“not respectful to Indigenous people who truly are native to the land here in Nevada”
Imagine sitting around thinking about which words people shouldn’t be allowed to use. Sounds miserable.
The College Fix reports:
UNR’s new language guide warns against using ‘native Nevadan,’ offensive to indigenous people
The University of Nevada-Reno recently released an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access Language guide, or IDEAL, that provides a variety of language and wording suggestions to the campus community.
Among the advice: Avoid the term “native Nevadan” when referring to people born in the state because it is “not respectful to Indigenous people who truly are native to the land here in Nevada.”
Overall the guide targets topics such as age, disability, gender, sexuality and race, among other subjects.
“Language is powerful,” UNR’s Nevada Today Editor-in-chief Karl Fendelander wrote in an Oct. 7 news release announcing the guide. “Nothing quite matches its ability to make someone feel welcomed, valued and included in a community.”
In receiving feedback from more than 50 experts across the university, Fendelander said everyone learned “new words and ideas.”
“I am also a white, heterosexual, cisgendered man with all the privilege that comes along with it. There are huge swathes of the human experience that I am not privy to,” Fendelander wrote. “I am not an expert in which words cut deeply or which phrases are laced with a history of violence and oppression. But I can listen … that’s what this guide is for.”
The guide adapts many of the AP guidance changes from 2017 on gender.
Like the AP guidelines, the IDEAL guide also asserts that “gender is not synonymous with sex,” arguing that leading medical organizations affirm “not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender.”
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