University of Chicago Declares English Language as Racist

Who knew that our language is racist?

The University of Chicago, which issued a statement in 2015 supporting the freedom of expression, now thinks the English language is racist, and won’t admit graduate students in the English Department unless they pursue work in Black Studies.

The department wrote on its website:

Note: For the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle, the University of Chicago English Department is accepting only applicants interested in working in and with Black Studies. We understand Black Studies to be a capacious intellectual project that spans a variety of methodological approaches, fields, geographical areas, languages and time periods.

Also on its website, the department noted:

English as a discipline has a long history of providing aesthetic rationalizations for colonization, exploitation, extraction and anti-Blackness. Our discipline is responsible for developing hierarchies of cultural production that have contributed directly to social and systemic determinations of whose lives matter and why… In light of this historical reality, we believe that undoing persistent, recalcitrant anti-Blackness in our discipline and in our institutions must be the collective responsibility of all faculty, here and elsewhere.

So there you have it.  The University of Chicago is countering what it sees as historical racism in the most common language in the Western world by using… racism.

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  1. buckwheat

    What a stupid idea – so you think ENGLISH is racist. What do you think we should speak. Maybe HEBREW.

  2. LMB

    If anyone is paying tuition to this so-called school of higher learning, needs a Gibbs head slap to wake-up!!!! This place needs to be shut down!!!

    • Ko

      so, the university is shutting down?

    • Ruby

      You are absolutely right. I agree with you 100%.

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  4. t

    This is crazy. Students should go some where else and let the college lose money. People should boycott this college.

  5. William Gordon

    Univ. of Chicago–read the U.S. Constitution and the documents It says also, that all persons who are to become citizens you must be able to read,write and speak English . that says–the language of this country is English. The country from what I read and understand–the nation will except those who do not speaker English–after a set amount of time –if they do not meet the requirements–may be sent back to the country they came from THE LANGUAGE for this country is ENGLISH. Read the US Constitution and all the other documents. The country was founded on the English world–no other language can take its place. If others do not like it–GET OUT NOW–OR SHUT UP–BEFORE WE AS AMERICANS HAVE YOU ARRESTED AND SENT BACK TO COUNTRY THAT THEY COME FROM. All Americans must meet all of THIS WAY AND CAN NEVER BE CHANGED.

  6. Teq

    Well we are in American which was ownEd by the Indians.
    Why study BLACK history… let’s study American Indian History… if that school really wants to go there!!!!

  7. Daniel Roy Bloomquist

    Make sure that that University makes mandatory the reading and pronunciation of the ben Asher Hebrew Text of the Old Testament, and the Scrivener Greek Text of the New Testament.

  8. Jerry Phillips

    Enough of this BS. Shut the Racist place down , it OFFENDS me!

  9. Richard

    This university must be run by imbeciles. If I were to walk through your university, I would bet 100% that most everything written is in “English”. So would that mean you’all are racist? If I were a parent with a child enrolled in your university, I would pull my child out and demand a refund. Your declaration that “English” is racist is most idiotic news I’ve read. Shutter your door!

  10. Jon James

    Madness, insane, close the place down!

  11. OleDad

    The mass insanity continues. The logical next step is to declare Computer Science racist and transphobic because it uses the binary number system.
    “Whom the gods would destroy, they first render mad [insane].”

    As one who has earned two PhD degrees (Educational Foundations1978, Educational Research and Statistics 1985), I have watched with utter dismay the death of both education and science at the hands of Progressives (Socialists) who have politicized every aspect of life — just as we saw in the former Soviet Union and now at the University of Chicago.

  12. Amber

    Racism at its finest. Dont like English or AMERICA. Get OUT. We dont want you here. We dont want your socialist or communist agendas in America!


    Universities are supposed to be the home of smart people. It sure doesn’t show!

  14. Sigmund Silber

    They do not know much about economics either at the U of C.

    Black Studies deserves its own department. Would you have Native American Studies in the English Department? How about Japanese Studies?

    One wonders what the job opportunities are for English majors with a focus on Black Studies. They may be pretty good actually. I know an English Teacher who would teach a segment on Black Literature. That makes sense.

    And I guess English is racist. So is Spanish and Chinese.

    But really. The University of Chicago needs to get with it re economics. They are really backwards.

  15. Bob Loblaw

    You can’t be serious! If this story is factually correct, then it’s another example of woke leftist universities and colleges infecting young peoples’ minds. How does this all stop? Or is the virus of socialism spreading and permanently infecting western society with no known vaccine? If so, we are all doomed.

  16. Gray_Guy

    If English is a racist language, doesn’t that make you and your entire family lines, benefactors, alumni, et al racist, too. You see, U.S. History goes way back to 1620. Columbus did not speak or write English. And Karma can turn right back on you. Have a nice day.

  17. Jeff

    Seems to be the prevailing type of lessons being taught at our failed universities. Just take a long look at the so lacking of intelligence out of these idiot classes being taught. These are truly dumb students and cooked brain teachers put together for indoctrination.

  18. Jack Saula

    All Federal Funding Should be cut

  19. RC

    How about not admitting black students until they study WHITE studies. Personally, I’ve had enough of this black lives matter baloney. All lives matter. Even if a flying saucer landed and the little green men jumped out. Wouldn’t their lives matter? People of color were treated poorly for a very long time. That time is long passed and they should be looking around saying, “Hey, look at me! I’m equal to everyone!”

  20. pat

    get smart ..leave Chicago University. Thee ae other real good universities thta believe in American history

  21. William Burke, jr.

    I would like to know that nationaity and/or ethnicity of the persons who made this decision. English has become the accepted language of international diplomacy all over the world. I believe, at least in Europe, that it replaced French as the official language of diplomacy. How can the English language, which is spoken by major countries in the world, the United Stated, the UK, Canada, Australia, etc. and is used as a second language in places like India, South Africa, etc. be racist? In what sense racist? In the sense that if you don’t think somebody is speaking English properly that they are therefore to be considered low class? I think some African-Americans speak English very poorly that it’s only because of their family background spoke English poorly and they were never properly instructed in English pronunciation in school. But then that’s not just black people. Many poor white people, especially from the South, speak English poorly. I have had to correct many white people from saying “I don’t know nothing about it”, for using a double negative for instance. It’s “I don’t know anything about it.” But then that’s not being racist, it’s just trying to get people to properly use English pronunciation, grammar, etc.

  22. Rick

    Perhaps these so called “scholars” need to go back to school in order to learn what they obviously missed during their own years of formal education. Their first class could be an in-depth study of the Constitution of the United States. What does this school really want? Wouldn’t the fair thing to do, be to require all students to study all peoples? If not, then wouldn’t the “scholars” be raciest? In order to eliminate all racism in this world, the development of a brand new world-wide language would need to be developed. A task, comprising of a representative from every language on earth, would be formed. In order not to be raciest, it would also be necessary to develop a universal alphabet and dictionary, comprising of common elements in each of the many languages involved.

  23. JC

    This is un-Constitutional. This university should be investigated as a racist organization and exposed for its bias and illegal actions. There are far too many seditious professors in the US now.

  24. Nancy Thayer

    Well I hope they will be denied federal funds and if I lived in any state that promoted this I would be pissed.

    • Robert Terry Moore

      I agree. Boycott the school. Deny Federal funding. Such a double whammy as that will cause them to think twice about propounding such a philosophy of hate toward everything American.

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