UCLA Protesters Call Good Grammar Racist

B. Christopher Agee, Western Center for Journalism, November 22, 2013

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.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    i wint to ucla and I gots reel good english. I thank that ucls diskrimenaytes agenst my noritys so they needs ta let in peepel hoo kan proov they finishd 1st grade.

  • Erasmus

    If these “students” don’t want an education, (which it’s clear they don’t), let them slither off to some 3rd world country or some ‘hood, where they’ll be free to butcher the language and talk like ghetto trash without someone ever correcting them.

    Truly, the lunatics now are really running the asylum.

    • dubyasee

      The grammar victims are simply useful pawns for the originators of “The Culture of Critique”.

    • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

      it’s bizarro world Jerry!

  • haroldcrews

    The terms ‘racism’ and ‘racist’ are so vague and utterly meaningless that it is unethical to use them as an accusation. This is particularly the case since they are also so powerful. Their use effectively makes people unemployable and if the charges become sufficiently well known often result in actual violence. They are in fact rhetorically equivalent to the use of violence. They are used by bullies to intimidate others. It’s past time decent people shame and shun those who continue to use them.

    • Daniel Schmuhl

      I personally embrace the racist label, trying to argue that you are a racialist, race realist, and so on is just futile with these people.

      • ThatguyinTN

        When they try to pull it on me I just tell them that facts are facts , facts cannot be racist because political correctness has no bearing on fact, and they are just screaming racism because they cannot refute the facts they don’t like and thinks screaming racism is proof positive the facts are incorrect. They usually get huffy and stomp off

        • haroldcrews

          If a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich can be ‘racist’ so can facts. Remember you’re not dealing with rational people.

          • ThatguyinTN

            Sarcasm alert: I can see how peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can be racist. The evil white devil is honkey-fying and trying to steal their invention of peanut butter by spreading it on white bread and crackers. Jelly is just collateral damage.

          • Kenner

            Good one, Thatguy–!!

          • Brian

            I got called ‘whitebread’ by a Diversity, but he didn’t like it so much when I called him ‘pumpernickel’. Come to think of it, Pumpernickel would make an excellent Ebonics name.

        • Garrett Brown

          “The honest have no need for racism”.

        • Brian

          My standard response is ‘name-calling does not constitute an argument.’

      • Paleoconn

        I agree. Denying or even going on about how many black friends one has is comical, if not pathetic.

    • Luca

      “Racism” and “Racist” are nothing more than verbal weapons developed by the wordsmiths on the left. They are no longer used in their proper sense by the Left.

    • I’m going to argue with you on one point, and that is that these epithets are no longer “powerful”. Like the old four-letter Anglo-Saxon monosyllable expletives, they’ve been overused to the point of irrelevance. The term “racist” only succeeds in revealing the person using is seem simple-minded and uncouth. “You’re a racist” or “that’s racist” really only translates as “I don’t like you”, or “I don’t like that”.

      What gave these whiners the idea that anyone else in the whole world was required to care who or what they like?

  • Luca

    Just one more example of minorities not willing to do the hard work necessary to achieve a particular result. They want it handed to them on a silver platter like everything else. It’s called “entitlement mentality”. They are quite accustomed now in getting equal results without equal achievement, they simply protest and claim victim-hood regardless of how irrational the claim may be. The sad part is they have people who support and enable them in this endeavor when they should be ridiculed and ashamed of themselves.

    • gemjunior

      I’ve had people say I have “white privilege” to me and my response to them is “entitlement privilege”. It has caused libs to drop their jaws and you can see their anguish as the truth dawns on them. It won’t be long till our minorities are driven to school etc.. in a chauffeured town car.

      • obot

        That’s already happening in some areas:

        A KIRO 7 news report about the Seattle Public School using town car services to transport homeless students to school conjured up ugly stereotypes of low-income kids chilling in the back of a limousine while a driver in a chauffeur’s cap ferried them to their destination. If you’re a parent forced to endure those chilly dark Seattle mornings waiting for the yellow bus, the new story seem to point to something patently unfair.

        Moreover, past state audits have criticized Seattle’s unusually high per-student transportation costs. And for a district no stranger to financial problems and corruption scandals, I can understand why parents might be horrified.


  • Bergeron

    Instruction is micro-agression, standards are white privilege, and existence is racism. The project undertaken by the critical theorists is the destruction of meaning and sense, along with the creation of a new sort of meaning, based on politics and intended to control all possible ways of looking at the world, in order to empower these new arbiters of meaning.

    That’s one of the things I got out of that course on deconstruction I took in college.

    This is a type of meta-politics, and it becomes harder and harder to even see it, let alone fight it, as the project penetrates ever deeper into our culture.

