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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

College writing center: Grammar is racist

Grammar is “racist,” proclaims the writing center at the University of Washington, Tacoma. In fact, everything’s racist. Language structure is “unjust.”

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“We promise to emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations over grammatical ‘correctness’ in the production of texts,” announces a poster.

Students won’t be taught to communicate in standard English at the writing center, since there is no such thing. “Language is constantly changing.”

For all the “social justice” talk, how fair is it to deny college students an opportunity to learn to write clearly? Without facility in standard English, they will be unable to handle “rhetorical situations.”

And isn’t it racist to assume they’re incapable of learning to write grammatically?

About half of UW-Tacoma students are white, a quarter are Asian-American and the rest are Latino, black and other.

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