It’s been said whatever happens in California will eventually happen across the country sooner or later. If what happened recently at UCLA is any indication of what’s to come, I’m hoping it gets here later than sooner.
Professor emeritus of education and information studies Val Rust has been accused of racism by students of color. What did he do? He dared to correct the grammar, punctuation, and capitalization of the aforementioned students’ papers in a graduate level course.
Let me repeat that. Val Rust is accused of racism because he corrected the grammar, punctuation, and capitalization minority students’ papers.
But wait! There’s more! Rust further exacerbated the situation by…staying silent during an in-class debate between a white female student and a student of color regarding whether the white student could be considered part of an oppressed group. So, to put it another way, Rust is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t. Welcome to America 2016, where everything is racist, but we don’t know why.
Whether it’s Black Lives Matter or the University of Missouri, cries of “racism” with little to no basis in fact have become commonplace and amplified by a willing media. You know how bad it’s gotten? Bernie Sanders, a man with a history of civil rights activism, has been called a racist by Black Lives Matter with some civil rights “leaders” claiming they didn’t see him. Well, I guess all white people look alike…
Seriously, there is a difference between racism and what has happened to Val Rust. The former causes actual societal damage that can take centuries to overcome. The latter abuses the concept of the former to excuse bad behavior. Can’t write a cogent paper? Claim racism! Don’t want to go to class? Claim racism! Want to get white people to fall all over themselves to apologize for overblown slights? Claim racism!
Sorry, kids, but I’m going to call BS on the “Val Rust is racist” argument. If you have gotten that far in college and you still can’t construct a sentence without grammatical, capitalization, and punctuation letters, maybe the problem isn’t the professor correcting you. Maybe, just maybe, you suck at grammar, capitalization, and punctuation and need to learn it before you get an advanced degree.
In fact, let’s take it a step further. How in the blue hell did you get into college, let alone a graduate program, without a command of stuff you should have learned in elementary school? How many teachers allowed you to pass classes while doing you the disservice of not correcting your errors? But let’s all pile on the one instructor you’ve had who thinks it’s important you learn how to write properly before you make a fool of yourself in your dissertations.
I’m sorry, students of color who think Val Rust is a racist have just overextended your Race Card, and it has been revoked.