    • ViktorNN

      Nicely put. It’s important to remember that it’s not merely about them clawing for whatever power they can get – it’s just as much about them seizing power from us – white people and our civilization, Western Civilization.

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      Orwell was right, of course, he was just off by a few years.

  • Puggg

    He’s a professor in the school’s grad school of information and education studies. You don’t think people studying information and education need good grammar and spelling, do you?

    • ThatguyinTN

      Of course they don’t need it. Being able to read and comprehend books written in english is beneath them. Besides they will make up the information to fit their needs and kids are being dumbed down to the point that even if it was written properly the indoctrination lesson would be too complicated to read by today’s standards.

      • saxonsun

        “English” is capitalized.

        • ThatguyinTN

          and I might would care if this were a college paper or educational text as its not being a grammar nazi is pointless.

  • bigone4u

    The English profs at my former university used to pass back papers to students by putting them in a cardboard box outside their office doors. BIG mistake. Me, nosy to the max, looked at a bunch of them when no one was around. Appalling. The profs often did not lower grades for spelling and puntuation errrors. So, kudos to Professor Rust for doing his job. And we’ll see how far these “empowered” protestors get in the job market as graduates. Unless government hires them, they’re up the creek without a paddle.

  • sbuffalonative

    While it’s a universally known fact that all races are equal in every way, it’s simply racist to expect non-whites to meet white standards. Get it?

  • JohnEngelman

    It is racist to expect blacks to perform and behave the way white do. They do not perform and behave less well. They perform and behave differently.

    *sarcasm off*

  • Even these clowns give “educated idiots” a bad name.

  • Jesse James

    As the old civilized white folks used to say, “There is no leveling up, only leveling down.”

    • Sick of it

      The entire modern world seems to be based upon the idea of the Lowest Common Denominator.

      “The phrase also appears in other places, particularly in engineering,
      referring to the minimum requirements or common attributes between
      systems. This can be useful for making different systems compatible, by
      taking the minimal amount of necessary features, allowing them to
      communicate or connect.”

      en (DOT) wikipedia (DOT) org/wiki/Lowest_common_denominator#Other_Uses

      Obviously said compatibility is necessary for a one world system.

      • ThomasER916

        Tikkun Olam!

        • Sick of it

          Healing the world by making us morons, apparently.

          • ThomasER916

            That’s idea.

            Turn every white, Christian nation into South Africa.

  • Spartacus

    Pretty soon, having a minimally functional brain will be racist…

    • Whitetrashgang

      No it will be having a IQ over 90.

  • The Final Solution

    The great irony is that this leftist democrat professor no doubt voted to let as many of these substandard illiterate retard students into the country and on campus as possible. Now he’s getting his face rubbed in good at the results of in-state tuition for invaders and zero standards for international students, most of them from Asia.

  • The Final Solution

    If you think this story is good, read the one linked to the original article about how using white paper is making students racist. Now THAT is so outrageous they need to put that person in a mental hospital.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Just another day in American higher education. These idiots are at every university (except perhaps Hillsdale).

  • bubo

    Any criticism of any non-white for any reason is considered racism by the left.

    • Jack Burton

      That’s correct, in fact anything they don’t like about you could be racism. For racism is now not something you did, but something they don’t like.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Some professors can be downright fetishistic when it comes to the proper formatting of bibliographies, source citation, footnotes and the like, but not once in my college career did the possibility that this was ‘rayciss’ enter my mind.

    Must have been the white privilege…

    • Sick of it

      It was just something I always had to deal with. Even in high school. Do they expect perfect scores for sloppy work?

    • mobilebay

      These people should be happy they didn’t have a Prof I once had. One error on a paper earned a student an “F.” It happened to me…just once.

  • humura

    Of course it is outrageous and racist that universities expect Black students to write correct English. Of course the minorities are furious when they are corrected. Perhaps their protest signs should read: We Be Angery! Remember, before being admitted through affirmative action programs, they may have studied Ebonics rather than English. Ebonics means whatever the Blacks say is correct, and bully any white who dares to try to correct them.

  • MekongDelta69

    That’s what I ‘love'[sic] about idiot leftists.

    They always come up with new catch-phrases for ‘racism,’ and have been doing so since the 60s.

    Today’s catch phrase is ‘micro-aggression.’

    • The Final Solution

      How about the infamous door gunner scene in Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket? Get some get some get some! What’s that, massive aggression?

      • Lagerstrom

        About as massive as you can get.

    • Jack Burton

      The correct term is passive-aggressive, but they’re too stupid to know that.

  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    We have the “everybody deserves to go to college” crowd and NCLB to thank for today’s crop of “students.”

    • Brian

      Those were the parents; The Great Society/War on Poverty was the grand-dad.

