For White Women Learning Calculus in a School Building On Fire

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For White Women Learning Calculus in a School Building on Fire

Amidst the many perils of this political moment, it’s the racial divide between women of color and white women keeping me up at night. A math analogy is what comes to me as I worry about this.

Let’s imagine women of color are experts in calculus. They do calculus every single day. They’re brilliant at it because they’ve been mastering it since forever and they’ve always made sure to bring up the next generation learning calculus too. It’s not that women of color love calculus itself. They’ve learned it — and taught it — because they love themselves and their communities, and their lives literally depend on knowing calculus inside out.

White women, in this analogy, have yet to master basic addition.

How on earth are we going to do math together?

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