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Colorado State ‘Inclusive Language Guide’ Says Avoid Words ‘America’ and ‘American’

Colorado State ‘Inclusive Language Guide’ Says Avoid Words ‘America’ and ‘American’

“erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country”

The left does things like this and then acts shocked when people accuse them of hating America.

Campus Reform reports:

Colorado State: ‘Avoid’ using ‘Americans,’ ‘America’

Colorado State University claims that “American” is a non-inclusive word that should be avoided.

CSU’s online Inclusive Language Guide, compiled by the school’s Inclusive Communications Task Force, lists certain words and phrases to avoid while providing replacements in an effort to help “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.” The school’s Women and Gender Collaborative website directly links to the document.

CSU lists both “American” and “America” as non-inclusive words “to avoid,” due to the fact that America encompasses more than just the U.S. By referring to the U.S. 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.

The university additionally lists many gendered words and phrases to avoid. These include “male,” “female,” “ladies and gentlemen,” and “Mr./Mrs./Ms.”

“Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,” says the guide. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”

“Straight” is another word to avoid, according to CSU. The guide explained that “when used to describe heterosexuals, the term straight implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal,” and says to use the word “heterosexual” instead.

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I think it is fair to say that the members of that task force self-identify as idiots.

Committee work at its finest.

Does the task force realize that nothing they write will be amenable to translation into Romance languages or Greek, Russian and German, all of which are full of gendered nouns, including neuter ones like the neuter child and the neuter young lady?

“the term straight implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal,”

Um…that’s kind of the point, and has been since the term came into common use.

LGBT = ~5% of the population*
Straight = ~95% of the population

Ergo: Straight = normal LGBT = not normal

Refusing to acknowledge facts doesn’t make them less factual.

*reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_demographics_of_the_United_States (granted wikipedia isn’t exactly a highly reliable source for anything, but it’s authoritative enough for use in a simple blog comment)

They should make a field trip to Somalia and study how perfect everything is there.

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