Cornell English Department: Calling the English Dept. the English Dept. Is Racist | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Cornell English Department: Calling the English Dept. the English Dept. Is Racist

The term “English Department” might give students the idea that English literature was invented by the English, which would mean that some people’s ancestors accomplished things that other people’s ancestors did not, which cannot be true.

The term “Department of Literatures in English” demonstrates that African-American literature owes no debts to English literature. They just are literatures that happen to be in English. It’s not like African-American writers have been influenced by, say, the King James Bible.

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