Correcting someone’s grammar is now racist

Did you know that if a professor — whose job supposedly is to teach — corrects a student’s grammar, he is being raaaaaacist?

Of course, the “someone” must be a “person of color” — not just any color, but a person of dark, i.e., “black,” skin color.

The plain truth is that in today’s America, under the sway of Leftwing Tyranny, criticizing a person of color about ANYTHING is being racist.

That’s what Val Rust, a professor emeritus of education and information studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), discovered.

Val RustProfessor Val Rust teaching oppressing a class full of “persons of color”

Robby Soave reports for The Daily Caller, Nov. 26, 2013, that members of an UCLA student group, Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color, launched a sit-in protest against Professor Rust because he had the temerity to — GASP! — correct the grammar, punctuation and capitalization in “minority” students’ assignments.

According to Inside Higher Education, some 25 students participated in the sit-in, including five of the 10 members of Professor Rust’s class. The protesters wrote this statement to the college:

“A hostile campus climate has been the norm for Students of Color in this class throughout the quarter as our epistemological and methodological commitments have been repeatedly questioned by our classmates and our instructor. [The] barrage of questions by white colleagues and the grammar ‘lessons’ by the professor have contributed to a hostile class climate.”

Kenjus Watson

Kenjus Watson

As an example of Rust’s egregious racism, Ph.D. student and sit-in organizer Kenjus Watson, said the professor told one student that she should not capitalize the word “indigenous” (as in “indigenous” or native American) in her papers. Watson claimed the correction was “ideologically motivated,” whatever that means.

Rust, who was guest-lecturing in China at the time of the sit-in, sent a letter to his colleagues in the education department, saying he meant no offense to “minorities”: “I have attempted to be rather thorough on the papers and am particularly concerned that they do a good job with their bibliographies and citations, and these students apparently don’t feel that is appropriate.”

Rust also apologized for making matters worse by not aggressively and proactively taking the side of a “minority” student who was engaged in an argument with a white female student. The minority student told the woman that she had no right to feel oppressed, and Rust did not express agreement either way.

Rust wrote:

“Two weeks ago a Student of Color and a white female student got into a big discussion. She wants to use Standpoint Theory [a method of analysis coined by feminist sociologist Dorothy Smith, based on the idea that all knowledge is subjective and based on one’s position in society] in her dissertation, and the Student of Color told her she had no business claiming that she was a member of an oppressed group. She came back saying there are all kinds of oppression. I likely did not handle the situation well, because I chose not to stop the discussion between them, so it went on for quite a while, and the Students of Color apparently interpreted my silence to mean I wasn’t supporting them.”

Here’s Professor Rust’s email address: rust@gseis.ucla.edu

~Eowyn

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25 responses to “Correcting someone’s grammar is now racist

  1. Richard M Nixon (Deceased)

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  2. In 1971 after returning from Vietnam, I returned to college in NYC and was taking a class on American Social Institutions. During one class the professor asked the question: If you were ill and dying and a black physician came to minister to you, how would you feel? A Miss Magnani responded that she would find being treated by a black doctor to be totally repugnant. She was quite outspoken and I could not stop laughing, much to the dismay of the other students in the very liberal institution. The professor, a woman, was also a retired Army officer, so she was tolerant of me. A few years later I walked out of a class on the American West after professor asked a black student to read from the text. As I walked out the professor asked why I was leaving. My response, I will not waste my time in class listing to someone who is unable to read. So much for open enrollment. And today we have to tolerate ebonics. I am waiting for the repeal of the ‘Civil Rights Act’. In order to recover, America must return to 1963.

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    • Dear Mr. Molloy,

      If you or Miss Magnani needs brain surgery, would you object to neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson being your surgeon?

      I don’t judge my physicians (or anyone) by their skin color. What matters to me is whether they are good doctors. The same applies to professors and students — what matters are achievement criteria (grammar, knowledge, scholarship, skills), not ascriptive attributes (what we’re born with) of race, gender, or skin color.

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      • But Eo, I think that John Molloy IS in agreement w/your sentiments, although expressed in a different manner. He is concerned for the show of either ignorance or inadequate training, but not for the speaker’s origins.

        Brain surgery is an extremely critical procedure, so, I too, would be concerned if my surgeon presented as semi-literate in the language we were supposed to share in this context. I mean, if he hasn’t got the instructions down in the same language as the nurses and others, I think I’m likely to be in trouble….

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  3. I, for one, cringe at how some people grossly misuse and slaughter the English Language. English is universal and very important; therefore it should be spoken and written properly. During the last 20 or so years, I’ve found many college graduates that write as functional illiterates and speak just as poorly. Commonly found these days, are words being used improperly, such as there for their, your for you’re and other erroneous grammatical errors. Just recently, while reading a post,someone wrote about “stalking their shelves” with extra canned goods. I thought to myself “so, they are following their shelves around”. While in a department store, a few years back, during the shopping season, the lines were long and slow moving. An employee at the lay-a-way counter posted a sign thanking the customers for their “patients”. I told her the word should be “patience” since it was a store and not a hospital. Arriving upon the language scene to further chop away at the English Language is “Ebonics”. If one dare to correct it, a person is called a racist. English is a wonderful language and should be spoken and written correctly, regardless of race or color. We are judged by the words we speak and write. We should use proper punctuation and context. Thank you for allowing me to vent about such a great topic. Leeann Springer

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    • Because being grammatical and intelligible is oppressive and playing by The Man’s rules! Functional illiterates of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but serious employment!

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      • Well, no shit, Red Rider! Thanks for saying what’s likely in most people’s hearts here. Clearly you are as fed up as I [an instructor at the post secondary level and graduate school] w/these knuckle-dragging self-made idjits who are pleased to be below 100 IQ, not that it in itself is a standard of perfection!

