Grammatically Correct Way of Handlin’ Racism

And the Professor said,

“We ’bout to dive on deep into the grammatically correct way of handlin’ racism, ya’ll.”

“A University of California Los Angeles professor recently came under fire from a number of students for what they described as racist behavior. According to professor emeritus Val Rust, the entire controversy arose from his effort to instill in his students a higher grammar proficiency.” Let me write that again. “A University of California Los Angeles professor recently came under fire from a number of students for what they described as racist behavior. According to professor emeritus Val Rust, the entire controversy arose from his effort to instill in his students a higher grammar proficiency.” I don’t think you heard me. “A University of California Los Angeles professor recently came under fire from a number of students for what they described as racist behavior. According to professor emeritus Val Rust, the entire controversy arose from his effort to instill in his students a higher grammar proficiency.”

Impossible. There is no way that the correct, proper, and legitimate way of writing and using the English language is viewed as racist. Today’s lack of thick skin has called for an institution to lax the art of English. What next, numbers are racist? If 1 + 1 = 2 is too difficult for someone to grasp, is the teacher racist for trying to help them understand? This is a goddamn university we’re talking about here. Perhaps education, even at a university level, will have to be dumbed down for racism’s sake.

 

14 responses to “Grammatically Correct Way of Handlin’ Racism

  1. This was stupid. It’s like saying an actor is racist for doing different accents or impersonations. It was clearly a joke about how the English language has changed over the years and slang like “’bout” and “ya’ll” are common words that are used incorrectly.

  2. Excuses, excuses. Racism seems to always be an excuse. An english teacher is suppose to correct their students grammar in order to succeed in the class and in life. This is ridiculous. I also liked that argument; “If 1+1=2 is to difficult to grasp, is the teacher racist for trying to help them understand?” Haha good one!

  3. Christopher Rodriguez

    People will blame everything on racism these days.

  4. I also agree with professor Kollitz and we had a short discussion about this. Why does this have to be a problem? And why is it being called out on at Universities? Parents need to instill these values to their children as soon as they begin to start writing and learning their ABC’s. As a parent, I set time aside so that I can sit down, play, and teach my daughter her ABC’s, sight words, etc. And she’s just only 4! I want to set that good example that education is important. She knows I go to school and she also knows that I am there to take her and pick her up from school as well. These students shouldn’t be offended. They should take it and appreciate that the professor is only trying to help them. This was definitely not racist behavior!

  5. I hope there was more to this story!

  6. I did not see what the big deal is about.

  7. These overly sensitive students will not realize the professor’s initial objective until they are rejected at job interviews a few dozen times for their lack of proper grammar.

  8. it sounds ridiculous but there is always more to a story.
    i mean if more than a handful of students were offended then its hard to believe it was because the professor wanted to help them.

  9. I’m more interested in exactly what he said or how he said that the students deemed to be racist. But anyway, it is true that not many people today regard even a decent level proficiency in grammar and spelling of particular importance. It is just rather appalling that this happened at a university, of all places.

  10. I really liked your point, Professor Kollitz, about how these problems arise from parents and family, who should be setting a good example for their children. I’m tired of seeing all these illiterate 5-10 year olds on media websites like Vine cussing up a storm, and hearing their parents laugh in the background. It’s like, you’re going to exploit your child and teach them inappropriate language skills?? Why? Just so you can get more views and likes?

  11. I actually think the problems is in homes and schools–parents should be setting good examples and teaching values, while K-12 teachers should be insisting on common courtesy and decency in school.

  12. I do believe more research into this conflict is needed. I mean there is a severe lack information here. For instance, it would help to see some examples of his teachings to gauge if he is actually racist, or if these kids are just being idiotic

  13. Aha! So UCLA is interested in correct grammar too! Thanks to the student who sent this.

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