Students described spelling corrections on their dissertation proposals as "micro-aggression."
Nothing says white privilege like correct spelling.
And who is to say what the correct spelling of a word should be? Why privilege the Euro-centric model of linguistic integrity over a multi-dimensional approach that takes in the voices of everyone and respects their spelling choices?
What about Native American trans-women of color in wheelchairs who refuse to spell to protest the historic injustices against their people?
Student demonstrators alleged that there is a “toxic” racial climate in the graduate school, including in Rust’s classroom.
Rust said students in the demonstration described grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals as a form of "micro-aggression."
"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, and these students apparently don't feel that is appropriate," Rust said in the letter.
I recall a lot of acts of micro-aggression by my teachers. I had no idea that spelling corrections were really acts of war.
Now these are grad students, working on computers that have spell check built in, making spelling errors that are egregious enough to require constant corrections.
He said the protesters were also responding to a conversation in class between two students about critical race theory that he allowed to take place by not stopping the discussion.
The demonstration’s organizers said they are aware of several examples in the graduate school where minority students claimed they faced challenges and “micro-aggressions” from professors.
Nora Cisneros, a graduate student who participated in the sit-in, said the group chose to hold their protest because they feel Rust’s class does not encourage a climate where students of color can discuss issues of race openly.
Inability to discuss issues of race openly is PC code for someone disagreeing with the contention that all white people are racist. Rust is being targeted because he apparently allowed someone, presumably white, to disagree.
Now the radicals, who are doing the same thing that California students have been doing for a while, will pressure UCLA to hire some of their fellow radicals for top positions.
Meanwhile UC will refuse to address Muslim Anti-Semitism and harassment on campus. Because that form of bigotry is politically correct.