Colorado State University (CSU) just published its “Inclusive Language Guide,” and it excludes terms such as “Americans” – or now “people from the U.S.” – terms that have been habitually used without malice aforethought for centuries, but it indicates that today’s college students are now too sensitive to handle such “offensive” terms.
Everyone in the campus community are urged to be inclusive or risk making others feel hurt or unwelcome.
“[A]Colorado State University task force cautions students, faculty, and staff to avoid the use of the terms ‘America’ and ‘American,’ among others – some of which might not be known to the common person to be considered offensive,” TheBlaze reported.
Are you serious?
Even though the guide claims it is not pushing a leftist agenda, it is made quite clear that it has social justice warriors who have been dubbed by the conservative media as “snowflakes” primarily in mind.
“This document is intended as a resource to help our campus community reflect our Principles of Community – particularly inclusion, respect and social justice,” CSU’s “Inclusive Language Guide” states. “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.”
Right off the bat, the guide lays down some general best practices by which it expects the campus community to abide.
“Never assume a person’s gender identity based on their name or their appearance – if you don’t know, use gender-inclusive pronouns or ask for their pronouns,” CSU directs the campus community. “Use gender-inclusive language when speaking in generalities or about groups of people that you do not know the individual pronouns of (i.e. everyone vs. ladies and gentlemen and they/them/theirs vs. he/him/his and she/her/hers.”
In other words, before thinking about spewing out a sentence, students can be expected to be seen grasping for the “preferred pronouns” before stumbling through an entire sentence that resembles a whole new foreign language – in the hopes of not melting eagerly listening snowflakes on the verge of having emotional breakdowns for not being addressed with their new leftist lexicon.
CSU officials don’t want campus members to infer that a person donning a dress, heels, lipstick and a feminine figure is a female, and warns students and faculty alike not to callously address such an individual with “offensive” and stereotypical pronouns such as she or her. In fact, instead of engaging in any conversation with or about the person, a pronoun investigation must take place to make sure one is aligned with the other’s gender of choice.
According to CSU, President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again!” is offensive and misleading, as the guide makes it clear that “America” and “Americans” are not inclusive words that are welcome on campus.
"The Americas encompass a lot more than the United States,” CSU academians contend in the guide. “There is South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean just to name a few of 42 countries in total. That's why the word ‘americano’ in Spanish can refer to anything on the American continent. Yet, when we talk about ‘Americans’ in the United States, we're usually just referring to people from the United States. This erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country."
And forget about deferentially referring to elders by “Mr.,” “Mrs.” or “Ms.,” as those are tossed into the “words to avoid” heap of terms, along with ”male,” “female,” and “ladies and gentlemen.”
“Male and female refers to biological sex – and not gender,” the guide asserts. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.) we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”
They urge use of the term, “everyone” instead of “ladies and gentlemen,” which is not broad enough to cover the range of the “gender spectrum.”
And that’s just the beginning. LGBT activists at CSU are now not happy with the term, “homosexual,” and here’s their explanation:
“Because of the clinical history of the word “homosexual,” it is used in an offensive way to suggest that gay people are somehow not “normal” of psychologically/emotionally disordered – notions discredited by the (pro-LGBT) American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in the 1970s,” the guide argues.
Further instructions ensue, calling campus members to use “Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Pansexual/Queer,” with a note stressing that “it is important to ask what term a person prefers and not assign arbitrarily.”
Under the same reasoning, the term “straight” is unvited on campus, as well, as the LGBT agenda continues to move forward in mainstreaming the LGBT lifestyle.
“When used to describe heterosexuals, the term straight implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal,” the guide insists.
Playing the race card, the university also argues that using regularly used terms for minorities are now racist. It also pushed its pro-immigration, open borders politics by ignoring the fact that immigrants breaking into the country are in the U.S. illegally, which is show in their prescribed rhetoric.
The university is also kicking the terms “Hispanic” and “illegal immigrant/alien out the door, as well, insisting “Latino” be used for the former and “born in [insert country] immigrant” or “undocumented immigrant” or “refugee” be used instead.
“Colored” was also thrown out as being a “highly offensive racial slur” in favor of using “person of color.”
Veiling freedom of speech on campus
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Spokesman Azhar Majeed argues the newly introduced lexicon violates student’s First Amendment rights.
"The guide certainly does encompass a great deal of everyday, common expressions, and 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," Majeed told Campus Reform. "However, given the introductory language...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."
Speech First President Nicole Neily insists that using such controlled verbiage puts students in an unrealistic bubble on campus and that they will be in for a culture shock they graduate as society will undoubtedly look at them with a raised brow when using such a foreign vocabular.
"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,” Neily contended. “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!"
Students on campus, including Aaron Allen – a third-year student at CSU – was confused by the “guidelines” when it comes to describing his own ethnicity.
"What about the term 'African-American'?” posed to Campus Reform. “Should I not use that term to describe myself?"
In a previous report, Campus Reform noted how CSU warned students not to use gendered emojis in order to make their social media discourse not so polarizing and more inclusive.