Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Thomas Dishaw
The University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center wants to convince its students, as well as society, that American grammar is “racist” and an “unjust language structure.”
A poster created by the director, staff, and tutors of the writing center claims that “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.” (RELATED: Get more news like this at Censored.news)
While it is true that language is constantly evolving, it does not necessarily mean that our original forms of communication are wrong or discriminatory. As with most Social Justice arguments, this is not only wrong but detrimental to society. History has shown that grammar, regardless of the country or the language, is the foundation for communication. Grammar provides a clearer message and increases the likelihood of understanding the message’s intent and meaning.
William Bradshaw, a former College President and English Professor, wrote about the importance of grammar for the Huffington Post. He explains, “English is the primary grammatical standard for the world today — in all venues of life: business, government, medicine, education, and so forth. In most countries where English is not the primary language, English is the language of second choice.”
The Tacoma Writing Center’s prioritization of Social Justice over grammar resembles previously concerted efforts to legitimize incorrect speech, such as Ebonics, “inventive spelling,” and “whole language.” But ignorance should not be rewarded, especially when our education system, as flawed as it can be at times, works to ensure students make the necessary corrections in literacy. This effort to label grammar “racist” is just another example of the kind of Left-wing insanity that now infects universities across America.
The fundamentals of grammar and standard English are taught primarily the same throughout all school systems in the United States, so the argument that grammar is “classist” and “racist” is a farce. If a student decides to ignore lessons provided on how to use correct grammar, that adverse outcome falls on themselves and their parents. It is not racism but the stupidity of the new generation brought upon by movements like this that cause a problem. (RELATED: Get more news like this at Freedom.news)
Whatever dialect people choose in an informal setting or among friends and family is their right, but for the sake of clear communication, there has to be a set standard, otherwise we become neanderthals again. But perhaps that is the endgame.
It already feels like many of us are not on the same page, but if movements like this are taken seriously soon we won’t even be able to read the same book.
The role of professors and colleges should be to provide students with the tools they need to obtain gainful employment and be contributing members of society. It is no longer the globalists that we need to be concerned about; it is self-proclaimed social justice warriors that will be our undoing.