There is open racism being spouted around the world, a good chunk of it out the lips of leftists who conceive of themselves as social justice warriors, progressive champions of the oppressed, or other such blather.
To them, black people (or any other designated group they are trying to “help”) are simply incapable of meeting the same standards as whites (or Asians, who are usually accorded by the left the same status that Apartheid-era South Africa accorded them when visiting from overseas trade partners: honorary whites).
Consider Mona Chalabi, an editor of the iconic leftwing British newspaper, The Guardian, who believes that having good grammar and correcting others is racist, an expression of “white privilege.”
“Grammar snobs are patronizing, pretentious, and just plain wrong,” claims Mona Chalabi, before touching on how rules and standards for the use of language tend to evolve over time.
Well, who knew I was a “grammar snob”? I am certainly NOT pretentious, Ms. Chalabi. I just prefer to write and edit based on the rules of good grammar. Personally, I like editing and I don’t consider it a racist thing at all!
I mean consider this paragraph from Ms. Chalabi:
“It doesn’t take much to see the power imbalance when it comes to grammar snobbery. The people pointing out he mistakes are more likely to be older, wealthier, whiter, or just plain academic than the people they’re treating with condescension. All too often, it’s a way to silence people, and that’s particularly offensive when it’s someone who might already be struggling to speak up,” concludes Chalabi.
So from your argument Ms. Chalabi, it is ‘racist’ of me to point out the incorrect grammar of the word ‘he’ should be ‘the’. I’m sorry, but that’s not being a racist; it is just poor editing. You ARE an editor, right? Sorry for pointing that out. I did not correct the grammatical error in any racist way. That’s just advising you on good grammar. Forgive me, but it’s the business we’re in. If that makes me a “grammar snob” in your words, well then so be it.
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