Who Decides What Constitutes ‘Freedom of Speech’ on College Campuses and For Which Groups Do Banned Words Apply?
After watching this video from Stephen Crowder, I demand that the word ‘short’ be placed on the list of ‘unacceptable words’. It makes people who are not at least average in height feel badly about their height deficiency. Do you think I am being too sensitive? Well, that’s too bad. It seems as if descriptive words could hurt a person’s feelings, they could be placed on such a list which is decided by a committee which restricts freedom of speech. From louderwithcroder.com:
The University of Michigan took some pretty big steps toward stifling free speech on its campus this month with its “Inclusive Language” program. They’ve even gone as far as to create a list of “unacceptable words”. Just how important is the 1st amendment to students today. I’m pretty sure that after watching the video, you’ll feel more compelled to protect the 1st amendment than ever before!
In the spirit of true inclusivity, then, words used by politicians, NGOs, bureaucrats, educators who support education reform such as Common Core, data gathering on human capital (students), accountability measures, etc to describe those who disagree with them should be banned as well:
- Tin foil hat wearers
- White suburban moms
If inclusivity is the authentic goal and if these words hurt the feelings of anti-common core advocates, then the pro-Common Core folks should be shamed into not using those hurtful words, right? No one should be excluded from the freedom of speech police list. It’s only ‘fair’.