Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The United States Constitution, Amendment I forbids the abridging of the freedom of speech. One of the departments of the University of Michigan seems to disagree.
The University of Michigan (UM) has issued an updated report on December 8, 2020 from its Information Technology Services (ITS) department titled “Words Matter Task Force Recommendations.” It seems that the UM ITS department wants to abridge their students, employees, vendors and faculty’s freedom of speech.
The Executive Summary of Words Matter Task Force Recommendations states:
Given the importance of communication and the ITS core value of inclusivity, the Words Matter Task Force was formed and charged with identifying terms used within ITS that are, or can be construed to be, racist, sexist, or non-inclusive.
What Words Are Now Considered Racist, Sexist or Non-Inclusive at UM?
Note in the table below that that the words man, men, picnic, he, she, grandfathered, and phrases like long time no see are now considered offensive. See the chart below of words and phrases that are now banned at UM.
The purpose of the is to impact language globally. According to the report:
The University of Michigan has the opportunity to influence change with vendors, suppliers, and associations. ITS can share with strategic partners the business case for using inclusive language, and prepare them on new terms they may hear ITS staff members use. There are a few scenarios that offer opportunities for communication and relationship building, including proactively reaching out to vendors to make them aware of changes they may experience when interacting with ITS; requesting a change from vendors toward inclusive language; and starting a conversation with other university partners to increase adoption. An email template example was developed that Service Owners can use to inform and prepare external partners. See Appendix D.
This is political correctness gone wild at a premier American university.
Mario Goveia in an email wrote:
As an alumnus of the University of Michigan during an era when knowledge and understanding were prized and robust differences of opinion were encouraged as a learning tool, I’m now being asked to think twice before I speak or write, in case I offend someone.
I just learned that the University’s “Information and Technology Services Department” has a “Words Matter Task Force”, which has decided that the word “PICNIC” is OFFENSIVE along with a whole list of other words deemed offensive.
This kind of thinking may explain how Biden-Harris got elected with their objective of turning us into a nanny state. The Biden-voters in the task force suggested the use of “gatherings” instead of “picnic” without explaining why!
If you disagree you’re obviously a racist!
The US is being transformed from a “glass is always at least half full” country into a “glass is always less than half empty” country.
This list is not exhaustive and will continue to grow.
|-men-, -man-||-people, -person, or a wholly different word.
(e.g., “man-hours” can become “person-hours”)
|blacklist/whitelist||allowed/prohibited, include/exclude, allowlist/deny list|
|black-and-white thinking||binary thinking, all-or-nothing thinking|
|brown bag||lunch and learn|
|crack the whip||manage the effort closely|
|crazy, insane||outrageous, unthinkable, nonsensical, incomprehensible, ridiculous, egregious, irrational|
|disabled||when referring to a system: deactivated, broken|
|gender-neutral he or she||gender-neutral they, referring by name|
|grandfathered (in)||legacy status, legacies in, exempted, excused|
|gypped/jipped||defrauded, swindled, cheated, ripped off|
|girl/gal, boy/guy||person, or use the person’s name|
|guys/gals (e.g., Hi guys!)||everyone, folks (e.g., Hi everyone!)|
|honey, sweetheart, sweetie||use the person’s name|
|long time, no see||“It’s been a while,” “I haven’t seen you in ages!”|
|low man on the totem pole||last in the pecking order, the bottom of the heap|
|master/slave||leader/follower, primary/replica, primary/standby|
|off the reservation||outside the norms, rogue, break with the group, off on your own|
|privileged account||elevated account|
|sanity check||quick check, confidence check, coherence check|
|sold down the river||betrayed, thrown under the bus|
|straw-man||proposed conceptual design|
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The real danger is the transformation of “tolerance” into an ideology with its own courts, informers and punishments, all of them reminiscent of the Soviet Union, writes @DavidSatter https://t.co/y3Rql4e0tA via @WSJ
— David Satter (@DavidSatter) December 23, 2020