The effort behind the left’s movement to control speech is ultimately to manipulate thought – and nowhere better can this be seen than with recently unearthed “guidelines” aimed at University of California faculty.
Inspirational phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity,” “America is a melting pot” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” have all been deemed “macroaggressions” and are in the process of being eliminated from the campus vocabulary through a series of seminars, according to the College Fix.
UC President Janet Napolitano invited deans and department heads to the statist-style seminars in January. Designed to program UC system faculty, the seminars garnered little attention until a staff member alerted the College Fix, which reported:
These so-called microaggressions – considered examples of subconscious racism – were presented at faculty leader training sessions held throughout the 2014-15 school year at nine of the 10 UC campuses. The sessions, an initiative of UC President Janet Napolitano, aim to teach how to avoid offending students and peers, as well as how to hire a more diverse faculty.
At the gatherings, deans and department chairs across the UC system have been instructed to be careful using (read: instructed not to use) phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity” or even use forms that provide only “male” and “female” check boxes, among a long litany of supposed microaggressions listed in a document underlying the “Faculty Leadership Seminars.”
A horrifying host of materials can be found on the program’s website page where, in specific terms, handouts outline what is not acceptable to say, and the “true meaning” behind the forbidden phrases.
Case in point, simply asking someone “Where are you from or where were you born?” really sends a message that “you are not a true American,” according to seminar guidelines.
Telling someone “you speak English very well,” is supposedly only a cover for really wanting to say, “you are a perpetual foreigner in your own country.”
This kind of thought/speech policing is something liberty-loving Americans probably thought only existed in places like North Korea, yet the handout can be seen in its entirety here. Be warned, it’s infuriating.
Another handout, titled, “Tool for Identifying Implicit Bias,” outlines “Euphemized Bias” and in part, condemns the use of the term “hard worker” as a good quality. Instead, someone who uses such a label could be “excluding those who have demanding family commitments, cloaking a bias against care-givers.”
This affront to human dignity and common sense can be read here.
The College Fix reached out to the UC Office of the President for comment. In response to a question about how these seminars might have a chilling effect on faculty members’ ability to engage in free speech, Representative Shelly Meron said in an email Tuesday that, “These seminars are not an attempt to curb open dialogue, debate or classroom discussions.”
If specifically incriminating certain phrases – acceptable phrases that often help define liberty – isn’t an attempt to curb speech and control thought, than what the hell is?
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