Cambridge University agrees to Decolonise the Curriculum

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They could have just kept the white authors, but also include the Black authors. Maybe I am unreasonable lol -.-
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Makes sense tbf
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"Cambridge has encouraged a ‘traditional’ and ‘canonical’ approach that elevates white male authors" - the SJWs are at it again pushing their agenda.
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Why not just pick the best and most suited writers, regardless of race?
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Cambridge University’s English Literature professors will be forced to replace white authors with black writers, under new proposals put forward by academic staff following student demands to “decolonise” the curriculum.
For the first time, lecturers and tutors will have to “ensure the presence” of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) writers on their course, under plans discussed by the English Faculty’s Teaching Forum.
The move follows an open letter, penned by Lola Olufemi, Cambridge University Student Union’s women’s officer and signed by over 100 students, titled “Decolonising the English Faculty”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...onise-english/
I mean there were plenty of white people who fought against many, many injustices. Why not include them???
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Lola Olufemi, Cambridge University Student Union’s women’s officer
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If white people did this it would be called racist. To me it's black fascism and has no place in any part of our society.

Let's ban Mark Twain because he uses the n word. Let's replace all of Shakespeare's works with the black equivalent....except there isn't one.

Common sense should prevail. Every time a black person opens their mouth and complains it is not mandatory to do what they want. If the only benefit is keeping black people happy then there is no real benefit.
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If white people did this it would be called racist. To me it's black fascism and has no place in any part of our society.

Let's ban Mark Twain because he uses the n word. Let's replace all of Shakespeare's works with the black equivalent....except there isn't one.

Common sense should prevail. Every time a black person opens their mouth and complains it is not mandatory to do what they want. If the only benefit is keeping black people happy then there is no real benefit.
Correcting a historical injustice and predominance of authors who write from a particular socio-economic point of view is not the same as being racist to white people.
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Correcting a historical injustice and predominance of authors who write from a particular socio-economic point of view is not the same as being racist to white people.
It is if you can't find black authors from the same era who have the same literary abilities. You could not simply replace a white author from the 16 century with one from the 20th century. You can't re-write history because it does not conform to certain people's 21st-century views.
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It is if you can't find black authors from the same era who have the same literary abilities. You could not simply replace a white author from the 16 century with one from the 20th century. You can't re-write history because it does not conform to certain people's 21st-century views.
And what's makes you assume there are no credible black authors who are also from the 16th century with the same literacy abilities or even far back that deserve a place on the curriculum. This is the issue.
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They could have just kept the white authors, but also include the Black authors. Maybe I am unreasonable lol -.-
That is what is proposed. The journalist starts using the word "replace", then goes on to say that there must be a "presence" before saying that the university deny white authors will be replaced by black.

Not that this will stop some suggesting that white culture is being eroded away etc etc blah blah
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Well, a careful read of the article says they will NOT be excluding or removing White Authors. But if there were going to shrink the list or remove authors, I would agree with you-expand the classroom, not shrink it, make it more diverse in its offerings-include more on the reading list or recommended list or lists to be examined from, allowing a broader selection, because there are some great authors of some great works, regardless to their ethnicity/race (although I'm 100% in favor of making sure BME writers are not MIA)

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They could have just kept the white authors, but also include the Black authors. Maybe I am unreasonable lol -.-
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Apologies, but Cambridge is specifically denying that any White authors will be removed, rather-the list will be expanded to include a better representation of BME.

(Original post by FriendlyPenguin)
Cambridge University’s English Literature professors will be forced to replace white authors with black writers, under new proposals put forward by academic staff following student demands to “decolonise” the curriculum.

For the first time, lecturers and tutors will have to “ensure the presence” of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) writers on their course, under plans discussed by the English Faculty’s Teaching Forum.

The move follows an open letter, penned by Lola Olufemi, Cambridge University Student Union’s women’s officer and signed by over 100 students, titled “Decolonising the English Faculty”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...onise-english/
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Very well said, and very true. From the ancient writings carved into rock and in papyrus from Ancient Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and elsewhere, to the legends and stories-some of which were in fact written down hundreds of years before the 16th century, to authors in Japan, China-and all over the world-outside of Europe. Moreover, Alexandre Dumas-and his works-easily qualify as classics for inclusion, as would the works of Alexander Pushkin, whose contributions to Russian Language and writing are impeccable.


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And what's makes you assume there are no credible black authors who are also from the 16th century with the same literacy abilities or even far back that deserve a place on the curriculum. This is the issue.
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****ing SJWs...
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The paper they are going on about is this one:-

"Paper 10. Postcolonial and related literature

The scope of the paper is, subject to the following qualifications, literature in English outside the British Isles and the United States of America. It includes expatriate nationals publishing in those countries (e.g. Rushdie, d’Aguiar, Lessing). Comparative and incidental reference to British, Irish, American, and foreign language texts is welcome but should not form the greater part of any single answer. Answering on texts in translation is permitted but should not constitute the greater part of answers to the paper as a whole.

The paper will be divided into two sections. Section A will consist of passages for comment; Section B will consist of essay questions, enabling comparison between texts from different regions."


The subject matter seems to bear little relation to the paper title.Kipling, Paul Scott, Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood and Thomas Keneally does not a black studies course make.
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Heil mein SJW overlords, supreme judges of equality, defenders of sexism, haters of men.
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(Original post by FriendlyPenguin)
Cambridge University’s English Literature professors will be forced to replace white authors with black writers, under new proposals put forward by academic staff following student demands to “decolonise” the curriculum.

For the first time, lecturers and tutors will have to “ensure the presence” of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) writers on their course, under plans discussed by the English Faculty’s Teaching Forum.

The move follows an open letter, penned by Lola Olufemi, Cambridge University Student Union’s women’s officer and signed by over 100 students, titled “Decolonising the English Faculty”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...onise-english/
Signed by over 100 at a university of nearly 20,000 good to see students respect democratic processes
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Cambridge University’s English Literature professors will be forced to replace white authors with black writers, under new proposals put forward by academic staff following student demands to “decolonise” the curriculum.
No they won't.

Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a teaching fellow of Churchill college and member of the forum, with a specialist interest in postcolonial literature and theory, said no white writers would be affected by the proposed changes.
Broadening the syllabus means putting different writers and texts in conversation with each other, not ‘downgrading’ or even eliminating a single writer. It’s a request, as I understand it, for more representation of ethnic minority and postcolonial writers but for the purposes of thinking about these works alongside the existing texts.”

https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...glish-syllabus
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