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Professors at Symposium Declare That Using Correct Grammar is Racist

Professors at Symposium Declare That Using Correct Grammar is Racist

“idea of Standard English among teachers is used to maintain racist assumptions”

It’s tempting to just laugh at something like this, but it’s coming from supposed educators.

Campus Reform reports:

ACADEMICALLY SPEAKING: Profs declare correct grammar is racist, no such thing as standard English at symposium

Speakers at Towson University’s virtual “Antiracist Pedagogy Symposium” criticized university writing curriculum and programs for being racist and perpetuating Whiteness.

The event occurred on June 17.

April Baker-Bell, associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education at Michigan State University, argued that idea of Standard English among teachers is used to maintain racist assumptions about “Black language.”

Bell stated it is evident that “anti-Blackness that is used to diminish black language of Black students in classrooms is not separate from the rampant and deliberate anti-black racism and violence inflicted upon black people in society.”

“Teacher attitudes include assumptions that Black students are somehow linguistically, morally, and intellectually inferior because they communicate in Black language,” said Bell.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania English professor Cristina Sánchez-Martín stated that her efforts are designed to contribute to “undoing Whiteness” in university students’ writing.

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Dolce Far Niente | June 26, 2021 at 10:26 am

“Teacher attitudes include assumptions that Black students are somehow linguistically, morally, and intellectually inferior because they communicate in Black language,” said Bell.

The subtext of this comment is that Bell herself assumes blacks are incapable of learning English and we should start teaching in their pidgen in order to not hurt feelz..

    CorkyAgain in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | June 26, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    No, it’s not that they think blacks can’t learn correct English, it’s that English is the language of the oppressor and must be replaced along with everything else that make Western Civilization what it is.

    Invaders and conquerors have never been much concerned to preserve the language of those they have vanquished.

    Jack Klompus in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | June 27, 2021 at 10:39 am

    It’s also often a sign that they suck at their job. Blame the “system” using some flowery, pseudo-intellectual jargon and you come out looking like a trailblazing hero instead of an incompetent ass which is what most of these teachers typically are.

Time to go back to teaching Ebonics.

Seriously, her remarks are racist because she implies that Black students are too stupid to learn correct English. That is not true.

The best thing schools can do to help Black kids succeed is to teach them impeccable English skills. My Black neighbors have five children, who all became doctors, professors, and lawyers. The biggest boost the parents gave them was to speak good English around them and expect them to do the same.

George_Kaplan | June 26, 2021 at 11:01 pm

This is idiotic. It contends that fragmentation of language is legitimate whilst ignoring that such fragmentation renders communication impossible. For instance don’t not speed may read as an emphatic don’t speed – where double negatives are understood as emphasis, and do speed, where double negatives cancel out. How is one to know which is meant?

Worse, by raising, or creating, the issue of Black language, this is being made an issue of racism where it was not before. And instead of students with diminished English capabilities being aided in classrooms, they will instead be permitted to remain communication handicapped on the grounds that it is better to be a racist and not help students, than help students and be accused of racism..

    randian in reply to George_Kaplan. | June 27, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I think the goal is to teach whites to speak like blacks. I’m not sure where an Indian who learned to speak the Queen’s English stands in this oppressor hierarchy.

      Ben Kent in reply to randian. | June 27, 2021 at 8:52 am

      To the Woke – if you’re not a Marxist – you’re an oppressor. Regardless of your background. If you’re from India and you think logically and use proper English grammar – the consider you a racist and you will be scheduled for a modern re-education camp very soon.

The Friendly Grizzly | June 27, 2021 at 10:32 am

“Indiana University of Pennsylvania English professor Cristina Sánchez-Martín stated that her efforts are designed to contribute to “undoing Whiteness” in university students’ writing.”

Sweetie, no one asked your hyphenated-name, Hispanic surnamed, credentialed opinion. Shut up and teach.

    Is it too much to ask for teachers in the so-called English Department to actually teach English grammar and literature? It seems to me — old-fashioned as I am — that any of them who want to do away with either or both of those things are simply in the wrong department and should be fired if they persist in straying from the topic.

Jack Klompus | June 27, 2021 at 10:37 am

In other words, Cristina Sánchez-Martín is a self-preserving hack who needs to intellectualize why she sucks at her job, teaching English composition.

She reminds me of the “woke” history teacher I worked with who taught from Zinn and excused his 2.4 AP score average to the “systemic racism” of the College Board.

Frankly … at this point … I don’t see any reason … not … to be anti-black.

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