English grammar also becomes racist? Chinese writer: going off the rails

The wave of anti-racism in the United States has led to a series of changes at public universities around the country. One of them is one of the public Ivy League universities, Rutgers University in New Jersey, whose English department declared in the middle of last year that “proper English grammar” is racist.

According to NEWSMAX, Rutgers’ English department will change its English teaching standards in an effort to stand with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. In an email to colleagues, Rebecca Walkowitz, chair of Rutgers’ English department, declared that the Graduate Writing Program will emphasize “social justice” and “critical grammar. critical grammar.

Walkowitz said that the English department would “increasingly focus on graduate student Life” through “social justice and writing workshops” and “integrate critical English grammar into our teaching,” in response to the Fla. in response to the Freud death in Minnesota. The course emphasizes the variability of English rather than accuracy.

Walkowitz explains, “This approach challenges the familiar dogma that writing instruction should limit the emphasis on English grammar/sentence level issues so as not to disadvantage students from multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds.”

She continues, “Instead, it encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the various options associated with micro issues in order to empower them to overcome biases based on ‘written’ accents.”

The term “written accent” is a euphemism for grammatical errors, and “bias” based on written accent is what gives a failing grade. Students from “non-standard academic English” backgrounds, i.e., students who speak Black English.

To remove the politically correct twists and turns, in plain English, students whose first language is not English, or black Americans, should not be punished for making grammatical or syntactical errors in English. Instead, they should be encouraged to have “a variety of choices” on micro-level issues and to develop a critical consciousness that allows them to write as they understand it, despite their grammar and writing skills, so that they are “empowered to overcome their failures.

Rutgers’ new anti-racist language standards are accompanied by a series of changes at other universities. Last July, the Conference on College Composition & Communication announced on its website that it was asking “U.S. teachers to stop using academic language and Standard English, which is the dominant white English and white linguistic hegemony ” and demanded that “Black English” be taught in college classrooms, “You can’t be racist, you should show respect now,” and “This is a black man’s demand for linguistic justice! “

In the middle of last year, the board of trustees of Princeton University in New Jersey voted to remove former President Wilson’s name from its public policy school to denounce “Wilson’s racist ideas and policies. Activists at the University of Pittsburgh called for the firing of any faculty member deemed racist or discriminatory by students, and the school said it would “seriously consider” the requests. As a result, Norman Wang, a Chinese-American associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was dismissed last August for writing an academic paper critical of affirmative action in medicine.

Cai Kefeng, president of New York-based Chinese PEN and a contributor to Open Magazine, called the change “an insane one. In the pursuit of political correctness, it has gone completely evil.” He said that when China was at the height of the Cultural Revolution, the poor peasants were recommended to enter universities “without examination” based on their political stance alone, and it was difficult to upgrade these students because of their poor background. The “Red Five” have lowered their standards. The leftist extremism of the United States is actually communism, but “to make it more ridiculous”, he described now is “the United States to the darkest hour”.