Stanford University have announced plans to add the word “American” to a blacklist with other ‘harmful’ words, claiming that it is ‘too U.S.-centric’ and not inclusive enough of other countries.
The woke University is targeting the label as part of its authoritarian “Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative” that seeks to police language by memory-holing words and phrases it deems to be not woke enough.
Summit.news reports: Instead of the words ‘American’, the University wants people to use the term “U.S. citizen,” because there are other countries in the continent of America.
The University has eight categories of language policing. They are “Ableist, Ageism, Culturally Appropriative, Gender-based, Imprecise Language, Institutionalized Racism, Person-First, and Violent.”
They have Newspeak suggestions for every ‘offensive’ word and phrase they can think of in those categories.
It is literally 1984 come to life, with Stanford setting itself up as Thinkpol.
Other suggestions Stanford makes for word replacements are “handicap parking,” “addict,” and “Karen,” to be changed to “accessible parking,” “person with a substance abuse disorder,” and “demanding or entitled White woman.”
You read that right. You can’t say Karen now.
Indeed, this destruction of language isn’t restricted to one University. As we highlighted last year, an arts college in Waltham, MA banned the use of words and phrases it deems to be ‘violent’ or ‘racist’, replacing them with bland alternatives in an effort to prevent anyone from being offended.
Among the banned phrases were, ironically, ‘trigger warning’ which had to go because of its association to guns, along with ‘take a shot at it’ for the same reason.