Sunday, August 02, 2015

A University President who REJECTS "correct" speech

A refreshing change

The President of the University of New Hampshire, Mark Huddleston, said in a statement Thursday that the Bias-Free Language Guide the university posted to its website is not the policy of the school. The guide suggested people stop using words like “homosexual,” “Caucasian,” “mothering,” “American,” “overweight,” “dumb” and “illegal immigrant” because their use could be offensive.

“I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use of the term ‘American’ is misplaced or offensive,” Huddleston said. “The only UNH policy on speech is that it is free and unfettered on our campuses. It is ironic that what was probably a well-meaning effort to be ‘sensitive’ proves offensive to many people, myself included.”

George Orwell’s landmark novel on the effects of totalitarianism, “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” asserted that once a word didn’t exist, the idea the word represented could no longer be thought. What Orwell didn’t see is that thought-crime would be instituted through the effort to offend no one. On behalf of all “Americans” who value the freedom of thought and of expression, we hereby declare this language guide to be deeply “dumb.”



Anonymous said...

Once again, political correctness runs amok.

Use the Name, Luke said...

The ability to reason requires the ability to make distinctions. (A is not B. They are similar because of Q, R, and S, but different in X, Y, and Z.) Without the ability to sort and categorize facts about the world around us, we lose the ability to think, becoming nothing more than animals.

The words they're banning are all words describing categories. And not just these specific words. They consistently go after such words. It really does seem like they're trying to reduce us to mere animals, so that they can be more equal than others.

Bird of Paradise said...

The University High Grand Poo Poo Head needs to read something other then The Communists Manifesto and Das Kapital