UCLA Protesters Call Good Grammar Racist

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A University of California Los Angeles professor recently came under fire from a number of students for what they described as racist behavior. According to professor emeritus Val Rust, the entire controversy arose from his effort to instill in his students a higher grammar proficiency.

“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,” he explained in a letter, noting “these students apparently don’t feel that is appropriate.”

He claimed that some students accused him of “micro-aggression” for pointing out mistakes in grammar and punctuation.

Rust noted that another complaint arose regarding a conversation about race that took place among a couple of students in one class. A number of demonstrators took part in the protest as some even occupied Rust’s classroom.

While students like Nora Cisneros joined in the sit-in demonstration, many of those who know Rust best are quick to come to his defense.

“It is disturbing that students would make such unfounded accusations base on misperceptions of what they believe is racism,” said Emily Le, a graduate student at UCLA and longtime acquaintance of Rust.

In all, about 25 students participated in the event, which both Rust and Le said could have been far more effective if protesters had allowed for an open discussion of the issue instead of a unilateral protest.

“If they were trying to create a bigger dialogue for the community to discuss,” Le reasoned, “they would have chosen the town hall we have once a quarter or talked to the dean to discuss their issues.”

Instead, as with almost all protests, participants tried to appeal to emotion in spreading their views rather than backing up their position with reason and fact. Their intent, according to one of the professor’s colleagues, was not to highlight the issue of racism but to trash Rust’s reputation.

At this point, the professor’s many supporters are afraid the school will now devolve into conflict as a result of the protest.

Too many in our racially charged society are eager to lob accusations against individuals with little or no evidence to back them up. Unfortunately, our media culture is equally eager to take these claims at face value.

Racism is a difficult charge to disprove, which explains why it is such a popular accusation among leftists.

–B. Christopher Agee

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  1. Robert Blomberg says:

    Ah yes, the dumbing-down of America: where some people try their hardest to remain ignorant. We’re breeding a generation of weenies who can’t stand to be corrected, or taught the truth.

  2. Everyone of the protesters should be expelled from school since they don't seem to be there to learn. They are taking the place of people that would love to be in this school to get a higher education. When a spoiled child can't get their way they start whining until they can get their own way. In the mean time they are trying to ruin a mans reputation. Dump them all.

  3. Good grammar is education. Poor grammar is stupidity and ignorance

  4. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    In the racist words of Al Sharpton “don’t talk to us like we stupid, don’t talk to us like we ignant.” Oh, and you be rasist if I ain’t taulkin IGNORANT lik some whity!

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      He de the man that Rev. Sharpton.He has to talk ghetto talk otherwise 3/4 of blacks wouldn't understand what he be talkin about.

      • Sharpton , ever the RACIST , has won a place deep in the heart of the ignorant masses just as Jesse Jackson and Reverend Wright have. Placing the blame for the woes of the African American population whose income level and regard for education is ever declining here in the USA and standing upon any soap box offered to continue the rhetoric and pontifications of previous decades of other RACIST IGNORANT A – HOLES is what they do best. Joining them in their RACIST slant is the black guy residing ion OUR White House. You know the one right ? The guy who " if he had a son " he would look just like Treyvon Martin. Right – the foreign terrorist Muslim traitor that LIES every time he opens his mouth. They are helping to defeat their own race by instilling the notion that education , hard work , an independent enthusiastic spirit and GOD'S blessing are no longer necessary to survive and prosper. Now it's " a pen and a cell phone " and my 'bama phone an my welfare check an whateva drug I sells own da side ".

        It's such a complete waste of a life and they don't even recognize it.

  5. united states of pussies is what we are about to be re-named. I'm so sick and tired of these liberal policies, and pc police letting these whinny babies get there way over every little thing that they don't like. generation of useless morons is what we are raising. we need some of those dads and professors from the 40's and 50's that put a whoopin' on you if you even acted irritated from what they were conveying!!!
    and California is about as useless as a shit covered popsicle!!

  6. Edwardkoziol says:

    With Arne Duncan heading the useless Dept.of Education we are looking at a class of chilfdren who will be dumber then a bag of rocks.To get the American Children back to education we need to get rid of unions,tenure and the Dept. of Education period.

  7. Wiseoldlady says:

    There is nothing more DISGUSTING than listening to people talk incorrectly….
    Me and her….WRONG….it is SHE AND I….CORRECT
    I seen that….WRONG….I SAW THAT…..CORRECT

    INCORRECT grammar shows either LOUSY teachers or ignorant LAZY people. Either way it is repulsive to listen to stupidity….just like chalk on a chalk board….so do not give a crock what some DUMB hair brained idiotic so called college thinks. RIGHT IS RIGHT…WRONG IS WRONG
    Correct grammar is beautiful.

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