Professors say proper grammar is racist, perpetuates whiteness

Professors say proper grammar is racist, perpetuates whiteness. By Sarah Taylor.

Towson University recently hosted a virtual “Antiracist Pedagogy Symposium,” according to Campus Reform, which “criticized university writing curriculum and programs for being racist and perpetuating whiteness.” …

Baker-Bell — an associate professor of language, literacy, and English education at Michigan State University — … noted that dangerous teacher attitudes include “assumptions that black students are somehow linguistically, morally, and intellectually inferior because they communicate in black language.”

“The way black language is devalued in schools reflects how black lives are devalued in the world,” Baker-Bell said, “[and] the anti-black linguistic racism that is used to diminish black language and black students in classrooms is not separate from the rampant and deliberate anti-black racism and violence inflicted upon black people in society.”

Also present was Cristina Sánchez-Martín, English professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who said that she is working hard to undo “whiteness” in her students’ writing.

“The repeated references to ‘correct grammar’ and ‘standard language’ reinforce master narratives of English only as white and monolingualism and a deficit view of multilingualism,” Sánchez-Martín insisted during the symposium.

Uh huh. Well why not hold the conference in black language? And write your academic papers in black language? Oh….

Charles:

After we lower the standards in everything, do you think this will be a country that can compete with China?

China has to be laughing out loud at this prospect.

hat-tip Charles