Professor Called ‘Racist’ for Correcting Black Student’s Paper; Students Protest And Call Correcting Grammar a “MicroAggression”
University. A place of higher education, higher standards, and higher ideals. But, not at the prestigious UCLA campus. No, at UCLA it’s not academic achievement that's flying high, it’s racial tensions.
There have been several racially charged incidents at the school, but the one example of racism that really got minority students riled up was a professor who corrected an African-American student’s grammar. That’s right, an accomplished thought-leader at UCLA marked-up the student’s paper where he had displayed incorrect use of capitalization and punctuation.
The on-campus minority students’ group, "Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color", launched a sit-in to protest the professor’s grammar corrections, or as they called it: "micro-aggression" against an African-American student.
Is it possible to find another instance of someone crying "racism" so devoid of common sense? The minority students didn’t consider that grammar is an important element in drafting University papers, and that documenting corrections is an excellent way to learn? Did the minority students think the only students who received corrections were African-American students?
In a statement, the "Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color" group said, "the grammar ‘lessons’ by the professor have contributed to a hostile class climate."
In a written response to his colleagues, Professor Rust said: "I have attempted to be rather thorough on the papers and am particularly concerned that they do a good job with their bibliographies and citations, and these students apparently don’t feel that is appropriate."
Apparently, nothing is appropriate when minority students at UCLA are concerned and all equitable treatment is racist. Marking a wrong question on a minority student’s exam as wrong? Racist. Giving a minority student a grade less than A+? Racist. Maintaining your University’s high academic standards among minority students? Racist.
If you were Professor Rust, how would you respond to the "Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color" group?