"Woke" Teacher Group Calls For Shakespeare To Be Cancelled (jonathanturley.org)

While the House managers were quoting Shakespeare in their case against President Donald Trump last week, it appears that the Bard may soon be less known than “Poor Yorick” who we once knew so well. There is a growing campaign by teachers to drop Shakespeare and other Western literature from classes. One group, #DisruptTexts, insists “This is about White supremacy and colonization.” Lorena German, National Council of Teachers of English Anti-Racism Committee chair and a co-founder of the Disrupt Texts forum, insisted “everything about the fact that he was a man of his time is problematic about his plays. We cannot teach Shakespeare responsibly and not disrupt the ways people are characterized and developed.”

We previously discussed how the portrait of William Shakespeare was removed at the University of Pennsylvania’s English Department as a statement for greater racial sensitivity and diversity. Students are increasingly being deprived of such foundational classics as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth,” “King Lear” or Richard III. These are works that are not only masterpieces but shaped generations of later works and continue to be referenced in modern writing.  Yet, this is a movement that has been building since 1987 when Jesse Jackson led Stanford undergraduates chanting, “Hey, ho, Western Civ has got to go!”

Amanda McGregor, a Minnesota-based librarian wrote in the January issue of School library journal  that “Shakespeare’s work is full of problematic and outdated ideas, lots of misogyny, racism, homophobia, class discrimination, anti-Semitism, misogyny”

German insisted that Shakespeare “is not ‘universal’ in a way that other authors are not. He is not more ‘timeless’ than anyone else.” Some teachers advocating replacing Shakespeare with such works as “Hunger Games.”

Shakespeare could have seen his coming when he wrote in As You Like It that “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” However, the exiting of Shakespeare will come at a terrible cost for our students. While Shakespeare appears the new rallying cry for woke teachers, he is “a man more sinned against than sinning.”  If he is stripped away from our reading lists, our students will be the poorer for it…..[     ]

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Rudi Mentary
10 months ago

I think this white supremacy crap is going to backfire on them spectacularly. If you’re automatically a racist for being white, there is absolutely no reason to play nice, especially if you’re a white kid. Why not embrace being a racist? 

11 months ago

Wasn’t Shakespeare really a black trans? No white cis male could conceivably have produced work of such genius. 

11 months ago

By this logic, history itself is outdated and should be cancelled. 

11 months ago

I say just shut down all public schools. That would end all issues of educational racism.

11 months ago

King James Bible is next.

Butt Head
11 months ago

Well there goes half of the future Jeopardy categories…

11 months ago

The irony of book burning escapes these people.

11 months ago

Erich Fromm observed: “The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”

11 months ago

to cancel or not to cancel….what was the question?

11 months ago

I guess Romeo and Juliet could be replaced with the more wholesome tale of Mohammed and Aisha. The story of a man over 50 being betrothed a 6 year and consummating the marriage at 9. I mean, it’s much less misogynistic than Romeo and Juliet. 

Let’s be diverse about it.

Uncle Chubby
11 months ago

If Nicole Simpson had read Othello in high school instead of impulsive, low-IQ football players, she might be alive today.

11 months ago

Idiocracy is real

11 months ago

Shakespeare Woke version:

by Shakur

What light through 
yonder window breaks?
I’m from Marcy, 
I’m varsity,
you is who?

11 months ago

Their IQs can’t handle Dr Suess, much less Shakespeare.

11 months ago


1960: In 60 years, cars will fly
2020: Syrup is racist

11 months ago

Another dead white guy that the woke cancel crowd is determined to annihilate with their fascist progressive agenda aimed at brainwashing Americans.

11 months ago

Everything that requires education and intelligence is considered white supremacy.

11 months ago

These teachers and librarians should be canceled. Shakespeare’s works are pivotal and foundational points of literature. They are still relevant today because they talk about basic human conditions such as: greed, lust, hate, revenge, love, and yes, stupidity. Just like these people. They could learn something if they can remove their woke mindedness.

Search This
11 months ago

A Movement that Aims to Teach Myth as History.

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11 months ago

White children are being taught to hate themselves because of their race. White Americans are truly sheep being sheared daily by Afrocentrism.



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