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Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

To the list of things that doctrinaire advocates of “diversity” and “tolerance” just can't tolerate, add proper use of the English language.

A University of California at Los Angeles professor is in hot water for having the temerity to correct “the grammar, punctuation and capitalization in minority students' assignments,” The Daily Caller reports.

A student group dubbed Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color maintains that Val Rust, a professor of education and information, was motivated by ideology when he told one minority student that “indigenous” should not be capitalized. The group further expressed its displeasure with Mr. Rust's “micro-aggression” by staging a sit-in during one of his subsequent classes.

“(The) barrage of questions by white colleagues and the grammar ‘lessons' by the professor have contributed to a hostile class climate,” the group stated.

Rust told his education-faculty colleagues he meant no offense. But, sadly, he's wrongly accepting undeserved blame, saying he probably offended the group earlier by not taking the side of a minority student who told a white female student she has no right to feel oppressed.

In truth, it's Rust who's oppressed — by upside-down, leftist-influenced thinking that uses bogus claims of racism to excuse what, by any objective standard, is simply incorrect use of English. And it's past time that such excuses stop being made at UCLA — or any other institution of higher education.

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