The tiny tyrants of academia are hard at work at University of Michigan, attempting to dictate changes to the English language on the basis that all whites are racist and must be punished accordingly.
The school has a “Words Matter Task Force” that has declared certain words offensive, such as “picnic” and “brown bag,” reports The College Fix.
The “task force,” whose members must have significant time on their hands, has “evaluated the terms and language conventions that may hinder effective communication, harm morale, and deliberately or inadvertently exclude people from feeling accepted to foment a healthy and inclusive culture.”
As a part of Michigan’s Information and Technology Services, the group has declared that people should avoid using so-called problematic words such as “privileged account,” “handicapped,” “blacklist,” “crazy,” “grandfathered,” and “dummy.”
“Given the importance of communication and the ITS core value of inclusivity, the Words Matter Task Force was formed and charged with identifying terms used within ITS that are, or can be construed to be, racist, sexist, or non-inclusive,” the Words Matter Task Force states in a document that was updated on Dec. 8.
This means not using phrases such as “long time no see,” “crack the whip,” “low man on the totem pole,” “off the reservation,” and “sold down the river.”
Despite the word “picnic” being labeled as offensive by the Words Matter Task Force, even the leftist news company Reuters had to admit that the word “picnic” is “not racist” and “does not originate from the lynchings of African Americans.”
“The word picnic derives from the 17th century French word ‘pique-nique,’ a term used to describe a social gathering in which attendees each contributed with a portion of food or another useful item,” according to David Pilgrim, who has written several books on the history and cultural symbols of the Jim Crow era.
The tech terms “master” and “slave” are of course prohibited. Technopedia defines “master/slave” as a “model of communication for hardware devices where one device has a unidirectional control over one or more devices.”
The guidance also advises people to not use the term “preferred pronouns” and to simply use “pronouns,” an attempt to erase a time when males and females each had scientifically based pronouns.