It would seem like a bridge too far, but in the current climate, there doesn’t seem to be such a thing.
The English Department at Rutgers University has decided that proper grammar, which is used to clearly communicate ideas, is racist. To eradicate racism, the department will be “changing the standards of English instruction.” The new focus will be on social justice and “critical grammar,” whatever that is.
Rutgers English department chair, Rebecca Walkowitz, said:
“This approach challenges the familiar dogma that writing instruction should limit emphasis on grammar/sentence-level issues so as to not put students from multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds at a disadvantage. Instead, it encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the variety of choices available to them [with] regard to micro-level issues in order to empower them and equip them to push against biases based on ‘written’ accents.'”
Let’s offer a translation of this academic jargon and subterfuge. What Walkowitz meant is that not only will the university not instruct students on using proper English in written documents, it also will encourage students to look for micro-aggressions in works written by others so that the students can see themselves as victims wherever they look.