Is the American language in and of itself racist? The University of Washington at Tacoma says it is.
The college has hung an anti-racist poster in the student writing center insisting American grammar is unjust and racist. As the statement reads “Racism is pervasive. It is in the systems, structures, rules, languages, expectations, and guidelines that make up our classes, school, and society.” They say the unjust sentence structure English speakers commonly use allows microaggressions to easily form. They believe our language can manifest racism on a subconscious and casual level.
Dr. Jill Purdy, vice chancellor of undergraduate affairs says, "Language is the bridge between ideas and action, so how we use words has a lot of influence on what we think and do.” The school says this is only the beginning, as they plan to formally add the statement to their curriculum.
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