Just in case you think the PC madness on campuses can’t get any worse, here comes the Bias-Free Language Guide at the University of New Hampshire. “We offer this guide as a way to promote discussion and to facilitate creative and accurate expression,” an official said, as reported here on the website, The College Fix. “An integral part of UNH’s mission is to continue to build an inclusive learning community, and the first step toward our goal is an awareness of any bias in our daily language.”
The only weasel word they left out was “vibrant.” But, OK — let’s accept the mom-and-apple pie premise. So what does constitute biased language? Hang on to your hats…
Yup. The word “American” is biased, because it fails to recognize South America, and “assumes the U. S. is the only country inside these two continents.”
What word or words should you use instead?
- U.S. citizen
- Resident of the U.S.
- North American
- South American
Glad they solved that for us. Other examples of bias, and the “preferred” alternatives:
- Instead of “opposite sex,” say “other sex”
- Instead of “homosexual,” say “gay,” “lesbian” or “same gender loving”
- Instead of “mothering” or “fathering,” say “parenting” or “nurturing”
And my absolute favorite:
- Instead of calling people “fat” or “obese” or “overweight,” call them “people of size”
To be fair, the president of the university quickly distanced himself, and the school, from this lunacy. But I don’t know if he fired the Diversity officials who dreamed it up. What contribution do their salaries make toward the fact that annual tuition at UNH is $27,000 a year for state residents and $40,000 for students from out of state. So BA costs $108,000 to $160,000. If this is what they’re teaching along the way, good luck finding an opportunity in the job market.
Ooops. According to a similar guide at the University of California, saying “America is the land of opportunity” constitutes a “microaggression.”