Do you know who is largely represented in classic English literature? Unsurprisingly, it’s English writers. Do you know what race classic English authors typically were?
Granted, there are many, many other great writers from different cultures and they are worth reading, exploring and discussing. However, if you’re an English major, you’re likely going to be running into Anglo-Saxon authors quite a bit.
That is coming as startling news, however, to the supposed geniuses at Yale. Special snowflakes of the English department have submitted a demand to be excused from having to learn about English literature from those oh-so-vile honkies like Shakespeare, Milton and Chaucer.
Yale undergrads have submitted a petition to the English Department demanding to be excused from having to take the mandatory two-term seminar course for Major English Poets because- you guessed it- the authors are white.
The petition claims that “a year spent around a seminar table where the literary contributions of women, people of color, and queer folk are absent actively harms all students, regardless of their identity.”
Wait- I thought the homosexuals had already appropriated Shakespeare. Which is it?
The central premise behind the petition seems to be that these old, stuffy white guys cannot adequately represent the culturally-adrift lost souls that comprise today’s youth.
In true “progressive” fashion, these mindless robots seem thoroughly willing to dismiss foundational understandings as obsolete and irrelevant while simultaneously embracing obscene nihilism and academic relativism as suitable replacements for the classics.
Then again, their crusade makes perfect sense when viewed within the larger context of the leftist agenda; liberals do not seek to “progress” as a society, but seek to replace historical understandings and subvert traditional teachings and the lessons they offer.
If the radicalized left is successful, we may find ourselves even more lost as a society than ever before.