William Shakespeare, thou hast been getting canceled.
An growing variety of woke teachers are refusing to check the Bard — accusing his traditional works of selling “misogyny, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, and misogynoir.”
A slew of English literature teachers instructed the College Library Journal (SLJ) how they have been ditching the likes of “Hamlet,” “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet” to as an alternative “make room for contemporary, numerous, and inclusive voices.”
“Shakespeare was a software used to ‘civilize’ Black and brown folks in England’s empire,” insisted Shakespeare scholar Ayanna Thompson, a professor of English at Arizona State College.
Teachers additionally must “problem the whiteness” of the idea that Shakespeare’s works are “common,” insisted Jeffrey Austin, who’s head of a Michigan highschool’s English literature division.
Former Washington state public faculty instructor Claire Bruncke instructed SLJ she banished the Bard from her classroom to “stray from centering the narrative of white, cisgender, heterosexual males.”
“Eliminating Shakespeare was a step I may simply take to work towards that. And it proved worthwhile for my college students,” she insisted.
Different teachers stated they have been sticking with Shakespeare, however reframing his works by a extra trendy lens.
Sarah Mulhern Gross, an English instructor at Excessive Expertise Excessive College in Lincroft, NJ, stated she was instructing “Romeo and Juliet” “with a facet of poisonous masculinity evaluation.”
In her SLJ article, “To Educate or Not To Educate,” librarian Amanda MacGregor acknowledged the Bard as a “genius wordsmith” accountable for “masterful wordplay, artistic use of language, biting wit, puns, and revolutionary characters.”
Nonetheless, she understood why so lots of the teachers have been “grappling” and finally “abandoning Shakespeare’s work.”
“Shakespeare’s works are filled with problematic, outdated concepts, with loads of misogyny, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, and misogynoir,” MacGregor wrote, with the ultimate phrase which means misogyny aimed toward black ladies.