Collage of Betsy Ross and Slaves

Oppose Connections to Slavery, Ban Math

OCTOBER 23, 2019 LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Last summer, Nike, Inc. (a large corporation run by rich, old, Caucasian males) stopped the release of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July.  The reason, it bore the symbol of the Betsy Ross Flag.  Nike banned Betsy’s flag because they were advised of the symbol’s offensiveness by their “brand ambassador”, former 49er’s quaerterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick told Nike he found the symbol offensive due to its connection to the United States’ slavery era

Like all liberals, quaerterback Kaepernick missed a few things.  The first is that Betsy Ross almost certainly did not design or sew the American flag. The only evidence of her actions was provided by her grandson over ninety years after the alleged designing and sewing. In fact, the flag was probably designed by a committee appointed by Congress. (Of course, if Mr. Kaepernick wants to ban Congress, I’m in). There is no evidence that Betsy ever thought about slavery, let alone designed a flag to connect with it!  

One more thing. Barack Obama used the Betsey Ross flag at his rallies. Is Colin calling Barack a racist? That would be like the pot calling the kettle. . . . Never mind.

It is true that Betsy’s flag has been adopted by the white nationalist group Identity Evropa (rebranded in March 2019 as the American Identity Movement – probably because everyone is trying to kill them).  But they only have 580 members who are all horse’s asses.  Why should we make important political decisions about our national heritage based on them? 

It is also true that the Klan used Betsy’s flag as a symbol before the Civil War.  Two things about that: One – Klan members were and are idiots. And Two – That was a hundred fifty years ago. Get over it!

Interestingly, quaerterback Kaepernick missed the fact that Betsy’s flag was also a symbol of the pre-WWII German-American Bund, a Nazi front group.  His researchers must not be as skillful as ours. 

Anyway, I’m pretty sure that Betsy wasn’t a White Nationalist, a Klan member, or a Nazi.  She just designed and sewed a flag, maybe.

Mr. Kaepernick had such a memorable NFL career, is a brilliant student of American history, and is an  enlightened humanist.  Therefore, he must be right, both about Betsy and about her flag having a connection to the era of slavery in America.  We at MOL have been inspired my by Mr. Kaepernick (and Nike, Inc.).  As such, we are now searching for other symbols connected to the slavery era.  These symbols must be rooted out and forever banned from our beloved country!  

Fortuitously, we have just found such a symbol right under our very noses.  Mathematics!

The discipline of math is and has been the bailiwick of white men, all of whom have had connections to slave holding eras. In addition, their work (I.e., adding, subtracting, et al) has profoundly abetted all slave holders during those same slave holding eras.   

Let’s examine the four shiniest knives in the mathematical drawer.    

  1. Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) lived in ancient Greece, where slavery was rampant.  In the 5th century BC, there were over 80,000 slaves in Athens
  2. Euclid (c. 325-c. 270 BC) lived in ancient Alexandria, where slavery was also rampant.   
  3. Rene Descartes (March 31, 1596 – February 11, 1650) was a Frenchman who also lived in an era of slavery.  France did not abolish slavery until 1794 (they later re-instituted it from 1802-1804 because they were mad at Haiti).  That was one hundred forty four years after Descartes’ death! 
  4. Finally, we come to Isaac Newton (January 4, 1643 – March 31, 1727 or December 25, 1642 – March 20, 1726, if you use the Old Style calendar), the worst of the bunch.  Besides living in an era of slavery, he was personally obnoxious, petty, offensive and worse, he didn’t really have big hair, he wore a wig when he sat for portraits.  And worst of all, Great Britain didn’t abolish slavery until 1823, one hundred eighty years after Newton’s death!

Every major name in the field of mathematics prior to the 20th century were males who lived in a slave-holding era.  To make matters worse, their discoveries  facilitated and empowered slave-holders and slavery for generations.

To combat this travesty, we must take action. We must outlaw math and all its symbols, as they, just as much as the symbol of Betsy’s flag, establish a connection to an era of slavery!

We are calling (as, I’m sure Colin Kaepernick and Nike, Inc. would also call) for the following: a) the elimination of the mathematical symbols +, -, x, and ÷ from all American literature (including textbooks) as these symbols have a strong connection to the era of slavery (worse, math symbols enabled slaveholders. Without the use of math, the institution of slavery wouldn’t be possible.); and, b) the elimination of the teaching of all forms of math (including Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus) in all American elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funds.  Taxpayer dollars cannot go towards a discipline that sustains a connection to an era of slavery.   Accomplishing these goals will make our country a less racist place!

Let’s do it!

P.S. I am surprised quaerterback Kaepernick didn’t notice that three quarters of our current flag is the same as Betsy’s flag.  The only difference is that her flag had thirteen white stars in a blue circle, while our flag has fifty white stars, arranged in a blue rectangle.  If Mr. Kaepernick was really serious about severing all connections to slavery, (and not merely trying to stay in the limelight until he is rehired as a quaerterback), he would also call for the banning of the parts of our current American flag that were taken from Betsy’s flag.  This would, of course, leave us with an American flag consisting only of fifty white stars, arranged in a blue rectangle.  (Note to quaerterback Kaepernick: You missed the fact that the stars are still WHITE!)

That’s the one with the thirteen stars in a circle on the blue field at the top left quadrant of the flag.  The rest of the flag has the same size and color stripes as todays U.S. flag.
President Barack Obama used Betsy’s flag liberally and frequently during his campaigns, yet he doesn’t strike me as a man who would foster connections to slavery.
And there are only about 4,000 of those idiots.
Out of a total Athenian population of 220,000.
Euclid’s Alexandria provided the first historical account of an escaped slave. His name was Hermon or alternatively Nilus.
You may have also noticed that these mathematicians were also all white.
All American students agree with me on this one.

APRIL 2, 2021 ADDENDUM  – The University of Oxford has found that sheet music is racist because it was designed by White people.  HEY OXFORDIANS, we at MOL are way ahead of you!! When are you going to take a look at math? 

Alan Bianco
Alan Bianco

I am a retired lawyer living south of the Mason Dixon line. I have always wanted to write on politics and now I do. I write with a twinkle in my eye and in my posts. I hope reading my commentaries makes you think. . . and laugh.