A recent internal audit led the University of Salford in Manchester to remove sonnets from some of literature’s greatest minds for being a product of whiteness. The university claimed it was an important step in fighting oppression.
They also went on to slam sonnets and traditional literary forms as “being products of white western culture.”
Instead, they hope to incorporate literary works that move away from lines. This includes works that use poor sentence and grammar structure, since, according to the university, “particular contemporary punctuation might be traced back to those who are Westernly white.”
This isn’t the first time that revered literary artists have been censored for their skin color. Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, and Benjamin Franklin are just a few of the many great minds to get canceled.
Not even William Shakespeare is immune, although efforts to cancel him have faced severe backlash.
Other higher-education institutions, including those closer to home, are adopting similar policies and ideologies. Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis recently hosted an event in which diversity of thought was labeled “white supremacist excrement.”
A professor from the University of California, Berkeley was quoted as saying “There is no virtue in whiteness, it is inherently violent.”
University students are also calling for the removal of works from white artists.
Students from University College London went as far as demanding that Plato and Descartes be removed from the syllabus while insisting that the majority of philosophers in their courses should be from Africa and Asia.
There is growing concern over the potential censorship and policies that may stem from such drastic measures.
“It seems that if sonnets should be sacked because white people perpetrated them, there is much, much more to be removed from our increasingly-enlightened world,” said Alex Parker at RedState.