This PC culture is getting out of hand. We have the LGBTQ with their endless gender identities, making it so people are offended by pronouns and colleges where varying ideas are not allowed, as they might offend someone. But it seems Colorado is going for the gold as their Inclusiveness Language Guide instructs students to avoid saying “America” or “American.”
“The guide advises students to use the words “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” instead of “American.”
Some of the other words and phrases deemed not inclusive by the guide include the words “male” and “female” (because this “refers to biological sex and not gender,” and “we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender”), “cake walk” (because it apparently has origins in “the racism of 19th century minstrel shows”), “freshman” (because it “excludes women and non-binary gender identities”), “Hispanic” (“because of its origins in colonialization and the implication that to be Hispanic or Latinx/Latine/Latino, one needs to be Spanish-speaking”),
“hold down the fort” (because “the U.S. the historical connotation refers to guarding against Native American ‘intruders’ and feeds into the stereotype of ‘savages’”), “no can do” (because it was “originally a way to mock Chinese people”), “peanut gallery” (because it “names a section in theaters, usually the cheapest and worst, where many Black people sat during the era of Vaudeville”), “straight” (because it “implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal”), “food coma” (because it “directly alludes to the stereotype of laziness associated with African-Americans”), and “war” or “battle,” when used any way other than to describe a literal war or battle (because “they evoke very real tragedy that can be problematic for survivors of war or Veterans”).”
This Inclusiveness Language Guide is a joke. We need to put an end to this kind of mindless drivel. Diversity is part of life. People need to experience it in order to grow.