It’s an assault on the English language only Orwell could love.
In a publication issued its faculty, staff and students aimed at scrubbing biased words from use, the University of New Hampshire includes everyday words like “American,” “foreigners,” “mothering,” and “fathering” in its “Bias-Free Language Guide.”
Campus Reform reported:
Saying “American” to reference Americans is also problematic. The guide encourages the use of the more inclusive substitutes “U.S. citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.”
The guide claims that “American” is problematic because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].” (The guide doesn’t address whether or not the terms “Canadians” and “Mexicans” should be abandoned in favor of “Residents of Canada” and “Residents of Mexico,” respectively.)
So now the Don McLean classic becomes “Bye Bye, Miss U.S. Citizen Pie,” and the lyrics of Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song get flipped to, “ I’m proud to be a resident of the U.S., where at least I know I’m free?”
Other words the guide claimed were “problematic” include “rich,” “poor,” “senior citizen” and “healthy.” In place of “homosexual,” the guide suggests using the phrase, “same gender loving.”
Instead of “Caucasian,” the guide promotes using “European-American.” Does that mean there are no more blacks in Europe? Or Hispanics in Spain?
According to the guide:
An integral part of UNH’s mission is to continue to build an inclusive learning community, and the first step toward our goal is an awareness of any bias in our daily language. As we begin to understand bias, we explore the truths of hierarchy and oppression. When we free ourselves of bias, we are thus affirming identities that differ from our own. When we do not affirm another person’s identity, we are characterizing an individual as “less than” or “other.” This makes them invisible, and for some, it feels like a form of violence.
Folks took to social media to express their disbelief.
@campusreform funny, since they’re motto, Live Free or Die, is a concept made possible by America and Americans
— Jason (@kungfugripma) July 28, 2015
— John Hancock (@CaptAmerica1787) July 28, 2015
— Trevor White (@TrevorNWhite) July 28, 2015
And finally there was this:
— Nota Chance (@TWarrior842) July 28, 2015
If this drivel came from a private university, it would be cause for ridicule. But because the University of New Hampshire is supported by public funds, it should be cause to get someone fired, or at least their taxpayer-funded pay docked.
But it won’t.
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