According to the University of Washington-Tacoma Writing Center (UW-TWC),
students must "become more critical of these unjust language structures as they affect students' writing and the judgment of that writing."
Why? Due to the nation's "racist systems" enforcing writing practice systemic throughout academia, it's time to "emphasize he importance of rhetorical situations over grammatical 'correctness' in the production of texts."
Not only that:
...by acknowledging and critiquing the systemic racism that forms parts of UWT and the languages and literacies expected in it, students and writing center consultants can cultivate a more socially just future for everyone. Just avoiding racism is not enough because it means we are doing nothing to stop racism at large, and it amounts to allowing racism to continue.
Apparently, UW-T academic administrators weren't all too happy when the Statement went viral across the Internet. It's fine to accuse everyone else in other states of participating in systematic racism. But, it isn't fine to accuse "part of UWT and the languages and literacies expected in it" of participating in systematic racism. (The Motley Monk suspects the folks in the English Department were most unhappy.)
And...lo and behold...UW-TWC's leadership issued a "clarification."
Accusing "some issues-oriented blogs based in other states" of repeatedly misrepresenting the Statement--actually, engaging in "completely inaccurate" reportage--the UW-TWC's leadership wrote:
The Writing Center statement is not about changing the standard for how UW Tacoma teaches commonly accepted English, grammar and composition. UW Tacoma students achieve thorough proficiency in grammar and English expected in higher education and the workplace. Faculty demand a high level of writing proficiency. Our graduates are successful in a wide array of fields.
Imagine...folks on the political Left accusing other folks on the political Left not only of participating in systemic racism but also of doing nothing to stop it! And, more to the point, those folks at UW-TWC implicating faculty in the School of "Interdisciplinary" Arts and Sciences (note they've replaced the word "Liberal"), in general, and the English Department faculty, in particular, of such politically incorrect conduct!
A pox on all of those interdsiciplinary folks for not being tolerant, inclusive, or diverse!
Let the discussion begin...
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