Grading Plus Grammar Equals White Supremacy By James Reed
Will academics ever reach peak racism, running out of things to deconstruct with their pathetic little slogans and concepts?
“Ball State University recently hosted a presentation to “engage with the question of how English language practices in college classrooms contribute to white supremacy.” “Freeing Our Minds and Innovating Our Pedagogy from White Language Supremacy” was the title of the 75-minute guest lecture given on October 14 by Asao Inoue, a professor and the associate dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. “We are all implicated in white supremacy,” Inoue said during his presentation, co-hosted by Ball State’s English department, university writing program, and Office of Inclusive Excellence. “This is because white supremacist systems like all systems reproduce themselves as a matter of course,” he said. “This includes reproduction of dominant, white, middle-class, monolingual standards for literacy and communication.” White language supremacy, according to Inoue, is “the condition in classrooms, schools, and society where rewards are given in determined ways to people who can most easily reach them, because those people have more access to the preferred and embodied white language practices, and part of that access is a structural assumption that what is reachable at a given moment for the normative, white, monolingual English user is reachable for all.” “Your school can be racist and produce racist outcomes,” Inoue said. “Even with expressed values and commitments to anti-racism and social justice.” In one of his slides, Inoue states that “grading is a great way to protect the white property of literacy in schools and maintain the white supremacist status quo without ever being white supremacist or mentioning race.”
Well, I am fine with all this. Don’t grade minorities or anyone, or better yet, give everyone except whites a HD (High Distinction). Industry is already moving beyond paying much attention to university degrees, and all of this will help speed up the process of dissolving the universities. Bring it on!