Yet ANOTHER College Has Gone Woke And Published A Book Of Forbidden Phrases….
Well, Michigan State University (MSU) went ahead and put together this "inclusive language guide" that's got people all riled up. They're tellin' folks to steer clear of talkin' about reindeer and Christmas trees, plus a whole heap of other words that don't seem like a big deal to most of us.
The bigwigs at the university are all worried that sayin' things like "rule of thumb" and "cakewalk" might get some students all hot and bothered, thinkin' they're "racist, sexist, or ableist" or somethin'. And, they've gone and thrown ageist language, like "grandfather" and "grandfather clause," into the mix too.
Now, some students and townsfolk reckon these new measures are gonna make folks feel more "included" on campus. But others are throwin' their hands up in the air, sayin' this is a downright infringement on our First Amendment rights.
One fella who supports the whole thing said that people at the university better watch their step and be careful when walkin' down the streets to avoid gettin' the stink eye. On the flip side, someone who ain't a fan of the language guide says it's gonna put a damper on free speech and make professors too scared to chat about touchy subjects that might matter.
The higher-ups at the school are defendin' the language guide, sayin' it ain't no ban, just a bunch of recommendations for folks to consider.
MSU’s ‘Inclusive Guide’ is the word police on steroids. MSU administrators say that these words are deemed “colonial language” and “racist, sexist, or ableist.” How is saying, “eggs” racist? This is supposed to make people feel more comfortable? ? https://t.co/F0hX96er3X pic.twitter.com/t8l8b5kYlJ
— Heather Dow (@PatriotPostGirl) April 1, 2023
FOX 2 Detroit stirred up quite the debate with their report on whether MSU's updated "Inclusive Guide" is clampin' down on free speech or just trying to be more supportin' of diversity. This guide's got a list of words they reckon folks should avoid usin', so nobody ends up feelin' left out or pushed away.
They've even gone so far as to say words like "frontier" and "pioneer" ain't okay, callin' 'em "colonial language" or somethin'. And they're tellin' people to zip their lips about holiday stuff too, so they don't leave non-Christians out in the cold.
This whole shebang raises some mighty important questions 'bout balancin' bein' inclusive with lettin' people speak their minds. Some folks think these new rules will make the campus a friendlier place, while others are worried that it'll end up muzzling in open conversation. As we all try to make heads or tails of this, let's remember the importance of protecting our freedom of speech and our pursuit of knowledge.