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Piper Herron made headlines when she published a blog post for the American Mathematical Society entitled “Get Out The Way”. In the article, she argued that white men should either quit or be demoted from their jobs. In part, she wrote “not to alarm you, but I probably want you to quit your job, at least take a demotion. Statistically speaking, you are probably taking up room that should go to someone else.”[1]

Additionally, Harron argued for men to “get off your hiring committee, your curriculum committee, and make sure you’re replaced by a woman of color or trans person.” Harron advised universities to “stop hiring white cis men (except as needed to get/retain people who are not white cis men) until the problem goes away. If you think this is a bad or un-serious idea, your sexism/racism/transphobia is showing.” She concluded her argument by stating, “not to alarm you, but statistically speaking you 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.”[2]

[1] Harron, P. (May 11, 2017). Get Out The Way. AMS Blogs. Retrieved from http://blogs.ams.org/inclusionexclusion/2017/05/11/get-out-the-way/  

[2] Berrien, H. (May 19, 2017). Racist Professor Tells White Men To Quit Or Be Demoted. The Daily Wire. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/16659/racist-professor-tells-white-men-quit-or-be-hank-berrien#

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