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College’s Writing Center Claims American Grammar is ‘Racist’

College’s Writing Center Claims American Grammar is ‘Racist’

“restricting opportunities and privileges because of the way people communicate”

In the future, everything will be racist for 15 minutes. Oh wait, that’s happening now.

The Daily Caller reports:

College Writing Center Declares American Grammar A ‘Racist,’ ‘Unjust Language Structure’

An “antiracist” poster in a college writing center insists American grammar is “racist” and an “unjust language structure,” promising to prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical ‘correctness.’”

The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center, states “racism is the normal condition of things,” declaring that it permeates rules, systems, expectations, in courses, school and society.

“Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” proclaims the writing center’s statement. “Language is constantly changing. These two facts make it very difficult to justify placing people in hierarchies or restricting opportunities and privileges because of the way people communicate in particular versions of English.”

In the introduction to its “commitment” section, the Tacoma Writing Center pledges to “listen and look carefully and compassionately for ways we may unintentionally perpetuate racism or social injustice, actively engaging in antiracist practices” before making nine specific promises to students.

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Comments

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

As a former Professor of English and Communications, I ran headlong into this load of tripe. Most of the students know they’re being taken for a ride on this one. They understand that their language skills will be directly related to their job prospects. They realize that they will not be taken seriously if they are unable to communicate effectively. Try studying French without learning all of the grammar rules and tenses.

Are they going to start teaching Ebonics instead? In case you forgot, Ebonics is best described as “A poor excuse for a failure to grasp the basics of English. When in doubt, throw an “izzle” sound in the middle of any word or just string random thoughts together and insinuate that they actually mean something.” (Urban Dictionary)

…promising to prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical ‘correctness.’”

IMO, ‘grammatical correctness’ is a lot more constructive than ‘political correctness’.

The English Department must also serve as the Special Ed. room.

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