A “Bias-Free Language Guide” used by the University of New Hampshire includes “American” in a list of “problematic” words.
“American” joins “illegal alien,” “mothering,” “fathering,” and a collection of other words that are frowned upon by the university, education watchdog Campus Reform reported Tuesday.
The online guide suggests that students who wish to discuss a topic that would require using “American” instead use phrases such as “U.S. citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.”
The guide recommends against the term because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside” the continents of North and South America.
UNH’s “Bias-Free Language Guide” also includes sections on how to navigate “microaggression,” and gender issues. Those aggressions are broken down into the categories “micro-assault,” “micro-insult,” and “micro-invalidation.”
“Micro-aggressions hold a lot of power and especially because of their frequency in our culture. They may appear subtle and harmless, but we must address them if we wish to consider ourselves a truly civil society,” the guide says, suggesting students try to use “micro-affirmations” instead.
President Mark Huddleston, the University of New Hampshire’s president, responded Campus Reform’s story Wednesday after it went viral.
“While individuals on our campus have every right to express themselves, I want to make it absolutely clear that the views expressed in this guide are NOT the policy of the University of New Hampshire. I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use of the term `American’ is misplaced or offensive,” Mr. Huddleston said, The Associated Press reported.
AP reported that the guide was created by students and staff in 2013.
You fucking people have jumped the shark with a triple back flip in your pathetic attempts to instill your socially retarded values on everyone you come into contact with.
Micro aggression my achin' ass.
What a bunch of pussy motherfuckers.
I bet people like me cause you to piss down your leg and tremble uncontrollably.
I am an American and damn proud of it, if you aren't?
GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY COUNTRY!
Don't let the door slam ya on the ass on your way out and don't look back, we do not want or need your useless asses.
You are a detriment to society and not deserving of the privilege of calling yourselves my fellow countrymen.