College Urges Students To Avoid Using Words Like 'America' and 'American'

Colorado State University says terms such as 'American' and 'America' are not 'inclusive' and should be avoided

Fort Collins, CO - Colorado State University has included the words “American” and “America” on a list of phrases to avoid because they are not inclusive.

The colleges’ “Inclusive Communications Task Force” created several terms in an Inclusive Language Guide that it claims will create an atmosphere of “inclusion, respect and social justice,” according to Townhall.

The suggested terms are not mandatory.

“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 document stated.

The guide stated that American/America were not inclusive and “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” would be more preferred language.

“The Americas encompass a lot more than the United States,” the guide stated. “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.”

Other words to avoid included:

“Takes the cake” and “cake walk”: The website states that white slave owners would hold dances where black slaves would dance for entertainment and the winning slave would win a cake.

"Freshman," “Policeman,” and “Fireman”: The website states using “man” terms excludes women and non-binary gender identities.

“Handicap parking”: The website states that it can “minimize personhood.”

“Hold down the fort”: The website states it historically refers to guarding against Native American “intruders” and “feeds into the stereotype of ‘savages.’”

“Peanut gallery:” The website says that peanut gallery names the most cheap and worst areas to sit and where may black people sat during the time of Vaudeville.

“I’m broke:” The website recommends saying, “I’m low on cash right now” because “I’m broke” appropriates “real situations of hardship and can cause harm to individuals who are experiencing extreme poverty or hunger crisis.”

Nicole Neily, president of Speech First, said "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,” according to Campus Reform. “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!"

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LanetaJane16
LanetaJane16

This is insanity at its best....we are in America and anyone who won't let you use that word needs to move to another country. Colleges are getting to be too political...education should be their only goal, not brain washing.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

So.........does that mean if I were there and used some of those offensive words that I could be placed under arrest? What if I don't know about these new changes? This is all getting to be so horribly stupid. I guess the know it alls at the college don't have anything better to do.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

My tax dollars support this place?

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

At what point does the cyclical logic of liberals finally cause such a mental cyclone that only common sense prevails?

Digger15108
Digger15108

Bullshit‼️ United States of America = AmericAN. Italy = ItaliAN Puerto Rico = Puerto RicAn Mexico = MexicAN. Colorado State stepped on their dicks with this one. Maybe those pansy liberals don’t like the “AN” on the end. Maybe it sounds like RepublicAN.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Brain washing has begun on a new generation! College teachers were the first. Now they're going to start brainwashing this generation......our freedom is just a generation away from being taken from us!

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Liberals have really out done themselves.

trainbuff
trainbuff

You're fucking kidding me right? Oops! Was that word included on the list for the PC Gestapo?

Duke21
Duke21

Just about the time I think this country (AMERICA) can’t allow liberal Snowflake idiots to dumb down society anymore anarticle like this proves the Insanity Train keeps rolling along!😳

Trashman67
Trashman67

Some of the dumbest shit I have ever read!!

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

While I am all for saying America and American, living outside the US for 11 years has taught me a thing or two. We're not the only country whos citizens can justifiably call thselves American (even though we're pretty much the only ones who do), and I have had to learn to say I'm from the US or I'm a US citizen. We as a people are heavily mocked outside the US for referring to our country as America when we are but one of 35 American countries.

Trust me, it was hard to break away from saying it.

RunCop
RunCop

Liberals are sick fuck’s

Jones24
Jones24

So if you were born white you are unable to use these words. Can’t help what race you were born! But, anyone else is able to use it. I dread to see what this world will be when my Daughter is grown.

Gramercy
Gramercy

STOP ALL "AMERICAN" FUNDS FROM ALLOWING THIS COLLEGE TO CONTINUE!

CLG.
CLG.

Can't make this shit up. This is unbelievable, where do these folks come up with this stuff.Go solve a real Problem here in the United States of America.

JBo
JBo

Does this mean this "College" <snicker>, is going to refuse all tax dollar currency with the word "America" on it? Going to pay staff and professors in Bitcoin?

Maybe terrorists will start targeting South America now, since they will be confused, and where is Bank of America in all of this?

javaguy
javaguy

Take away the college's funding.

VicG
VicG

What BS...

Skidoo
Skidoo

This will drive liberals even more crazy. Those who insist on referring to themselves using hyphenated titles like African-American, Mexican-American, Asian-American, etc. will have to invent some other terms for their identity politics. The old terms like spear chucker, taco bender and oriental may need to return. They seem very inclusive within themselves.

Combokid
Combokid

People are actually paying huge dollars for this???

Badge6414
Badge6414

What next? Book burnings?

Dra71
Dra71

I can't anymore....I just can't. “Inclusive Communications Task Force" Seriously ?

t-man
t-man

Thank God that my American son who lives in America stopped going to this liberal college after one semester and joined the Army!

JBo
JBo

Anybody that goes to this "college" should ask for a refund.

