The University of Michigan is helpfully alerting student to the next wave of forbidden words that are suddenly deemed racist, including “picnic,” and “brown bag.”
That’s right, folks, you can no longer have a picnic or pack your lunch in a brown bag because that makes you raaaaaacist.
The report outlining the latest forbidden, wrong think words was published this month by the university’s Words Matter Task Force which “evaluated the terms and language conventions that may hinder effective communication, harm morale, and deliberately or inadvertently exclude people from feeling accepted to foment a healthy and inclusive culture.” The task force now advises that people should avoid using problematic words such as “privileged account,” “handicapped,” “blacklist,” “crazy,” “grandfathered,” and “dummy.”
The school’s Information and Technology Services department, which created this absurd task force, claims to be a “trusted enabler of technology for the U-M community.” The group claims that by “using inclusive language, ITS is able to design and build better tools and services to meet customers’ needs.”
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“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,” the task force stated in its 10-page document published on Dec. 8.
The task force told student not to say “long time no see,” “crack the whip,” “low man on the totem pole,” “off the reservation,” and “sold down the river.”
Even though the task force claimed “picnic” is offensive, a Reuters fact-check article stated that the word is “not racist” and “does not originate from the lynchings of African Americans.”
“The word picnic derives from the 17th century French word ‘pique-nique,’ a term used to describe a social gathering in which attendees each contributed with a portion of food or another useful item,” according to Dr David Pilgrim, author of several books on the history and cultural symbols of the Jim Crow era,” Reuters wrote
This so-called “Information and Technology Services” even tried to eliminate typical techno terms such as “master” and “slave.” Technopedia defines “master/slave” as a “model of communication for hardware devices where one device has a unidirectional control over one or more devices.”
The school’s report also says that people, should now stop saying “preferred pronouns” and to simply call them “pronouns.”
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