Hat tip Campus Reform
A Sacramento teacher says she won't teach Shakespeare because he is white.
First of all, teachers are supposed to teach according to established curricula and lesson plans.
Secondly, if Shakespeare is not worthy of her students' attention because he is white, then why should this teacher's students pay any attention to her since she is also white?
This is not to suggest that African literature has no value. When I was researching my book on Papiamentu, the creole language of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire, I learned about the African trickster tales involving the trickster spider, Anansi. These oral stories were transported to the Americas during slavery and survived, in one case evolving into the Brer Rabbit tales that were written about by Joel Chandler Harris in the Uncle Remus tales. Harris, who was white, had heard these stories from black farmhands in the post Civil War years in Georgia when he was a boy. Sadly, political correctness in the 1960s judged them to be "racist" and an important part of our literary history disappeared.
But I digress. Shakespeare is important because of his contributions to the development of English. If this teacher doesn't recognize that, she is in the wrong profession. What this is is just another example of the silly demonization of white people in the name of political correctness. It is not only silly, but divisive.