Rutgers Latest Declaration: Grammar Is Racist
Rutgers Latest Declaration: Grammar Is Racist
Everything is racist. Everything is cool when you’re part of the woke team. The latest racist construct in the epitome of “racist” countries (The United States, of course)? Grammar at Rutgers University.
This is not the first time college writing centers have made this claim:
The Rutgers English department created a Committee on Bias Awareness and Prevention in 2012. In light of Black Lives Matter protests, the school has moved past bias awareness and prevention and into a focus on “decolonization” and “decolonizing” their writing center. Whatever that means.
Rutgers English department chair, Rebecca Walkowitz, stated that her department will “changing standards of English instruction” and will focus on “social justice and critical grammar”.
This approach challenges the familiar dogma that writing instruction should limit emphasis on grammar/sentence-level issues so as to not put students from multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds at a disadvantage. Instead, it encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the variety of choices available to them [with] regard to micro-level issues in order to empower them and equip them to push against biases based on ‘written’ accents.”-Rebecca Walkowitz
Wait, what? Students of all backgrounds managed to get admitted to Rutgers. But It would be absolutely insane and racist to actually expect them to write a grammatically correct sentence! Speech pathologist and libertarian activist, Leonydus Johnson, called the change “insulting, patronizing, and in itself, extremely racist.”
This is one of the most insulting things I've seen in a while. Deemphasizing "traditional grammar"…
Are you kidding me???
They're treating being black like some kind of intellectual disability with a need for special accommodations. https://t.co/wd6cRyWrDC
— Leonydus Johnson (@LeonydusJohnson) July 21, 2020
This, to me, sums things up in a nutshell. Woke white, upper-middle-class, tenured professors in our university system honestly do not believe that Blacks, Hispanics and non-white populations entering their classrooms are capable of using proper grammar? That is insulting. That should cost them their jobs. But alas, their jobs will remain intact while they will continue to pump college students with this utter nonsense. This is coming from the same people who say President Trump is illiterate and cannot string a sentence together and because of this, we, as Americans look dumb.
But, what the hell? Why not change the English language so it’s not so raaaaaacist? We’ve already thrown out proper gender pronouns because they were not inclusive enough. Seriously, try having someone who works in your office insist upon being called “singular they” even though he or she is a singular person of ONE of the two genders. All of a sudden, you misstep, you burst this person’s ideological, fictional bubble and call this person by his or her proper pronoun and not a singular (plural) pronoun and that’s how a lawsuit begins. Or you’re the one who is in the bosses’ office being reprimanded or even fired for being “insensitive” when in reality, you are just calling a person by the pronoun that corresponds to the gender he or she were biologically born into before he or she decided to be called “they/them”! So much for “science”.
So now, students can write absolutely craptatstic essays and still manage to get a passing grade. That’s if their institution of higher learning participates in a grading system. Some colleges threw those out a while back in favor of “narrative evaluations“. Can’t have some who receive superior grades compared to others. Gotta even out the playing field. In this way, everyone sucks. But the suck is inclusive.
With all of these writing centers revamping and loosening their rules for grammar, I’m beginning to think that it will be a cake walk for my soon-to-be-high school freshman when he decides to apply for the pre-med program of his choice but I know better. In truth, being a white boy from a middle-class family, his grades, his records, his volunteering all will need to be up to par and his entrance essay will have to be grammatically perfect. And even then, some admissions geniuses would deem him a racist person of privilege and give his spot to someone else. So much for getting your kids to dig in their heels and work hard. Meanwhile, Rutgers will provide more reading to upper-level writing classes on the subjects of racism, sexism, homophobia, and related forms of “systemic discrimination.” Don’t worry. Papers written on the subject matter in these classes will not be graded based on grammar. That would be racist. Subject? Predicate? Syntax? Agreement? They don’t mean a thing. Just axe Rutgers.