The English department of a major university is feeling some heat after forcing any new grad school applicant to study black literature and slamming its own activities as “rationalizations for colonization, exploitation, extraction and anti-Blackness.”
In a tantrum of virtue-signaling, the University of Chicago’s English Department announced that it will only accept graduate school applicants interested in “working in and with Black studies” for its 2020-2021 cycle.
The move has been met with a firestorm of anger, scorn and hate mail.
In July, the department announced on its website a commitment to the “struggle of Black and indigenous people, and all racialized and dispossessed people, against inequality and brutality.”
English as a subject, the department says, has provided “aesthetic rationalizations for colonization, exploitation, extraction and anti-Blackness”.
Coming amidst racial unrest and protests, the decision sparked backlash and accusations of blatant racism on social media.
“Blatant racism at the University of Chicago…You want to study White literature? Sorry. Univ of Chicago tells you to go _ yourself. They don’t want your White Privilege at their school,” one Twitter user said.
“Sounds like indoctrination, not education,” another Twitter user added.
One staffer revealed they received “vile” hate mail due to the focus on black studies.
The University attempted to explain the move by saying the COVID-19 pandemic was the reason for reduced openings for grad students, and that the media-driven movement for justice for blacks made it limit scholarships to those with a focus on Black studies.