The Stanford University Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative focuses on terms used in the United States that could be “harmful,” and the list now includes the forbidden word “American.”
That’s right. Using the word “American” is no longer acceptable in an American higher education institution. Stanford suggested replacing the patriotic term with the bland “US Citizen.” Evidently, the saying “American” is offensive because it “often refers to people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the U.S. is the most important country in the Americas (which is actually made up of 42 countries).”
In the cultural revolution to remake America into a place compatible with leftist values, American colleges and universities have been at the forefront — leading the way in changing the English language to better manipulate the younger generation.
Stanford University has lost its mind with initiative to eliminate ‘harmful language’ such as ‘brave’ and ‘American’ https://t.co/esNA4K7R6l
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) December 20, 2022
This guide to “harmful language” is part of Stanford’s “multiphase, multiyear project” to fix “harmful language in IT.” The organization’s computers and code will be reprogrammed so forbidden terms would not appear on its websites. Schools across the country could use the list as a model.
The university’s guideline on taboo words and descriptions in its index is broken into 10 categories to eliminate racist, violent or biased language. The categories involve “ableist, ageism, colonialism, culturally appropriative, gender-based, imprecise language, institutionalized racism, person-first, violent and additional considerations.”
The section also includes “abort,” which should be replaced with “cancel” or “end” for religious and moral reasons. “Karen” should also be substituted with “demanding or entitled White woman.” Another forbidden term is “thug,” which the manual states, “although the term refers to a violent person or criminal, it often takes on a racist connotation when used in certain circles.” The words suspect or criminal are preferred.
Similarly, Stanford students are no longer permitted to refer to themselves as masters of their subjects because “historically, masters enslaved people, didn’t consider them human and didn’t allow them to express free will, so this term should generally be avoided.”