March 4, 2021

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Woke teachers want Shakespeare cut from curriculum: ‘This is about White supremacy’

The crown teachers once put on William Shakespeare now lies uneasy upon his
head as the English playwright comes under assault from teachers who fault
his unwoke attitudes regarding race, sexuality, gender and class.

For the new breed of teachers, Shakespeare is seen less as an icon of
literature and more as a tool of imperial oppression, an author who should
be dissected in class or banished from the curriculum entirely.

“This is about white supremacy and colonization,'' declared the teachers who
founded #DisruptTexts, a group that wants staples of Western literature
removed or subjected to withering criticism.

The anti-Shakespeare teachers say fans of the plays ignore the author's
problematic worldview. They say readers of Shakespeare should be required to
address the “whiteness'' of their thinking.

If Shakespeare must be taught, these educators say, then it should be
presented with watered-down versions of the original or supplemental texts
focused on equality issues.  [...]