Wish505
Wish505

I would be looking for a new place to work and let the Mayor and Comm come out and work the streets.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I guess Mexicans will have to stop calling themselves Latinos/Latinas or Hispanics, since Latin is a language that not only Spanish come from, but also French and Italian, and they're not from Hispaniola. They will need to call themselves people from the United Mexican States, or citizens from U.M.S., if this “Inclusive Communications Task Force” wants to be accurate.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Political correctness run amuck. The universities have gone crazy. If they think they can change the way people talk they are sadly mistaken. Give it up, nutjobs.

Van3
Van3

Shameful. I hope they’re discouraging other “an’s” Mexican and European since people from other countries live there too.

Justgail
Justgail

Uh, how about North American? No guess that wouldn’t work either. I reluctantly can see some sense there. Like some one saying a person is from Africa. But what country. The rest is just stupid. As for this doing away with male words it’s been long accepted that if you did not know the gender of someone you automatically referred to them in the male terms. Now this could be considered dumping every thing that isn’t female all together with males. Despite all the equality going on there are certain things men are better at just like certain things women are better at. Respect for others talents and abilities should be the goal. Why do women want to be forced into taking jobs they are not suited for?

vwiles34
vwiles34

Now I see where all these nuts are coming from that are doing such stupid shit.... They're recent graduates.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

I am an American and am proud to state this.

I wouldn't hesitate to go to a campus and state the same and too bad if someone "objects" because of their manufactured "hurt feelings". No one will convince me otherwise.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

OH HELL NO!!!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

What the hell has happened to our educational system today...Teachers wearing "F--k Trump" teachers....and this among other things!!!

SigLady
SigLady

OFFS ... so ashamed of my home state :(

Baxter12
Baxter12

Should get out of America if you don't want to be an American

LynnSB
LynnSB

Pull ALL STATE & FEDERAL FUNDING !!!!!!

LAW169
LAW169

Maybe we should invite CU to LEAVE AMERICA in an inclusive way. If you don’t like America then leave America,
America, America, America, America, America, America, American.

LEO0301
LEO0301

If this doesn't prove liberals are mentally ill, I don't know what does!

Deputy-Dawg
Deputy-Dawg

Insanity is a great description LanetaJane16. Our education system "Government Education" is biased from 1st grade on up, Controlled by Liberals. What else would one expect. God has a solution to all this insanity and it is coming.

Janken
Janken

There will never be a time that i will stop saying AMERICAN OR AMERICA OR ANYTHING THAT IS AMERICAN TO ME NEVER

Ryerver
Ryerver

Hopefully they do receive tax dollars and they are taken away. If it happens I bet they say that it is unAmerican lol. Idiots

Rdnecksincebirth72
Rdnecksincebirth72

Well.. It's Colorado so... It's full of morons.. Might as well be California

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

Extreme liberals at this school. No objectivity in their teaching.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

So why are there still manholes and a manhole covers? Looks to me like the democRATS are not doing their jobs properly! Total idiots!!! Leave my AMERICA! I wonder how many of these fools fought for our country or... have ever even been too another country to really understand just how GREAT the United States of AMERICA really is? Why are millions of people trying to come here if it is so bad? Please stop spending our tax dollars on institutions like this!

TBL133
TBL133

So I would assume we can no longer use the term “African-American”?!?! I guess we just say they are “Africans”... cuz that’s not offensive!😳 and the same goes for every other assimilated citizen who refers to themselves by their native country. Muslim-American is now just Muslim, etc... this is liberal mentality at its finest, throw logic out and just be emotionally driven. Then they can be offended by everything AMERICAN!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Oh blah blah blah shit the F up. That’s the most outrageous and ridiculous thing I have ever heard of. “To make people feel welcomed” bullshit. We’re in America, so we can say American, America, or anything to that effect. If you feelings get hurt, because you’re a citizen of somewhere else?, then tough shit, go back to wherever you came from if you’re offended. How about you take out “inclusive communications task force” now that’s a F’n made up job title if I’ve ever heard one. Some young smart ass college loser probably got hired, and then decided to go overboard and hypersensitive and trying to walk the “we have to be nice to everyone” line “because I got picked on because I’m from a different country”. Such bullshit. How can they even approve this shit.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I never knew the phrase "peanut gallery" had such racially insensitive history. I use it all the time in classes I teach.

Although it does show how many commonplace phrases used is today's language has questionable historical roots; however, simply using said phrases are not used to imply a racial statement, but rather to use the phrase to deliver a message that most will understand.

Damn overly sensitive snowflakes.

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

I'm sorry but the U.S. is the dominant American country, that is why we have a crisis at our southern border. Also, the oxymorons that are political correctness and social justice have only served to increase the focus on the differences in our country and not the greater similarities, that we should be focusing on.

Richigh2
Richigh2

I am a proud AMERICAN, who raises proud Americans Go back to your own country and try that shit, I am pretty sure what your government will say and it won't be this BS

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Despicable. What one would expect of the chamber of greed!