College That Has a Problem With the Word 'American' Is Un-American

Oh geez. Have you heard recently about how politically correct college campuses are? Even Jerry Seinfeld had something to say about it. Anyway, here is the end-all of college campus political correctness -- the University of New Hampshire declared the term "American" to be offensive


The University of New Hampshire has been trying to distance itself from the "bias-free language guide" that has been linked on its main site ever since conservative news site Campus Reform discovered it. The guide was created by students and staff in 2013, and declared such terms as "American" as "problematic," because "it fails to recognize South America."

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I can't even make this stuff up. Other "problematic" terms included "mothering," "fathering," "the elderly," and "rich people." Because Mothering and Fathering are the bane of our existence! Or something.

Even though the "bias-free language guide" was featured on the main website of the University of New Hampshire for years, the president of the college made a statement disparaging it this week. President Mark Huddleston made it very clear that the guide is not campus policy. He said:

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. 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.

This is such an amazing example of political correctness taken too far. The guide actually recommends against calling "older people, elders, seniors, senior citizens" as such and suggests that they be referred to as "people of advanced age."

Other suggestions include "person of material wealth" instead of rich; "person who lacks advantages that others have" instead of poor; and "people of size" instead of people who are overweight.

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It's beyond ridiculous, in my opinion. All I can say is that I'm glad that the University of New Hampshire president said he didn't condone it ... and I'm also glad that it's been taken down from the college's main page. I'm all for inclusivity, but this sort of thing is just silly. 


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