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Great, more education being replaced by blatantly racist propaganda.
Yes, even when something is in favor of black people and excludes all others, it’s still very racist… quite literally the definition of racism.
Needless to say, Chicago has been on a slippery slope for quite some time now. Can you imagine if this was directed towards only whites? There would be a complete uproar and the rioters would tear the school down to bits and pieces.
For the next graduation admissions cycle, the English department at the University of Chicago is only accepting applicants with the intent to work ‘in and with Black studies.’
That’s cool, so we’re just going to neglect the needs of all other races and ethnicities. That’s super helpful, especially for all the other students who have paid up the a$$ to even attend a university. PLEASE sense my intense sarcasm here.
The Daily Mail reported:
In a statement uploaded to the English department’s website in July, the faculty announced their commitment to the ‘struggle of Black and indigenous people, and all racialized and dispossessed people, against inequality and brutality’.
‘For the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle, the University of Chicago English Department is accepting only applicants interested in working in and with Black studies,’ the statement adds.
‘We understand Black studies to be a capacious intellectual project that spans a variety of methodological approaches, fields, geographical areas, languages and time periods.’
English as a subject, the department says, has provided ‘aesthetic rationalizations for colonization, exploitation, extraction and anti-Blackness’.
The statement goes on to deem the ‘collective responsibility’ of the faculty to be ‘undoing persistent, recalcitrant anti-Blackness in our disciplines and in our institutions.’
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I find it hard to believe that the University of CHICAGO is anti-black in their disciplines. Okay, how? I really can’t help but think that they’re just virtue-signaling by saying these things because not one person supplies legitimate proof, other than ‘exclusion from our university based on race must be somewhere in the ether.’ Sorry, but that’s not good enough. I guess saying, “here’s a free pass because you’re black or dedicating your life to the black community” is too honest.
Gerald McSwiggan, a university spokesman told Fox News that the department ‘saw a need’ to focus doctoral admissions on those wishing to focus on Black Studies this year.
I don’t care what the color of your skin is (I can’t say this enough)… if you didn’t do the work necessary to have qualifying credentials to even be accepted into the school (such as your GPA), or you don’t put in the necessary effort to STAY in the school, then that’s just on you as a person.
I’m working my butt off to even get into law school. If I don’t reach even the bare minimum standards, that doesn’t mean I’m being excluded based on my race or ethnicity. But if I were to get denied admission to the law school based on my line of work NOT focusing on a specific race of people, I would be LIVID.
To be clear, I support the idea to equally incorporate black history studies into schools, as we would normally see with all the other complicated histories of many other types of people who were also enslaved throughout the world and who also continually face racism to this day. I felt like the schools did a pretty good job of equal inclusion of studies when I was growing up, but perhaps things have drastically changed?
Furthermore, not once have I ever been in an English class and thought ‘wow, they’re really excluding the blacks right now with all of this proper English.’ The English language is known for mass amounts of slang throughout various regions of our country. Therefore, teaching the evolvement and history of English, from classical to modern, isn’t intended to promote hierarchies or ‘systemic determinations of whose lives matter and why.’ The study is nothing more than learning history and establishing how far we have come from those hierarchies and inequality.
Congratulations, you’re not only crapping on the effort that people (especially blacks) who fought to make the changes that exist today, but you’re also reducing the value of quality education and the incentive that should correspond for all successful students.