived external and internalized misogyny
survived external and internalized racism
survived pervasive and internalized cult of genius mythology

 

2009 – 2013

 

Real Life, Single Lady of Arts in Oppression
grew human in own body
gave birth to new human with own body
created milk with own body to sustain new human
survived pregnancy, labor, and infant care related misogyny

 

2013 – 2015

 

Real Life, Mistress of Arts in Self-Liberation
grew, birthed, and created milk for new human with own body
survived thesis writing while being a stay-at-home parent

 

2015 – 2016

 

Princeton University, PhD in Mathematics
Advisor: Manjul Bhargava

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