Outrageous Yale Students: Studying White, Male Writers Creates 'Hostile Culture'
A petition from students at Yale University calls on the English department to "decolonize" the curriculum by dropping required "Major English Poets" courses.
The petition says that teaching the works of white, male poets like Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton and William Wordsworth "creates a culture that is hostile to students of color."
"It is your responsibility as educators to listen to student voices. We have spoken. We are speaking. Pay attention," the petition says.
On "Fox and Friends Weekend," Aryssa Damron, a Yale student who just took the "Major English Poets" courses, said she is outraged by the petition.
"If they're that worried about Shakespeare being white, then they're not really engaging with the texts to begin with," Damron said.
She pointed out that Yale has some of the most diverse English major offerings, including a course called "Race and Gender in American Literature," which was the most popular English course last year.
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