by Sean Walton, The Daily Sheeple
A new “inclusive language guide” compiled by Colorado State University asserts that the word “America” is “non-inclusive” and should be avoided.
“CSU lists both “American” and “America” as non-inclusive words “to avoid,” due to the fact that America encompasses more than just the US. By referring to the US as America, the guide claims that one “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The school suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” as substitutes,” writes Ethan Cai.
The Inclusive Language Guide (PDF) was compiled by Colorado State’s Inclusive Communications Task Force with the goal of “helping communicators practice inclusive language and helping everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”
The guide explains why “America/American” is a “word/phrase to avoid”:
“The Americas encompass a lot more than the United States. There is South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean just to name a few of 42 countries in total. That’s why the word “americano” in Spanish can refer to anything on the American continent. Yet, when we talk about “Americans” in the United States, we’re usually just referring to people from the United States. This erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.”
Instead, people should say “US citizen” or “person from the US.”
- Other words to avoid include the following:
- Male and female/ladies and gentlemen/Mr./Mrs./Ms (these words are gendered yet we don’t know the person’s gender – there are now infinite genders).
- Straight (when used to refer to heterosexuals, this implies LGBT people are “crooked” or “not normal,” according to the guide).
- Normal person (“implies that ‘other’ people… are not whole or regular people”).
- Handicap parking (could offend disabled people).
- War, cake walk, eenie meenie miney moe, Eskimo, freshman, hip hip hooray!, hold down the fort, starving, and policeman (all of these words are “non-inclusive”).
“Even though these guidelines are suggested and not mandatory, they place students in the uncomfortable position of reciting politically correct talking points that they may not agree with,” said Nicole Neily, president of Speech First. “Words like ‘American,’ ‘male,’ and ‘female’ are used every day by billions of people around the world. When these students graduate, they’re in for a rude awakening!”
“The guide is not about political-correctness or policing grammar, but rather helping communicators practice inclusive language,” the university claims.
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