And here’s ANOTHER news item that you can’t believe is serious…but, sadly, is.
The Daily Caller reports that at the Tacoma campus of the University of Washington, there hangs a sign - a poster, really - in the school’s Writing Center that both declares and “explains” that racism is an inherent part of society, including within the English language.
How about THAT?
Now, if you knew nothing else, you might likely assume that such a poster is the product of a group of dissatisfied social justice warrior students, perhaps even a student contingent of Black Lives Matter.
You’d be wrong.
This poster explaining how racist all of society and language is…is the “brainchild” of the director and staff of the Writing Center itself.
Dr. Asao Inoue, the Center’s director, appears to be the person most responsible for the curious emphasis on social justice over the traditional, competent expression of English.
The ideas expressed on the poster are something to behold, that’s for sure. Saying “the racist conditions of our society are not simply a matter of bias or prejudice that some people hold,” the poster flatly declares that “racism is the normal condition of things,” and that “it is in the systems, structures, rules, languages, expectations, and guidelines that make up our classes, school, and society.”
Doesn’t leave much out, does it?
Have no fear, though; the staff of the Writing Center goes on to say that they are all set to combat the presence of racism in the English language:
“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.”
“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.”
Good. This way, the students who pass through the Writing Center will be amply prepared to communicate with particular effectiveness should any find themselves working on the newsletter at the local loony bin.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large