Measured is the preferred way to cover news stories, even from an admitted Officer Tatum conservative viewpoint. However, the academics who created the Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative (EHLI) to change the English language at the (prestigious?) Stanford University are educated morons.
According to the New York Post, “Stanford University released a guide this week on ‘harmful’ language that it wants to remove from its online properties — noting that the term ‘American’ is a no-go.”
In the guide’s section “Imprecise Language,” “American” should be replaced with “U.S. Citizen.”
What’s the problem? Calling Americans “American” supposedly insinuates “the US is the most important country in the Americas…,” of the 42 countries in North and South America.
This kind of exemplary stupid needs its own brand-new category to distinguish it from ordinary stupid.
For one thing, the U.S. is the most important country in the western hemisphere—in the world.
Is there a Canadian Provinces of America, a Mexican States of America, or American Peru?
In radical leftist terms, if America were solely known as the United States, they might have an argument (US-ians?). However, logic suspends their level of stupid.
It’s the United States of America—hence the demonym, American.
Gabriella Hoffman tweeted a quote: “‘I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American’—Daniel Webster.”
Other evidence of Stanford’s stupid has “immigrant” replaced with “person who has immigrated,” which, by the way, means immigrant.
“Beating a dead horse” supposedly “normalizes violence against animals” despite the “horse” being metaphorical—oh, and dead. The saying isn’t beating a horse to death.
The university, through Dee Mostofi, defended itself, telling the Post, “‘the EHLI website was specifically created by and intended for use within the university IT community,’ she explained. ‘It will continue to be refined based on ongoing input from the community.’”
Input = Stupid.
This level of stupid prompted several people on Twitter to tweet a George Carlin quote, “Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners.”
These Stanford “scholars” are reminiscent of children playing “fort,” making up rules as they go and pretending it’s reality.
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