Yale Students Demand English Department Stop TEACHING WHITE MALE POETS

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Students at Yale are angry that the study of English requires reading the work of old white male poets. Apparently, no one has told them that it’s impossible to avoid white people when you’re studying English literature.

Reason reported:

Yale Students Tell English Profs to Stop Teaching English: Too Many White Male Poets

Some Yale University students are demanding changes to the English Department curriculum: specifically, they don’t think it should feature so many English poets who were straight, white, wealthy, and male.

“It is your responsibility as educators to listen to student voices,” the students wrote in a petition to the faculty. “We have spoken. We are speaking. Pay attention.”

The “Major English Poets” sequence, a mandatory two-course commitment for English majors, is particularly problematic, according to the students. These classes cover Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Wordsworth, and T.S. Eliot. It’s not the most diverse line up, to be sure, but it’s the one that best reflects history the way it actually happened. Inarguably, these are the most influential poets in the English language.

But students think this sequence “creates a culture that is hostile to students of color.” They write:

When students are made to feel so alienated that they get up and leave the room, or get up and leave the major, something is wrong. The English department loses out when talented students engaged in literary and cultural analysis are driven away from the major. Students who continue on after taking the introductory sequence are ill-prepared to take higher-level courses relating to race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability, or even to engage with critical theory or secondary scholarship. We ask that Major English Poets be abolished, and that the pre-1800/1900 requirements be refocused to deliberately include literatures relating to gender, race, sexuality, ableism, and ethnicity.

It’s time for the English major to decolonize — not diversify — its course offerings. A 21st century education is a diverse education: we write to you today inspired by student activism across the university, and to make sure that you know that the English department is not immune from the collective call to action.

Is anyone else getting tired of college students who think they’re smarter than everyone, including their professors?

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      • Cornbread_Noah says

        Eddie Murphy caused it…

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        Watchdog barking – Do he bite?

        Kill my landlord, kill my landlord.

        Slip in his window,

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        My land – lord …

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  2. oldguy says

    These morons in school are not worthy to study the masters or listen to a Beethoven symphony. They should not be allowed to do so as they are the real infidels.

  3. uncommonsense2010 says

    Blacks and gays are destructive to this country. BUT our controllers are already smarter than you’d think. ALL OF THIS IS A COVERT MIND TRICK. By letting these retards make all these demands they’re learning how behave in ways no one will hire them. They’re not learning how to make use of the things they’re taught.

    Blacks are actually complaining that they want grades below a C removed and claim their activism gets in the way of their studies.

    What we’re seeing we’re creating groups of people who will be of no interest or no use to employers as they’ll come in being so impossible to deal with they get fired. THEN they’re stuck with student debt as punishment for their narcissism.

    But that’s ok. Some, only a rare few will become activists and leaders, most were followers and the followers are the ones who are paying the greatest price. Things like this make these students avoid class or feel angry while attending classes so they don’t learn the lessons and can’t gain anything from it.

    This prevents them from going THROUGH school, getting higher degrees only to get higher positions of power where they THEN turn loose their narcissistic ways upon the land and start to influence greater numbers of people.

    Let’s say one of these lunatics actually stuck with it, then got a job with a major literary press. Then he / she / it starts a movement against white authors and starts bringing in authors of other classes and THEN there’s enough books in print to become text books and we lose the old white poets.

    College is where we want these people to fuck up their own lives before they fuck up the world. so this is good.

    This is why we want blacks focused on black lives matter etc so they can be so distracted and angry they flunk out. Otherwise you get them growing up to be mayors, congressmen and politicians and they REALLY fuck things up once they have these degrees.

    This is good.

    • Truth and reason says

      That’s a good delusional way to convince yourself of this insanity I supposed but its not true. There is no hidden plot like this. Its as bad and probably worse than it appears. The racist agenda against whites is real, its not a sneaky trick to destroy the black provocateurs unfortunately. The way you are reasoning is the way a person overwhelmed by hostile insanity thinks, its a safety net to keep your hopes up.
      Unfortunately, this is fiction and the enemies are not headed for a trap as you imply.

  4. Judy Mothers says

    Great. Maybe teach ghetto poetry:

    She made her way across the park

    On the bench sat a pretty little lark

    Chirping and singing away

    It was a clear and sunny day

    Couples walking hand in hand

    Children playing in the sand

    The next moment she was dead

    With a gunshot wound to her head.

  5. Truth and reason says

    Its going to be a little hard to dig up English poets from Sub Saharan Africa, a region that not only spoke no Indo-European languages like English, but didn’t even have a written language. Good look luck with that blackies.

  6. Cornbread_Noah says

    It’s your responsibility as a student, to sit down, shut up, learn what you’re taught and try to be something other than a sniveling, worthless, self entitled racist sack of horse manure.

    If it were my class, I’d grab you by your backside and launch you out a window and ask who’s next…dirtbag.

  7. Screwhead22 says

    “It is your responsibility as educators to listen to student voices”.

    No. Their responsibility is to teach you morons things that will be useful to you in leading productive lives.
    Your social justice nonsense isn’t going to help you get a job in the real world.
    GROW UP!

  8. nodhimmi says

    What fools these mortals be! I majored in English and it was required we learn about the bard and white male poets as English is the language said plays poems were written in

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