Have you heard the latest? Grammar has now been deemed racist, as has math. And should you dare question these new insights, that makes you a racist too. Obviously!
Fact checkers have challenged last month’s claim that “Rutgers University declared grammar to be racist.” But such claims have been made before.
As noted in a Feb. 21, 2017, article, “The University of Washington produced an ‘antiracist’ poster which insists American grammar is ‘racist’ and an ‘unjust language structure,’ promising to prioritize rhetoric over ‘grammatical correctness.'”
As explained on the university’s Tacoma-based website, “Racism is the normal condition of things. Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English. 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.”
But there’s more. As reported by professor Walter Williams on The Daily Signal, Sept. 11, 2019, “Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University.
“They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their ‘labor’ rather than their writing ability.”
The newly hired professor is Asao B. Inoue, who, interestingly enough, has also served as a professor at the aforementioned University of Washington in Tacoma.
Williams notes that, “Inoue believes that a person’s writing ability should not be assessed, in order to promote ‘anti-racist’ objectives. Inoue taught American University’s faculty members that their previous practices of grading writing promoted white language supremacy.”
Inoue is also affiliated with Arizona State University, where he serves as “a professor and the associate dean for academic affairs, equity and inclusion in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. His research focuses on antiracist and social justice theory and practices in writing assessments.”
Reflective of professor Inoue’s work is a lecture on, “Creating Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies in Writing Courses.” All clear.
So while the headline about Rutgers may have been inaccurate, the claim that “grammar is racist” was not.
To be sure, students who are deprived of solid educational opportunities in their earlier years will likely have poorer grammatical skills when they reach college. And many of those students are people of color.
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SOURCE: Charisma News