Aug 1, 2015

Publicly-Funded UNH Guide Says Using the Word ‘American’ is Biased

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

 The taxpayers of New Hampshire must be thrilled that one of the universities that uses their hard-earned tax dollars has come out with a ‘guide’ on words that are considered ‘biased’.
One of these words happens to be the word ‘American’. Their reason why – “Note: North Americans often use “American” which usually, depending on the context, fails to recognize South America.” They would prefer that Americans call themselves “U.S. Citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.” And no this isn’t a joke.
From The Blaze:
The University of New Hampshire has released a “Bias-Free Language Guide” to help students navigate the “complicated” task of language.

The extensive guide, published to the public university’s website, identifies “problematic” and “outdated” words and offers less offensive alternatives. As originally reported on by Campus Reform, that lengthy list of words include: American, mothering, fathering, Caucasian, foreigners, homosexual and healthy — among many others.
“Universities are places to look at the world in new ways,” the guide states. “As a university organization, we care about the life of the mind. We offer this guide as a way to promote discussion and to facilitate creative and accurate expression.”
“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 guide said. “As we begin to understand bias, we explore the truths of hierarchy and oppression. When we free ourselves of bias, we are thus affirming identities that differ from our own.  When we do not affirm another person’s identity, we are characterizing an individual as ‘less than’ or ‘other.’ This makes them invisible, and for some, it feels like a form of violence.”
But even though the guide is published on the university’s website, UNH President Mark W. Huddleston told TheBlaze that he was “troubled” by some of the content in the guide and stressed that it was not mandatory nor university policy.
Everything you need to know about what is in the guide is given in a quote at the top of the guide:
In a democracy, recognition matters. Everyone wants to be seen as who they are.
If they are not, then it’s impossible for them to enjoy the experience of being full citizens.
-Melissa Harris-Perry
Yes it’s MSNBC’s same Melissa Harris-Perry who wore tampon earrings on her program; who is a tax cheat and who claims that Rachel Dolezal can indeed be black.
 The fact these people actually quoted her absolutely lets you know the type of intolerance and idiocy you’ll likely get from their guide.
Here are a few examples directly from the guide:
Preferred:  person of material wealth
Problematic: rich
Being rich gets conflated with a sort of omnipotence; hence, immunity from customs and the law. People without material wealth could be wealthy or rich of spirit, kindness, etc.
Preferred: people of size
Problematic/Outdated: obese*, overweight people
“Obese” is the medicalization of size, and “overweight” is arbitrary; for example, standards differ from one culture to another.
Note: “Fat”, a historically derogatory term, is increasingly being reclaimed by people of size and their allies, yet for some, it is a term that comes from pain.
Preferred: “non-disabled” is the preferred term for people without disabilities.
Problematic: normal, able-bodied, healthy or whole
Preferred: White people, European-American individuals
Problematic: Caucasian people
Preferred: international people
Problematic: foreigner

They even include a gender pronoun guide:
Some people don’t feel like traditional gender pronouns (she/her, he/him) fit their gender identities. Transgender, genderqueer, and other gender-variant people may choose different pronouns for themselves. The following guide is a starting point for using pronouns respectfully.
Any professor who felt the need to be involved in something as ridiculous as this needs to be fired or demoted to a position where they aren’t dealing with students.
It’s bad enough our publicly-funded K-12 system is dumbing down kids but universities shouldn’t be following suit.
New Hampshire taxpayers should demand a refund or a defund!


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