To be politically correct is to hate everything about traditional America. Therefore, the very word “American” is considered a thought crime at the University of New Hampshire — along with a long list of other concepts that educators would prefer did not exist, or that should be referenced only with euphemisms:
“American,” “illegal alien,” “foreigners,” “mothering,” and “fathering” are just a handful of words deemed “problematic” by the University of New Hampshire’s Bias-Free Language Guide.
According to the university’s website, the guide “is meant to invite inclusive excellence in [the] campus community.”
To be “inclusive” is to rigidly exclude anything disfavored by the thought police.
The guide defines words such as “homosexual” as “problematic,” offering “Same Gender Loving” as a more inclusive substitute.
Not only words, but even restroom facilities can be thought crimes:
Similarly, a lack of gender-neutral bathrooms is, according to the university, “ciscentrism.”
Gender-neutral locker rooms are also required to avoid the charge of ciscentrism.
On campus, our very nationality is politically incorrect:
Saying “American” to reference Americans is also problematic. The guide encourages the use of the more inclusive substitutes “U.S. citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.”
The guide notes that “American” is problematic because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].”
Sorry, that reason doesn’t pass the laugh test, even by “higher education” standards.
Maybe by prohibiting the word for us, they can cause us not exist. Our government is using the same technique to fight the Muslim terrorism epidemic. If it catches on, look for many other words to be banned, including “Caucasian [whoops, that one is already on the list],” “Christian,” “patriotic,” “self-reliant,” “decent,” “healthy [already on the list too],” et cetera. Longer terms facing future bans on grounds of political incorrectness might include “anything whatsoever that is worthy of respect.”
Today’s lesson: there is no such thing as an American.
On tips from DinaRehn and J.