NOT THE ONION: College Writing Center Says Proper Grammar Is ‘Racist’

Expecting students to use proper grammar is “racist” and reflective of “white supremacy,” at least according to the University of Washington Tacoma’s writing program director Asao Inoue.

From The Daily Caller:

An “antiracist” poster in a college writing center insists American grammar is “racist” and an “unjust language structure,” promising to prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical ‘correctness.’”

The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center, states “racism is the normal condition of things,” declaring that it permeates rules, systems, expectations, in courses, school and society.

“Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” proclaims the writing center’s statement. “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.”

In the introduction to its “commitment” section, the Tacoma Writing Center pledges to “listen and look carefully and compassionately for ways we may unintentionally perpetuate racism or social injustice, actively engaging in antiracist practices” before making nine specific promises to students.

“We promise to emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations over grammatical ‘correctness’ in the production of texts,” announces the poster. “We promise to challenge conventional word choices and writing explanations.”

In an article accompanying the poster, the University of Washington, Tacoma revealed Friday that Dr. Asao Inoue, director of the writing center, is behind the new push for social justice.

A brief look at Inoue’s twitter shows he’s an anti-white hate preacher obsessed with deconstructing “whiteness.”

Credit: Information Liberation 

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  • Yes It Is Political

    Idiots definitely live among us and this just proves it.

  • Bill Rowland

    When standards are removed from society, you get a Detroit.

  • Katerina Kirax

    What an odd concept. Grammar is grammar – nothing racist about it. They may have some valid points about racism in general…but I thought they were to be teaching HOW to write, not WHAT to write?

  • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

    Every country has a standard for their language. It makes communication more effective. Even China, with all of their dialects, has a standard language, Mandarin. We have approximately 6 dialects with regard to vocabulary and grammar. Funny how his quotes were written in standard American English. Language is established by those with the military. That is how it was explained in my college grammar class. Vocabulary changes over time, which has been well documented with the English language. I believe the gentleman is confused. Most dialects in the US use similar grammar rules; however, verbs and subjects may be switched or syllables left off of words. I worked on a project where I took a novel and deconstructed the language in it. The play was August Wilson’s “Fences.” The grammar, on the surface, seemed strange, but when I diagrammed the sentences, most of the dialogue was still grammatically correct; it was the vocabulary that was different from the standard.