To avoid offence, all speech now banned

Well, we are not far off that edict if the latest from University of New Hampshire new “Bias-Free Language Guide” is to be believed. [UNH President Mark Huddleston has disavowed the Bias-Free Language Guide, saying he is “troubled by many things” it contains. He says “[t]he only UNH policy on speech is that it is free and unfettered on our campuses.”] /Tui


But it was fun while it lasted!

According to the university?s website, the guide ?is meant to invite inclusive excellence in [the] campus community.? [The page has now disappeared]

The guide defines words such as ?homosexual? as ?problematic,? offering ?Same Gender Loving? as a more inclusive substitute. Similarly, a lack of gender-neutral bathrooms is, according to the university, ?ciscentrism.?

I love my sons who are the same gender as me so I am now a homosexual?

The university defines ?ciscentrism? as ?[a] pervasive and institutionalized system that places transgender people in the ?other? category and treats their needs and identities as less important than those of cisgender people.?

?Ciscentrism,??according to the university, ?includes the lack of gender-neutral restrooms, locker rooms, and residences.?

Saying ?American? to reference Americans is also problematic. The guide encourages the use of the more inclusive substitutes ?U.S. citizen? or ?Resident of the U.S.?[…]

[…]The guide clarifies that saying ?illegal alien? is also problematic. While ?undocumented immigrant? is acceptable, the guide recommends saying ?person seeking asylum,? or ?refugee,? instead. Even saying ?foreigners? is problematic; the preferred term is ?international people.?

Using the word ?Caucasian? is considered problematic as well, and should be discontinued in favor of ?European-American individuals.? The guide also states that the notion of race is ?a social construct…that was designed to maintain slavery.?

The guide also discourages the use of ?mothering? or ?fathering,? so as to ?avoid gendering a non-gendered activity.?

Even saying the word ?healthy? is problematic, the university says. The ?preferred term for people without disabilities,? the university says, is “non-disabled.” Similarly, saying ?handicapped? or ?physically-challenged? is also problematic. Instead, the university wants people to use the more inclusive ?wheelchair user,? or ?person who is wheelchair mobile.?

Using the words “rich? or ?poor? is also frowned upon. Instead of saying ?rich,? the university encourages people to say ?person of material wealth.? Rather than saying a person is ?poor,? the university encourages its members to substitute ?person who lacks advantages that others have? or ?low economic status related to a person?s education, occupation and income.?

Terms also considered problematic include: ?elders,? ?senior citizen,? ?overweight? (which the guide says is ?arbitrary?), ?speech impediment,? ?dumb,? ?sexual preference,? ?manpower,? ?freshmen,? ?mailman,? and ?chairman,? in addition to many others.[…]

Exercising my white, male, privilege I insist that I am referred to as a?healthy caucasian?senior citizen?with a well defined sexual preference.? ?I serve as a chairman, and have spent many years fathering and, compared to many in the world, am?rich.

Put that in your hollowed out bowl with breathing tube attached and gently smoulder it whilst inhaling, because I think it is high time that we reverted to calling a spade a “short-handled, square-bladed, earth-relocating implement”.

(I think I am getting the hang of this newspeak.)

Meanwhile, an official University of California list of racist ?microaggressions? asserts that saying ?I?m not racist? is racist.

The university guide defines microaggressions as, ?everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.?

Examples listed on the university?s?official website?include telling someone, ?you speak English very well,? telling an Asian person that they are good at math and insisting that ?America is a melting pot?.

Using the phrase, ?I?m not racist, I have several black friends? is also listed as an example of ?racism?.

A white woman who clutches her purse or bag when approached by a black or Latino person is also committing a racist microaggression, according to the guide. Asking non-white people why they are being quiet or loud is also racist.

Other official microaggressions:

  • “There is only one race, the human race.?
  • ?I believe the most qualified person should get the job.?
  • ?America is the land of opportunity.?
  • “Men and women have equal opportunities for?achievement.?
  • ?Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work?hard enough.?
  • ?Wow! How did you become so good in math??

Tread softly, for you tread on my snowflake.