How far will political correctness go before it gets a good glimpse of itself in the mirror and turn back, away from the cliff?
In America, it often feels as though we are rapidly approaching that moment. We have seen an inordinate amount of hemming and hawing over the proper use of any number of words in the 21st century, some of which are completely and utterly asinine.
In the latest affront to common sense, Colorado State University is urging “woke” students to avoid using allegedly offensive words like “America”.
According to Colorado State University’s “Inclusive Language Guide,” students are advisedto avoid the words “America” and “American.” Why exactly has the university deemed these words offensive? The guide argues that these words erase “other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.”
The guide, which was highlighted this week by Campus Reform, asks students to replace “America” and “American” with “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.”
The guide contains a number of bizarre conclusions about language. For example, it advises students against using the label “straight” as a synonym for heterosexual because it allegedly implies that those who are not straight are instead “not normal” or “crooked.”
Of course, “American” isn’t the least bit offensive if you are proud to be an American. It is only those who find shame within themselves that prefer to avoid self-identifying terms.
The logic behind the warning is so perplexing that it creates a paradox for many: How can one be offended by oneself? Is that a hyper-awareness of some sort or simply a delusional diversion from reality?
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