        Can we all agree that enough is enough?

        For, as Dr Richard Weaver pointed out in 1948 in his best-selling “Ideas Have Consequences”, never out of print since then, if we cannot at least speak intelligibly to one another, how the Hell are we EVER going to have a civil society?

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    • Yo, Leeann, you’re doing just fine, never fear, and don’t look back, I’m w/you all the way!

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  4. And these are GRADUATE STUDENTS who don’t want to spell correctly, use grammar or express themselves clearly in writing. Bill Cosby was right in his Pound Cake speech: “I can’t even talk the way these people talk– ‘Why you ain’t where you is, go, what… ‘ … Everybody know it’s important to speak English, except these knuckleheads. You can’t land a plane with ‘Why you ain’t, where you at.’ You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.” (starting at 1:30)

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  5. You know, if I was in an African country and had to communicate in the language of that country, I would surely appreciate it when someone might correct my errors in order that I might learn to speak properly and well in that language. I wouldn’t regard those corrections as racist criticism.

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    • Sorry, but you ‘was’ never in an African country unless you actually had been. What I believe you meant to say is this: “If I were ever in an African country….”

      I’m an Italian-American born in Chicago, 1943, whose parents REFUSED to speak Italian at home, as we were to become Anglicised into the New World and leave the Old World [such as Italy & Africa] behind, because we were now US citizens. One cannot get out of the ghetto and remain ignorant of the lingo.

      I trust that you ‘wouldn’t regard those corrections as racist criticism.’

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  7. I hope that professor doesn’t back down under pressure and continues to grade his students correctly. He should have told both those students that neither one is oppressed.

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    • To me, Rust had already conceded with his apologies. Since he’s a professor emeritus (emeritus is a title conferred on a retired faculty), Rust will probably just stop teaching altogether. I would, if I were him.

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  8. I suspect that the real crime here isn’t in “race”, rather that this student group is run by those who take orders from those bent on rotting mankind, body, mind, and soul. The professor’s crime isn’t anything to do with student’s hue, but rather in trying to prevent the decay that the puppets of evil are so bent on (and proper communication is certainly under such attack, as it leads to resolution of problems without war, no war means no population control, no grandiose weapons sales to both sides, etc. you can see where this goes). Furthermore, the citing of the white female’s argument is interesting, (Why so much focus on that?) as people of fair skin are indeed discriminated against, unless they happen to be of a israeli nationality or are religiously of the talmudistic variety. The fact is, this female student would’ve called attention to the issue of “fair skin” discrimination, which is also something that is threatening to the puppets of evil, after all, if it becomes clear the fair skinned folk are also persecuted because of their color, then that might lead to loss of the favoritism-driven corruption-supporting protection mandates, which are currently on the books, and so misleadingly titled as “non-discrimination” or “anti-hate speech” etc.

    On that note, perhaps the Professor should check the school’s anti-bullying laws, as the student group’s behavior is consistent with the actual definition of bullying. (Perhaps seeing what their “demands” are, could be interesting?) Maybe it could be worked to turn the group’s actions on their heads?

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  10. Dr. Eo – a HUGE thanks for this post! Sometimes I forget the silliness out there when I haven’t checked in for while. Since everyone knows everything these days, dear people like Dr. Rust have become useless eaters. Never mind what they have contributed (and still are contributing) to the betterment of us all. Wow – I kept thinking of that old saw, “No good deed goes unpunished!” Too, thanks so much for the email address.

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  12. Mr. Molloy, some of your comments puzzle me a bit. I can overlook and dismiss your racist comment about the black Doctor and Ms. Magnani as typical and what else is new, (another racist white man) But your comments about Ebonics, a term that was made up by whites nonetheless, and about going back to 1963 and the civil rights act disturb me just a bit. let me first start by saying that I believe that all Americans should be able to speak the English language.( I am curious to know if you felt the same way about Hispanics in this country who don’t speak good English) I also believe that slang or Ebonics does have it’s place in the community; as seen with certain colleges offering a class on Ebonics. There is a time and a place for everything, and their is no need to talk as if you’re at a job interview or a business meeting if you’re hanging out with friends you grew up with. As long as one knows when to turn the slang, or Ebonics off and can speak the English language, what’s the problem? No, I don’t have a problem with this professor or any professor correcting a students grammar, and making sure that all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed, making sure that the term paper or essay is up to par. In regards to civil rights, I ask you; if you had your way, what would have happened back in 1963?

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    • I believe you meant to say “…who don’t speak appropriate English” or “…who don’t speak proper English”. “Well” is how you do it, “good” is how you feel, w/ some certain exceptions. Your choice of the word “good” did not fit any of those exceptions.

      What would I do in 1963. Nothing, nada, zilch, zippo. Because by not giving them the chance to turn into power hunger ghetto warriors, I would not have been nearly KILLED – twice. I have a lot more to say on the issue, but here isn’t the appropriate place…even tho I think a few of you would agree w/ what I just wrote and then erased. Ah well……

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  13. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this amazing post. This is far past being an ideological concern – it is more “in your face evil” – “do what thou wilt” religion going on here. The professor should not have apologized; no need to be lukewarm. Rules of grammar are rules of grammar. God help us!

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  14. As it turns out, the main accuser of Prof. Rust, Kenjus Watson, went on to become an assistant professor of something or other. As it further turns out, the dean who supported Rust’s accusers had to write a paper on what he did to support “diversity” on campus when he applied for the job. So, all in all, defending the accused is considered a bad career move, while accusing him puts you on the fast track, career-wise. In other words, ruining the life and reputation of an old, innocent, beloved man was just a cynical move by Watson in his bid for a university job. If that doesn’t make you puke, i don’t know what.

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