College Teaching Grammar is 'Racist' & 'Unjust'

 

Text of the poster:

 

Following is a statement that Writing Center professional staff, tutors, and the Director worked on extensively. It informs our center’s practices and on-going assessment efforts to improve our practices.

 

STATEMENT ON ANTIRACIST AND SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK IN THE WRITING CENTER

 

Our Beliefs


The writing center works from several important beliefs that are crucial to helping writers write and succeed in a racist society. The racist conditions of our society are not simply a matter of bias or prejudice that some people hold. In fact, most racism, for instance, is not accomplished through intent. Racism is the normal condition of things. Racism is pervasive. It is in the systems, structures, rules, languages, expectations, and guidelines that make up our classes, school, and society. For example, 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.

 

Because we all live, work, learn, and communicate within such racist systems, the consultants in the writing center assume that a big part of our job is to help students become more critical of these unjust language structures as they affect students’ writing and the judgment of that writing. In particular, being aware of racism as structural offers students the best chances to develop as writers and succeed on their own terms in an inherently racist society.

 

Furthermore, by acknowledging and critiquing the systemic racism that forms parts of UWT and the languages and literacies expected in it, students and writing center consultants can cultivate a more socially just future for everyone. Just avoiding racism is not enough because it means we are doing nothing to stop racism at large, and it amounts to allowing racism to continue.
 

Our Commitment


The writing center consultants and staff promise to listen and look carefully and compassionately for ways that we may unintentionally perpetuate racism or social injustice, actively engaging in antiracist practices. For instance, we promise to:

  • be sensitive to our language practices (what we say or allow to be said) and other microaggressions that may make some people feel uncomfortable or feel in some way inferior;
  • openly discuss social justice issues as they pertain to the writing at hand;
  • emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations over grammatical “correctness” in the production of texts;
  • be reflective and critical of the practices we engage in;
  • provide students ways to be more aware of grammar as a rhetorical set of choices with various consequences;
  • discuss racism and social justice issues openly in productive ways;
  • advocate for the things that will make our Center safe, welcoming, productive, proactive;
  • challenge conventional word choices and writing explanations;
  • conduct on-going assessments of the work of the writing center, looking specifically for patterns or potential inequalities or oppressive practices that may be occurring in the Center.

We also realize that racism is connected to other forms of social injustice, such as classism, sexism, heteronormative assumptions, etc., in similar ways. We promise further to do our best to compassionately address these issues as they pertain to student writing as well.

https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/university-writing-program/writing-center

 

Putting Writing at the Center of Inclusivity:

https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/news/article/putting-writing-center-inclusivity

I remember when the only nazis out there were grammer nazis and dead nazis.  I clearly need to work at improving my own grammer but I am very sad to see this horseshit.  Certainlt standards are changing, I guess the definition of racism has changed as well.  We should change the deifnition to mean puppies or ice cream to take power away from the word.

The problem isn't that there are a significant amount of people into safe spaces, microaggressions, etc. because there aren't. The problem is that the more moderate bulk of the left doesn't call them out on this bullshit.

The leftist/PC-culture was always going to be a race to the bottom.

Everything that is considered a standard is now a "white" standard and must be abolished.

lol

Lose a lot of jobs to well spoken white folk, Thacommish?

Since the work world doesn't have that poster, they are doing their students a disservice 

Thacommish - 
EndOfAntiSocial -
Thacommish - 
EndOfAntiSocial - Lose a lot of jobs to well spoken white folk, Thacommish?

wouldnt that make me upset at people who speak well? ....

 

did you put any thought into this?


Yeah I saw all your shit directed at Mr Weiner and thought "what a cunt"

... what shit lol the part where i stated how most people are less than honest in job interviews? and that being upset at someone trying to impress someone else at a job interview is kind of... backasswards?


Yeah just came across a little more aggressive than necessary

He's not upset at someone trying to impress him, he is upset that they suck at it. If they could speak well, they would speak well. If they are trying and failing...

I know, I know, something something shit post, no point, stupid ass, I'm smarter than you, blah blah.

I'd love to know what you do and how often you interview folks.

Thacommish - 
Fake Pie - He's not upset at someone trying to impress him, he is upset that they suck at it. If they could speak well, they would speak well. If they are trying and failing...

I know, I know, something something shit post, no point, stupid ass, I'm smarter than you, blah blah.

I'd love to know what you do and how often you interview folks.

Heres his direct quote

 

"It's also quite obvious when a young person is pretending to speak in a way that they think will impress me during an interview, I call it "talking white"."

 

because im not sure you know how to read

 

 


Yeah but the next sentence was:

"Using random large words that don't make sense or don't mean what you think isn't a sign of intelligence, it's a sign of deception, and you won't make it to first base."

So they try to impress him by throwing in words that don't make sense in context, showing they don't know the definitions of those words or how to use them. So they aren't just trying to impress him by speaking correctly, they are trying to but failing miserably and sounding idiotic in the process. That's his issue.

That's how I read his post anyhow. I'm sure he can clarify.

Im surprised there is not more intra-race conflict about ebonics.

Wtf

I always heard there is no proper way to speak, ie there is no handbook for speaking proper English.  There is however, only 1 proper way (2 if you count British English) to write it.

I have no idea what you're talking about......

I gots my degree in english from WU, Tacoma. Shit was tight and theys did a good ass job of keepin it 100  wit tha language.