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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Albie A Mutha
Albie A Mutha

Well, to continue using the terms freshman, policeman, etc. is indeed correct. They cite it not including non-binary gender terms. Well, newsfukkinflash .... There are ONLY TWO GENDERS !! You simply cannot change biology (science). Hope some limp-wrister doesn't get his period over my remark...lol.

61mouse
61mouse

Never been so embarrassed by the snowflakes/liberals/ main stream media the fucking DEMOASSES

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Just idiotic

Milman
Milman

China has over a half Billion Single men due to their past policies of "selective birth".. Pretty formidable Army ... We, however, are trying to feminize our men (and military)... Rid ourselves of our Law Enforcement, open our borders... See any problems here? Vote Conservative in 2020 or this country dies!

Mic911
Mic911

I have only this to say...I am an American, American Veteran US Navy, and retired American Public Safety Fire and Police !! Colorado State I don't care what the hell you think, do or say...I am an American and if you don't like America, love it or leave!!

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

That is so UN-AMERICAN. MANKIND should be offended by their attitude. I know that as an AMERICAN man I find this to be totally ignorant.

deb512
deb512

Hello Colorado State University.. Just wanted to let you know that if I come anywhere near your collage in the future I will speak and use whatever phrases and words I damn well want to. This whole over-the-top-liberal-whiny-panties-in-a-bunch over every. single. thing, big and small, in this country needs to stop!!!!!!!! You don't get to tell or "advise" people how to speak or what words are acceptable. Your efforts would be better spent on giving an outstanding education to our young adults. If you do your job properly then those young adults will leave your university as educated adults, capable of deciding how to speak and what words they chose to use all by themselves.