One of many such workshops at Simon Fraser University
The modern dark age: Simon Fraser University in Canada (SFU) has an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion learning group in its math office, and it appears that this office is today running a seminar, in partnership with the Simon Fraser Public Interest Group (SFPIRG), asking the important question, “How can math be racist?”, led by two modern “scholars” with no training in math at all.
Those set to speak at the seminar are Hannah Ghaderi, Co-Directory of Research & Education of the interest group, and Chantelle Spicer, currently the Director of Engagement [of SFU’s math Equity, Diversity and Inclusion learning group]. Neither of these individuals appear to have any professional background in math. Mathematician James Lindsay told Human Events that it is likely better that these two DEI professionals did not have a math background.
Lindsay said: “They don’t need mathematics backgrounds. They have critical consciousness, which means they know how racism and transphobia are hidden in everything, even things they don’t know anything about.”
No, actual math has nothing to do with this seminar. SFPIRG makes a big deal on its website about how it isn’t partisan, but yet its mission is “to engage students in social and environmental justice.” Or as it states in great length one paragraph later:
SFPIRG brings together a diverse range of people and our work is all centred on a shared set of values. This includes a commitment to inclusive and accessible space, intersectional anti-oppression, decolonization and Indigenous sovereignties; self-representation, self-determination, and empowering student and community leadership; accountability, integrity, wholeness and healing; sustainability; and respectful communication.
Meanwhile, SFU’s math EDI learning group says on its website that its goal “is to provide a safe, structured place for members to discuss and grow in their understanding of how [Equity, Diversity and Inclusion] impacts our department.” It runs workshops almost every month like today’s, with other workshops for example titled like “Power, Oppression, & Mathematics,” and “Power and Privlege in Academia.”
I guarantee that if a conservative student of this university showed up and dared to ask some pointed questions, inclusion will be the last thing on the minds of these fake scholars. They will either get that individual removed, or begin a riot to shut him or her up. They would then institute a show-trial to get that student expelled for disturbing their “safe space.”
It is even more important to recognize how deeply embedded in this university this Marxist and racist agenda is. As I said, these seminars are regular events. This learning group is part of the math department but that is only one such group in the university, run apparently by the university’s EDI department. Spend just a little time reviewing that website. It is filled with bigoted statements like this:
Universities like SFU originate from eurocentrism, colonialism and bureaucracies that reinforce systems of power and privilege and leave many on the margins. These systemic barriers prevent individuals from feeling accepted, from being their true selves and from accessing the resources and privileges that can make the university experience such a transformative one.
Essentially, the garbage philosophies spouted for years in ethnic studies programs, based on no facts and a hatred of western civilization, have now been accepted as fact and permeate all levels of teaching at this college, which obtains about half of its revenue from the Canadian government.
Worse, this Canadian college is simply a good example of many established colleges in the United States, especially those run by state or federal finances. Academia in the west is bankrupt, and now spends its time teaching hate and bigotry, in all things.