  • Chris

    Leftist professors encouraged and enabled this kind of radical nonsense for decades. Now the chickens are coming home to roost. “Revolutions devour their own children.”

  • Bill

    I’ve noticed that many actual African-Africans speak much better English than many African-Americans. . . . . Whenever I’ve been mocked for my correct speech, the person, for some reason, uses an English accent. I guess that’s the best they can do.

  • ViktorNN

    It’s a quandary for the non-white:

    To not get a college degree is to admit that non-whites can’t achieve what whites can – and yet, to do everything required to achieve what whites can is to “act white” and thus become a sell-out, and boojie.

    Thus, they always have to keep a veneer of ghetto/barrio stupidity – which of course isn’t that hard, since they never really lose it to begin with.

  • QuinnTheEskimo9

    Non-white losers again making excuses for their failures and shortcomings.

    They want it that way, OK, don’t correct their grammar. Let them take their poor command of English right into their employer and see how that goes over.

    • M.

      Das rayciss, dog!

  • Jack Burton

    Did they use those grotesquely obnoxious chants, like “Hey, hey, ho, ho, racist Rust has got to go.”

  • blight14

    And this was supposed to be graduate school? I’m starting to think those pesky ‘stereotypes’ may be based on repeated behavior patterns and not just whisked from thin air.

  • Lagerstrom

    Brilliant! I love this stuff.
    I recently heard that Monty Python were planning a reunion. They need not bother, I don’t think they could top this.

  • Chris

    It started out that red ink was offensive and made students feel bad. I
    was a teaching assistant at a university and one of my tasks was to
    grade papers. It was actually department policy not to use red ink
    pens. It was a large division 1 college and majority Hispanic (the
    college was in Texas) so you can imagine how busy I was marking errors
    on papers. My professor told me to grade hard but I got so tired of
    “Meester Meester por que this wrong?’

  • Yale2001

    So now intelligence is “racist”.

    • Sick of it

      Being enslaved rankles intelligent people.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    I doubt it was a written statement from Le, so the bad grammar or typo would probably be the fault of the journalist. But I think we’ve missed the forest for the trees. In that quote we saw something that is as rare as hen’s teeth: an Asian standing up for a White in the face of racial accusations. Although there are some on the Right, even the White nationalist Right, who hope that Asians as a fairly intelligent race would side with us against cultural Marxism, it almost never happens.

    • Brian

      They’re going to have to join us before too long, if they want to survive the dusky flood.

  • Massif1

    These mexicans will soon join the ranks of other entitled his-panic teacher all over California and begin brainwashing the masses. The only racism I see is California giving special privilege to people that don’t deserve a penny from the taxpayer money paying for “ethnic” education in UCLA.

  • If correcting their grammar, spelling and punctuation – in a university learning environment – is “micro-aggression”, what would calling these demonstrators “infantile, dim-witted Fourth-World refuse” constitute?


    Every language I have ever studied [English, Latin, French, Korean] had its rules for grammar. Why should English be different? If we can’t agree on the rules of good grammar, we cannot hope to communicate with each other. These student protestors would apparently be happier living in a modern Tower of Babel.

    In my day [pre baby-boomer], a student had to be able to write an essay that was fairly error-free as far as grammar was concerned. For example, more than one misspelled word per 100 got you a failing grade for the whole paper. The only spell-checker was a physical book called the dictionary. Likewise, a single serious error in grammar [e.g., misplaced modifier, dangling modifier] doomed the whole paper.

    An institution that claims to be a top university has no business tolerating poor grammar, or even offering remedial instruction. There are community colleges for solving those problems.

    • ThomasER916

      English is a white language.

      Everything explicitly white is under attack. Those are the new rules set forth by the Bolsheviks.

  • MarcB1969

    Any gulf that can be created in the ragtag leftist coalition is beneficial. Even if it does not wake up educated Whites to the burdens of Cultural Marxism, it still subjects them to the conundrum of having to over-analyze their speech and actions, and that is an uncomfortable intellectual strait-jacket for them to wear daily.

  • Bergeron

    Take it. I’ve got more.

  • ThomasER916

    Ask Noel Ignatiev, Tim Wise, $PLC, ADL Gloria Steinem, or George Soros. They are crypto-whites.

  • ThomasER916

    They support this mass immigration. Look up Barbara Specter, “The Culture of Critique”, or Kevin Miliband (his KGB funded father Ed Miliband) and mass immigration. They support this destruction in all Western nations and now they’re having a difficult time fighting against their double-speak when trying to defend Israel.

  • mrcan

    Didn’t Saturday Night Live satirize this nonsense 30 years ago!

  • obot

    Those idiots should be expelled for embarrassing the school. In a just world, they would have never been accepted into an institute of higher learning.