Posted on July 19, 2019

Colorado State University: Terms ‘America’ and ‘Americans’ Are Not ‘Inclusive’

Dave Huber, College Fix, July 17, 2109

The latest example of higher education employees looking for something to keep themselves occupied comes from Colorado State University where its Inclusive Communications Task Force has deemed the words “America” and “Americans” non-inclusive.

According to Campus Reform, the school’s Inclusive Language Guide lists terms and phrases to avoid and offers substitutes … all in the name of making “everyone on campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”

“America” and “Americans” are on the list because “America encompasses more than just the U.S.”

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Nevertheless, if you’re still determined to use “American,” the guide says you may be “eras[ing] other cultures and depict[ing] the United States as the dominant American country.”

CSU states that the document listing terms and phrases to avoid is “not an official policy or required practice,” but rather “is intended as a resource to help our campus community reflect our Principles of Community, particularly inclusion, respect, and social justice.”

“The guide is not about political-correctness or policing grammar, but rather helping communicators practice inclusive language and helping everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued,” the guide continues.

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Other terms/phrases to avoid include “cake walk” (invokes slavery and black minstrelry), “basket case” (originally meant a soldier in World War I who had lost all his limbs), “freshman” (it’s got “man” in it), and “Hispanic” (something to do with “colonization”; hilariously, “Latinx,” which no one knows how to pronounce let alone what it actually means, is suggested as an alternative).