So now proper grammar is racist. Yes, that is what the University of Washington’s Writing Center has been proposing. Grammar Nazis
The University has now stated that English as a language has “no inherent ‘standard’”. This appears to mean that anyone who is a stickler of grammar (proper American standards) is a racist.
“Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” claims 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.”
Dr Asoa Inoue, Writing Center Director, says that racism has produced certain unfair standards in education.
But how can a language be racist. The broader context can be cited from how the English language was forced on the British colonies, including India.
The statement says that “racism is pervasive. It is in the systems, structures, rules, languages, expectations, and guidelines that make up our classes, school, and society.”
This is exactly how the English language spread across the length and breadth of nations as diverse as India and either supplanted or relegated into an inferior position the native languages.
Such racism is elusive and manifest on a subconscious and casual level. Those who are obsessed with the punctuations and correct usage of the words are behaving in a manner not less racist.
The university’s Vice Chancellor, Jill Purdy, claimed that the Writing Center’s new statement is a great example of how academia can fight back against racism.
“Language is the bridge between ideas and action,” she claimed. “So how we use words has a lot of influence on what we think and do.”