Correcting grammatical errors is typically a function of a racial “power imbalance” used to silence minorities who a “struggling” to have their voices heard, according to a journalist at communist bastion The Guardian.
“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.
Chalabi then advances the neo-Marxist narrative of power discrepancies between groups, casting “older, wealthier, whiter” persons as neo-Kulaks. Those with poorer grammar, it is implied, belong to a neo-proletariat in need of benevolent protection from enlightened bourgeois socialites such as journalists employed by The Guardian.
“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.
Judging by her recent work, it appears that Chalabi fancies herself well-informed on American politics. She operates as a go-to source for news and analysis about the 2016 presidential election for The Guardian’s readership.
Currently working on a documentary entitled “Is Britain Racist?”, Chalabi is investigating today’s most pressing issues facing the U.K.
And the last place that we need grammar snobbery is in social justice movements.
And not just because getting hung up on the correct use of homonyms or subject-predicate agreement is distracting to the job at hand, but also because purporting one form of English as elite is inherently oppressive.…it’s important to note that any time we create a hierarchy by positioning one thing as “better” than another, we’re being oppressive.
As educated (and – okay – snarky) activists, we’re quick to respond to “According to the dictionary” arguments with “Who wrote the dictionary, though?”
We understand that a reference guide created by a white supremacist, heteropatriarchal system does nothing but uphold that status quo.
Similarly, we have to use that line of thinking when talking about the English language: Who created the rules? And who benefits from them?
If you were lucky enough to have parents around who read to you, to go to a Head Start program, to finish school, to go to college, to have enough time and passion to read books for pleasure, that’s fantastic.
But in the words of the late, great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: “All [semi-colons] do is show you’ve been to college.”
It was a privilege. And you can’t lose sight of that….that the use of “standard” English is considered a very white attribute.
To people who aren’t white, there’s such a thing as “sounding white.”
But that’s not racist (saying it ‘Sounds White’ as opposed to ‘Sounds Black/Hispanic which is racist) 🙂
But hears something to agree to (sort of): The truth of the matter is that some people experience an affected ability to receive and process information, which creates unique challenges to the learning process that cannot be waved away with a snobby “atrocious grammar” comment.
Naw, that the mental disorder known as LIBERALISM. It’s infectious. It’s Destructive.It will rot your mind into goo. It can get you killed.
Now that’s a problem worth expounding on. 🙂