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New Language Guide at U. Nevada-Reno Advises Students Not to Use ‘Native Nevadan’

New Language Guide at U. Nevada-Reno Advises Students Not to Use ‘Native Nevadan’

“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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Meriam-Webster: Native:
belonging to a particular place by birth

No time limit is given.

So it’s not respectful to one group of people who were born and raised in a place for another group of people who were born and raised in the place to talk about how they were born and raised in that place.

Helpful hint: Never try to understand the logic of liberals. It will just make your head hurt.

    artichoke in reply to irv. | October 22, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Even if the latter group was not born or raised there and has never even been there. The current people are supposed to defer to some families no longer there. Can we exorcise the ghosts?

Almost all people fall under one of two categories for sex. I have heard of XXY but that’s incredibly rare. They should stop making things as vague as possible. Science is about making things as clear and simple as possible — but no simpler.

We will not comply.
Native is an English word meaning “born there.”
UNR’s compliance with the English language is deficient and frankly niggardly.

“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.”

And clearly your goal here is to make white and brown people feel unwelcomed, unvalued, and unincluded… so stuff it. Karen.

Everyone is native to somewhere. You can’t take that away from them.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to OldProf2. | October 23, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    🎼🎶🎹It’s what I call myself,
    Outrage means naught to meee..
    And that will e-ver beeeee,
    No, no, they can’t Take That away from me.
    🎼🎵

If you’re going to claim that “native” means “my ancestors lived there since there were people here” then the number of “natives” in Nevada (or elsewhere else in the world) surely must be zero.

it’s not as if your ancestors didn’t take it from someone else. Why would anyone take any “we’ve always been here” claim seriously?

As long as this Guide is “guidance” and merely educates me to the fact that some of my word choices might be offensive to some people, I am happy with that information. Of course, I am happy to offend people with my word choices, and I might use this Guide to extend my ability to offend!

I will continue to call effeminate people “faggots” and “queens” (even if they are heterosexual), and anyone born in the State of Nevada is a native.

On the one hand they seek to deny that folk born and bred in Nevada, with generations before them similarly born and bred, are natives, on the other they want to assert that a racial minority with normal reproductive interests and normal gender expression are somehow privileged.

Clearly the diversity crowd support bigotry and caste system all the way.

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