Colorado State U. language guide: America, American, male, female among words to avoid

The Left’s language police is busy in taxpayer-funded Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ethan Cai reports for Campus Reform, July 17, 2019, that the Inclusive Communications Task Force of Colorado State University (CSU) compiled an  Inclusive Language Guide, listing a slew of words and phrases to avoid, and appropriate replacements. The ostensible purpose of the guide is to help “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”

CSU denied that the Inclusive Language Guide is an official policy, required practice, political correctness, or grammar policing, but claims the Guide is merely “intended as a resource to help our campus community reflect our Principles of Community, particularly inclusion, respect, and social justice” and to help “everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”

Below are some “non-inclusive” words to avoid:

  • “America” and “American”: The guide claims that since America is more than just the United States, referring to the U.S. as America “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The CSU guide suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” instead of “American(s)”.
  • Gendered words and phrases to avoid include “male”, “female”, “ladies” and “gentlemen”, “Mr./Mrs./Ms.”.
  • “Straight”: According to the CSU language guide, the term “straight” when used to describe heterosexuals “implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal”.
  • The term “normal person” should be avoided because it “implies that ‘other’ people… are not whole or regular people.”
  • “Handicap parking” should also not be used because it offends disabled people by “minimizing personhood”. Instead of “handicap parking,” use the term “accessible parking”.
  • Other offensive words and phrases to avoid are “war”,  “cake walk”, “eenie meenie miney moe”, “Eskimo”, “freshman”, “hip hip hooray!”, “hold down the fort”, “starving” and “policeman”.

Aaron Allen, a third-year student at CSU, said: “What about the term ‘African-American’? Should I not use that term to describe myself?”

Azhar Majeed, spokesman for the free speech advocacy nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told Campus Reform that while “it is possible that the speech of some students will be chilled if they are confused into thinking that the document represents official policy of the university . . . I think it would be unlikely that any student carefully reading the guide would be mistaken and led to believe they could face disciplinary action for their speech.”

If we go by precedents, despite Majeed’s assurance, CSU students have every reason to fear there would be “disciplinary” consequences if they refuse to abide by the Inclusive Language Guide. See:

Indeed, Nicole Neily, president of Speech First, points out that “even though these guidelines are suggested and not mandatory, they place students in the uncomfortable position of reciting politically correct talking points that they may not agree with. Words like ‘American,’ ‘male,’ and ‘female’ are used every day by billions of people around the world. When these students graduate, they’re in for a rude awakening!”

In a statement to Campus Reform, CSU spokesman Mike Hooker said:

The version that Campus Reform, the Collegian, and one of our employees have shared online was a preliminary draft that was still under construction/revision back in October when the student newspaper posted it, and the language in question was removed before the document was finalized and released in January by the people who wrote it. Attached is the final version of this guide which was created as a resource for members of the CSU staff who had specifically requested this guidance. The old (October) link from the Collegian which you have in your original story from Wednesday was the preliminary draft that was still under discussion among internal members of the involved group.  The preliminary draft was also posted by a CSU employee for discussion purposes back in the fall (not the final attached here that the people working on it eventually agreed on in January) and it never got taken down.

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TrailDust
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How disgusting. I wonder how many people recognize the severity of the danger this indicates. The people bringing this about are trying to provoke a tyranny or a revolution.

William
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William

Sraight “implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal”. Well, yeah. They’re not normal. They are the ones who embrace their identity as “queer”. And the vast majority are anything but gay in the traditional sense of that word. They are miserable frenetically obsessive hedonists

Goldbug
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Goldbug

I would say “Amen” to that, but then, this contains the “toxic male” word .. should I say Apeople, as in a store’s peoplenekin, peoplegrove trees, or peopleatee aquatic mammal? These people are insane, and they shouldn’t be given the time of day.

DCG
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CSU can kiss my white, straight, normal, female American butt!

Lophatt
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Lophatt

They have no authority or mandate for this. Indeed, as an alleged institution of higher learning they have a certain obligation to ensure that their teaching and conduct are consistent with acceptable cultural norms. No one is going to tell me what I can and can’t say. By doing these things they are teaching their students that they somehow have a right to interfere with and dictate to others. This is, of course, deliberate. I have been noticing, increasingly, the tendency to scream idiocies at people and simply tell them that whatever THEY think is “wrong”. Discussions are no longer… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
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At least it’s still OK to use George Carlin’s 7 dirty words you can’t say on TV… 🤬

operaghost
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operaghost

“Other offensive words and phrases to avoid are “war”, “cake walk”, “eenie meenie miney moe”, “Eskimo”, “freshman”, “hip hip hooray!”, “hold down the fort”, “starving” and “policeman”.” :::owlish slow blink::: I have no clue as to why some of these things might in someone’s wildest daymares might be offensive. Seriously. Cake walk? Is that a reference to the bakers who don’t want to bake cakes for some people? Eenie meenie miney moe? Is that because someone dug up old black and white (oops, can’t say that I’m assuming) Three Stooges movies and blasted the heck out of their easilly offended… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, its “safer” just to submit a draft of what you intend to say to them for approval before you commit an unpardonable error.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

I’ll just stick with the same old ‘english’ as I was taught, or learned, it. I never have been prone to profanity, it is easy enough to offend with out it. I usually know when I offend some one, as it is usually intentional. Now, for these nuts, I can offend with out knowing, and just not care.

cogitoergosumantra
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cogitoergosumantra

“CSU denied that the Inclusive Language Guide is an official policy, required practice, political correctness, or grammar policing” Let’s wait and see how those who use such terms (faculty, especially) get treated. I’m betting they’ll be “released”. “referring to the U.S. as America “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” Yeah. Well, it IS. You don’t see hoards of AMERICANS in caravans immigrating to Venezuela. “the term “straight” when used to describe heterosexuals “implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal”. Yeah. Well, they AREN’T normal. “The term “normal person” should be avoided… Read more »