- Published on Friday, 24 March 2017 12:20
The University of Washington’s Chief Writing Instructor, Dr. Asao Inoue, the author of such classics as Race and Writing Assessment and Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing For a Socially Just Future is ready to get rid of sentence structure that only, “Perpetuates inequality and white supremacy.”
By putting up posters that explain why English grammar is racist, Inoue hopes to, “Ensure that through compassion and careful consideration, staff do not inadvertently embrace racist practices.”
Starting a sentence with a conjunction the posters read, “Because we all live, work, learn, and communicate within such racist systems, the consultants in the writing center assume that a big part of our job is to help students become more critical of these unjust language structures as they affect students’ writing and the judgment of that writing. In particular, being aware of racism as structural offers students the best chances to develop as writers and succeed on their own terms in an inherently racist society.”
Oh yeah, that kind of brilliance is worth every penny of your tuition.