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Do you speak the grammatically correct language of white supremacy, or are you better than that?

At Maryland’s Towson University recently, a virtual conference ripped the racism of “rightful” words.

June 17th’s Antiracist Pedagogy Symposium sought to shed light on selecting syllables.

Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education April Baker-Bell — of Michigan State University — insisted teachers’ enforcement of standard English rules is an assault on “black language.”

Furthermore, per Campus Reform, she indicated black Americans bear a burden of racist violence.

White language guidelines, from the sound of things, aren’t too dissimilar:

“[It’s apparent that] anti-blackness that is used to diminish black language of black students in classrooms is not separate from the rampant and deliberate anti-black racism and violence inflicted upon black people in society.”

Black people don’t use conventionally “good” grammar, April evidently asserts, and teachers act as if they’re inferior:

“Teacher attitudes include assumptions that black students are somehow linguistically, morally, and intellectually inferior because they communicate in black language.”

Where whiteness is concerned, April’s contention isn’t uncommon.

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At Towson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania English Professor Cristina Sanchez-Martin also talked of pummeling paleness:

“The repeated references to ‘correct grammar’ and ‘standard language’ reinforce master narratives of English only as white and monolingualism and a deficit view of multilingualism.”

Back to April Baker-Bell, she wrote the book on the subject — literally.

See Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy.

Earlier this month, she summarized the situation to USA Today:

“[B]lack language is a legitimate language with syntax,

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