Swain Joins the Ingraham Angle to Discuss the Lowering of Grammar Standards for College Students of Color


Dr. Carol M. Swain appeared on Fox News Channel’s The Ingraham Angle with Laura Ingraham on Friday to discuss the lowering of traditional grammar standards for college students of color.

(George W. Bush clip plays)

Instead of separate but equal there is separate and forgotten. I will confront another former bias. The soft bigotry of low expectations. No child in America should be segregated by lower expectations. In prison by illiteracy abandon to frustration and the darkness of self-doubt.

Ingraham: Now unfortunately we are seeing that so-called soft bigotry at Rutgers University. The New Jersey college recently announces that it will emphasize the use of traditional grammar in its attempt to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

The university claims it will empower students to push against biases based on written accents. Is that so? Joining me now is Carol Swain. Author and former professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt University. Carol, I am speechless. It takes me a lot to get me speechless. They are basically telling students of color that I guess they cannot grasp the language or that the language itself is somehow racist?

Swain: Laura, it’s even worse than that because Black Lives Matter and Black people that claim to be activists are the ones who are really pushing for lower standards for Black students. And if you think about critical race theory the assumption is that if you are White you are privileged and that racism is permanent.

That Whites have to divest themselves of whiteness. But behind all of that is White superiority that Black people are pushing. And so what they are saying is that Black people can’t learn the same way as other groups so they have to have this special treatment.

And when I went to college, I started in the 70s and I was in graduate school in the 1980s we were given an equal opportunity. We were admitted to colleges and universities and we had to do the work. You had to qualify. You got an opportunity to be there but once you were there you had to meet the same standards as everyone else.

It was either sink or drown or whatever the expression is. But you had to do the work. So to me, it’s so demeaning that these Black young people today who are more privileged and that have not really had to go through real systemic racism they are complaining the loudest and they are getting cheated out of quality education.

Ingraham: Unless you think this is some line of thinking Dr. Swain that it’s confined to one college, this is what an Arizona State University (ASU) professor said just last year.

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Even if we are a person of color we are still a part of that machine that White supremacist machine. And we likely got there because we were able to mimic enough of the languaging practices to be able to proceed and succeed. It doesn’t’ make it right.

Ingraham:  Languaging practices. OK. Carol.

Swain: I can tell you starting with the election of President Obama we saw the racism on campus increase but the racism had taken a new form. And I would say that when they talk about anti-racism that what they are really doing is promoting racism. They are promoting racism against White students.

Students that they deem as privileged because they came from two-parent families. But the racism that comes from lowered standards, those Black young people that they are not requiring to learn standard English are not going to be prepared to function the way they should in our society. No wonder they are angry. No wonder they are trying to burn down everything.

Ingraham: Dr. Swain it’s always wonderful to see you. Come back soon, please.

Swain: Thank you.

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10 Thoughts to “Swain Joins the Ingraham Angle to Discuss the Lowering of Grammar Standards for College Students of Color”

  1. Fran Armstrong

    If I were Black, I would be highly insulted! Whites go to the same schools and are taught by the same teachers. If they choose to use bad grammar, that’s up to them but it will have an effect when they go looking for a job. To say that there should be two standards of education is ludicrous.

  2. Douglas Deckner

    I just happened to be reading, Screwtape Proposes A Toast, by C.S. Lewis. When Rutgers came out with their statement, it almost knocked me out of my chair. This is exactly what Lewis was writing about. The dumbing down of everyone so none would feel superior. It is the Democratic thing to do, isn’t it? It is almost as if C.S. Lewis wrote that this week or the latest, last week. He talks about the slower or ignorant students being separated and allowed to play with mud and calling it, MODELING.

  3. Nevermoind

    Rewarding ignorance means we’ll get more of it. Rewarding insanity means we’ll more of it. I predict Rutgers will go out of business if it does crap like this. Do you want your child to sound ghetto? No good employment opportunities there.

  4. Julian

    The bigotry of low expectations is no different than the bigotry that legitimized slavery by saying that the Black man wasn’t capable of reading or controlling his sensual urges. They are the same thing.
    The Democratic party was the party of slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation, separate but equal and the kKk. It today is still the party those same things but with a slightly different cast playing the same roles.
    Blacks now advocate, separate but equal, Blacks now are the advocates of Black Supremacy. White Liberals now preach that Blacks can’t live up to the same standards that everyone else must meet. Muslims are the advocates for racial discrimination and are the new hate group who wear masks and preach slavery.
    It’s the same song but with different band members. Racism repackaged and under different management serving the same slop.

  5. Paul Donohue

    It’s not just lower income schools. My children went to predominantly white schools. In 3rd grade my daughter received an A+ on an essay. It was full of errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling. When I pointed them out she told me that they were encouraged to focus on their ideas and ignore the rest. Years later, when she was working on a masters degree in education, she thanked me for teaching her those valuable tools. She was stunned at how many practicing teachers had no grasp of those important tools.

  6. Phenry

    that’s democrats, still treating blacks like they aren’t equal. this goes all the way back to when they lost them as their property, tried to keep them separate with jim crow laws, litmus tests, etc… then lured them onto democrat welfare plantations and fed them with the victimhood mentality… they keep them perpetually down by treating them like broken retarded children that cannot operate on a level playing field with everyone else… so the world views them as unequal, meanwhile keeping them agitated with their false claims of racism that is only pouring out of their own party.

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  7. Van Kleiner

    Affirmative Action was struck down because it was racist and if this is implemented, it too will be struck down for the same reason.

  8. wwj745

    Rutgers is so racist and bigoted they do not believe “people of color” can learn grammer. Pathetic.

  9. 83ragtop50

    Entry requirements and other standards have been lowered for minorities for years and years. It is just continuing a downward spiral. Not unlike public elementary and secondary schools.