Cambridge University took cancel culture to an entirely new level as it now teaches its students that the Anglo-Saxons never existed. This travesty is being taught in an attempt to be “anti-racist” and discourage nationalist “myths.”
Denying the historical existence of the English people, in this twisted logic, somehow escapes the label of “racist.”
And interestingly, it is the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC) at the university which is perpetuating this nonsense. It is deconstructing the very basis of its own existence as a department at Cambridge.
In a bid to promote anti-racism and undermine the "myths of nationalism", Cambridge is teaching students that Anglo-Saxons "did not exist". Just imagine a university saying the same thing about, say, Aboriginal Australians, Maoris or Native Americans. https://t.co/zMOZmd4NGo
— Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) June 3, 2023
Professors now instruct young minds that the concept of an Anglo-Saxon ethnic group is a racist construct that underpins British nationalism. And the concept of the British as a historical people must be avoided at all costs as Europe is invaded by migrants from all over the globe.
Specifically, the department cited its purpose as confronting “recent concerns over the use of the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ and its perceived connection to ethnic/racial English identity.”
There is an ongoing effort, especially in woke academia, to smear the term as racist and toxic. Indeed, the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists four years ago changed its name to the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England.
It gave its motivation as “the problematic connotations that are widely associated with the term ‘Anglo-Saxon.’”
Controversy erupted when Canadian scholar Dr. Mary Rambaran-Olm quit the organization over the connection of Anglo-Saxon history with “inherent Whiteness.”
She further claimed that the “Anglo-Saxon myth perpetuates a false idea of what it means to be ‘native’ to Britain.”
As could be expected, many in Britain did not take kindly to attempts to erase their cultural history. Commentator Paul Embery wrote, “Just imagine a university saying the same thing about, say, Aboriginal Australians, Maoris or Native Americans.”
This travesty even spilled over into the sports world, where the Rugby Football Union two years ago rejected the team name “Saxons” for one of the top English clubs. They are now simply “England A” in an effort “to reflect the diversity in society.”
Cambridge should be ashamed of itself. There is a historical England and a historical English people — this is well-documented and undeniable. To say otherwise is to fall into the modern trap of rewriting history to fit leftist political agendas, and that should be resisted at all turns.