Individuals, media businesses, and colleges are attacking language in the spirit of “wokeness” that is common in liberal America.
A new analysis by the renowned education-focused think tank Civitas showed that “cancel culture” is eroding free expression at the world’s top institutions at an alarming rate.
Universities run the risk of becoming breeding grounds for revisionist history based on radical political groups composed of persons preoccupied with labeling everything as racist.
Summit News announces:
There are now ‘debates’ happening at universities where it is being suggested that using correct grammar is akin to white supremacy and that ‘non standard’ language is seen as “linguistically, morally, and intellectually inferior” not because it is regularly grammatically incorrect, but because black people are using it (Many many white people also use grammatically incorrect language, but again, facts don’t matter).
“It is literally 1984 come to life, with Stanford setting itself up as Thinkpol,” states Summit.
Yes, the genuine English language is being questioned in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Alumni reacted negatively, however, when the Oxford University Student Union sought to engage “sensitivity readers” to vet, edit, and add trigger warnings (or “content notes”) on the institution’s oldest newspaper in order to resolve “problematic” pieces.
In the meanwhile, students at the University of Manchester have urged that the term “black” in derogatory expressions such as “blackmail” be prohibited because it is “divisive.” Summit News reports that this belief originates from race baiters such as Ibram X. Kendi, who allege that anything containing the term “black” is racist towards black people.
Stanford University’s Orwellian “Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative” intends to regulate language by erasing from memory concepts and phrases deemed insufficiently progressive.
There are eight categories of language policing at the University. They are “Ableist, Ageism, Culturally Appropriative, Gender-based, Imprecise Language, Institutionalized Racism, Person-First, and Violent.” They have Newspeak alternatives for every ‘offensive’ term and phrase they can conceive of in those categories. In other words, the students at this university are replacing certain terms with others that they believe to be superior.
Now, Stanford University is proposing to add the term “American” to a blacklist of ‘damaging’ words, arguing that it is “too U.S.-centric” and insufficiently inclusive of other nations. Because there are other nations on the continent of America, the University prefers that the phrase “U.S. citizen” be used instead of the term “American,” which is commonly understood to apply to citizens of the United States.
Stanford University has deemed the word “American” to be harmful language.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 21, 2022
Sanford University does not appear to care if individuals in other nations refer to themselves by the country to which they lay claim, rather than the continent on which their country is located.
Other word substitution ideas made by Stanford include “handicap parking,” “addict,” and “Karen,” which should be replaced to “accessible parking,” “person with a substance abuse disorder,” and “demanding or entitled White woman.”
God help anybody with the name Karen. Who is able to use it? Is a disease equivalent to an addition? Only white women, or women in general, may be demanding or entitled.
My God. Scroll through this list of “potentially harmful” words that @Stanford IT administrators wish to eliminate. “Blind
review” & “tone deaf” are ableist. “Guru” & “bury the hatchet“ —culturally insensitive. Term “trigger warning”—stress-inducing. 😬https://t.co/ng2LjwJOcL
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) December 20, 2022
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) December 20, 2022
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The list goes on as words which are specific to one meaning are replaced by words that are not specific or have a different meaning entirely. Who among the educated would support such an action? It seems it is now considered offensive to be specific or correct. CONTINUE READING…