Stanford IT Releases List Of Words They Want To See Banned
Stanford University IT has released an extensive list of words that they find to be problematic. Although the university does not specifically say that these words are officially banned, specifically due to the costs and resources involved with retrofitting their websites and codes with the altered language, it does explain that they would like to eventually see these words eliminated.
The release also includes terminology that would be preferred as well as a brief explanation as to why each term needs to be eliminated.
The list began as a public release, but, as with all woke things that go viral when the general public gets a hold of them, has been locked behind a username and password screen. Thankfully, a copy of the release has been archived and can still be accessed by the public.
Among the words be on the chopping block, we have:
White paper, because the term “white” carries an implication of goodness and asking for a piece of blank white paper includes racial connotations. Instead, you should probably ask for a piece of “position paper.”
There are also the words that we have come to expect from the Left including, he, she, mankind, and gentleman. Basically, we need to get rid of anything having to do with identifying people based on their gender due to the Left’s efforts to “update” biology and science in general.
What is interesting about the list, however, is that it also includes the term “preferred pronoun.” If you have been on social media in the last five years, or if your company has a progressive HR department, you have likely heard of people’s preferred pronouns. As it turns out, Stanford IT now finds this expression to be problematic because it implies that ‘non-binary gender identity is a choice and a preference.’
Still, the release does not merely focus on gender-oriented language. There is also an entire section about protecting people from the violence of words. The phrase ‘trigger warning’ can give a person anxiety about what is going to come next. Instead, Stanford IT suggests using the phrase ‘content warning.’ The phrase ‘whipped into shape’ is an implication of violence stemming from slavery. A political campaign should not use the term ‘war room’ as that is an implication of explicit violence.
If all of this, so far, seems like a list created by a bunch of super-sensitive Leftists living on the fringe of their woke ideology, it only gets better from here. We also need to protect the animal kingdom from the violence of our words.
The phrases ‘to kill two birds with one stone’ and ‘whipping a dead horse’ are examples of implied violence against animals. We certainly wouldn’t want to offend any birds or horses out there.
Finally, we get on to the heart of the list, which is an entire section on racism and words with racial context. Don’t say the words ‘slave labor,’ and instead go with ‘unfair work practices.’ Imagine a day when school textbooks carry a section about Southern Democrats going to war to maintain their unfair work practices.
The term ‘master’ should be banned because masters enslaved people, didn’t consider them human, and didn’t allow them to express free will. This is rich consider the university has multiple master’s degree programs.
The list also suggests ‘cakewalk, brownbag, and grandfather’ should be eliminated.
While it is amazing that money, time, and resources went towards the creation of this list, the absolute cherry on top of this horribly flavored sundae is that this list was created at an institution of supposed higher learning.
The American University used to be a place where great minds would go to challenge themselves and open their minds to new ideas. They learned to hone their critical thinking skills and were able to have a functional and intelligent conversation with others. We might even go so far as to say that there was a time that people who graduated from universities were ‘enlightened.’
Instead, universities have seemingly become a breeding ground for Leftist ideologues where students are told what to think or not and what to say or not. The scariest part is that these are going to be the country’s future leaders.
Archived copy of the list