Minn. College Blacklisting 'Oppressive' Words Like 'Crazy,' 'You Guys'

Kat Timpf over at Campus Reform has another great story out today exposing loopy leftism in academia.

It turns out words that you and I think are perfectly innocuous, like "crazy" and "you guys" are insulting to the mentally ill and women, respectively, according to Minnesota's Macalester College (excerpt below page break; emphasis mine):


The More Than Words: Inclusive Language Campaign was created by Macalester College's Department of Multicultural Life in order to "raise awareness about the importance of using inclusive language." The campaign includes a series of YouTube videos and post around campus.

“I don’t consciously do it, but I’ll say ‘You guys!’ or ‘We should do something together, guys!’ and I don’t even consciously...like, usually I'm addressing a group of all girls,” a Macalester College University student said in a video in August.

“I joke around with my friends like ‘Don’t be a wuss, don’t be a girl,’ come on just do this,” another student said. “I never really took the time to think about what that meant, and how loaded that phrase was.”

Though there initially were only a handful of posters instructing students not to use certain words, they quickly multiplied, Macalester senior Daniel Surman told Campus Reform in an interview Monday.

“The first wave was [words] like 'gay,' 'girl,' 'retarded',” Surman said. “Then they had a second wave where suddenly the posters increased in number remarkably … that showed all of these other words that weren’t included before.”

The posters instruct students to avoid words such as “crazy” or “derp” and replace them with "person with a mental health condition" or "person with a learning or cognitive disability.”

“And that’s when people started being like, ‘is this seriously happening?” Surman said.

Yes, it seriously is, although I don't suspect it will catch on nationally like the absurd "Ban Bossy" campaign spearheaded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

To read my March 11 piece about conservative pushback against the speech police behind the "Ban Bossy" movement, click here.

Ken Shepherd
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