This Prestigious Institution is Trying to Cancel America?
If the anti-American agenda of liberal indoctrination camps – aka institutions of higher education – wasn’t common knowledge already, Stanford University made sure to go official with it. The California-based leftist university has declared “American” a harmful word.
Last week, Stanford released a list of words and phrases that it wants to ban from use on campus as part of its so-called Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative. Of the 10 sections of language that Stanford declared harmful, the one called ‘Imprecise Language’ includes the word “American.” The explanation provided by the university’s guide, as cited in media, goes as:
This term often refers to people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US is the most important country in the Americas (which is actually made up of 42 countries).
Base on this dull rationale, the university seeks to replace “American” with “U.S. Citizen” – and proud Americans are not taking it from Stanford.
Appearing on Tucker Carlson’s show, conservative commentator Candace Owens laughed at the Stanford’s list of harmful words and said that colleges these days have become criminal enterprises.
The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) called Stanford’s guide of harmful language “Orwellian” and “rank absurdity driving today’s woke mob.” It wrote:
There is no excuse for this at Stanford or any other institution in this country under any guise.
Pro-American Twitter users strongly reacted to Stanford’s linguistic attack on America. Gabriella Hoffman cited eminent American statesman and former Vice President Daniel Webster as a proud American: “I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.”
Maxwell Meyer recalled not complying with Stanford’s requirements of taking a COVID booster shot and wrote: “Just months after I left, they’re trying to scrub the English language.”
James Lindsay commented that Stanford doesn’t like the word “American” because it unifies instead of dividing into opposites such as liberal against conservative.
Chase Geiser, host of One American Podcast, had a more fiery response to Stanford. In his words: “Well, I am one American, I host One American Podcast, & Stanford can bring its Ivy League pretentiousness with it all the way to Texas to kiss my American ass.”
Among many other words that Stanford’s so-called harmful language guide seeks to remove from use on campus include “grandfather,” “brave,” “prostitute,” “handicapped,” “gentlemen,” “chief,” and many others.
The guide provides alternative words and phrases to replace and in many cases, the alternatives include the original word in part or in entirety. For example, the guide declares the word “senile” as harmful and instead suggests using “person suffering from senility.”
The New York Post reached out to Stanford and was told by the university’s representative that the guidelines were meant solely for “internal use.”
Update: Stanford Walks Back Its Harmful Language Guide