Thank God we still live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave” and our free speech is still protected in the Constitution—at least for now. So I will gladly exercise my rights as a proud American and share my opinions on recent developments that seem to reflect political correctness gone wild and should raise concerns about your future freedoms.
Let me say I was appalled at the attacks on free speech I saw coming from public universities and a TV commentator in the four items below—and I’m concerned where this is headed. What do you think?
1. It is ironic that the motto for New Hampshire is “Live Free or Die,” which is widely viewed as an expression of assertive American independence.
A story last week from The Daily Caller notes that the University of New Hampshire (a public university) has issued a Bias-Free Language Guide. The story notes that the guide describes the word “American” as “problematic,” because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside” land masses—North America, South America and Central America—with the word “America” in their names. “The UNH language guide decrees that language users should say ‘U.S. citizen’ or ‘resident of the U.S.’ instead.” You can no longer call yourself “an American.”
According to the newspaper, the guide instructs one to say:
“European-American individuals” instead of “Caucasian”; but using “black” for black people is OK.
“Using the words ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ is also wrong now,” The Daily Caller reports. “Instead of ‘rich,’ the UNH language police insist, speakers need to say the totally different ‘person of material wealth.’ Instead of ‘poor,’ it’s the completely not-the-same 11 words: ‘low economic status related to a person’s education, occupation and income.’” (This is no joke.)
The DC continues, “‘Senior citizen’ is bad but ‘people of advanced age’ is good; and the words ‘illegal alien,’ ‘manpower,’ ‘freshmen,’ ‘mailman’ and ‘chairman’ are never acceptable, according to UNH. And forthwith ‘foreigners’ must be ‘international people.’”
The article said, “The goal of the politically-correct UNH Bias-Free Language Guide is ‘to invite inclusive excellence’ on the public campus.” Sounds to me like it is expelling folks from “living free.” UNH President Mark Huddleston spun a statement saying that the guide is “NOT the policy of the University of New Hampshire.”
2. Let’s travel to the Left Coast where University of California System President Janet Napolitano is being PC. The Daily Caller wrote about her training sessions for some faculty on “microaggressions” or phrases that offend. The story states, “One of the largest categories of microaggressions are those that that promote the ‘myth of meritocracy.’ According to the document, this ‘myth’ is spread by statements such as ‘America is the land of opportunity,’ ‘I believe the most qualified person should get the job,’ and ‘Affirmative action is racist.’” It said, “Other examples, according to the guide, include describing America as a ‘melting pot’ (it orders people to assimilate) and stating that ‘there is only one race, the human race’ (denying the significance of a person’s ethnic or racial history).”
Does this crazy lady really think “Americans” are going to stop saying America is the land of opportunity (because it is) or that the most qualified person should get the job (because they should)? This is insanity.
3. But Napolitano isn’t done yet, according to The Washington Post. She has changed the application for all 10 campuses of the University of California System so students “have the option of signaling their sexual orientation and any of a number of gender identities before they even arrive on campus.” The article says they have six options for gender (but you can only choose one.): male, female, trans male/trans man, trans female/trans woman, genderqueer/gender non-conforming, or different identity. The next question is, “What sex were you assigned at birth, such as on an original birth certificate? Male or Female.”
The Post says this all comes “at a time of rapid change for gender identity politics.” That’s what is driving this—politics. And why does Napolitano only care about learning of these preferences for inclusiveness? Why doesn’t the form ask their political party, or ask their religion, or if they “feel” black or white? (You remember Caucasian Rachel Dolezal, former head of the local NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, who told a KREM reporter, “So, if asked, I would say, yes, I consider myself to be black.”)
4. The final icing on the cake is comments on MSNBC by Danielle Moodie-Mills, who is an “NBC BLK Contributor.” (What is that?) She actually said, “We need to stop misgendering people in the media, and there needs to be some type of fine that’s put into place for outlets, for media outlets—that could be print, online, radio or what have you—that decide they’re just not going to call people by their name. And they’re going to misgender them just because they can. We’ve seen it all over the place, and it’s ridiculous. There are guidelines that have been put in place by GLAAD that have been put out to all press outlets, and if you don’t follow them, you should be fined by the FCC. It should be that serious.”
Are you kidding me? Being in the media, Ms. Moodie-Mills should know the FCC only has regulation over licenses they grant for TV and radio, but not for any print media. Plus, this is not Iran or Russia.
I would like her to find one media outlet that would agree with her position on fines. She won’t because they are so ridiculous. I think Ms. Moodie-Mills should consider herself lucky the FCC can’t fine TV contributors for saying stupid things on air—because I suspect it would have cost her a million-dollar fine for that asinine remark.
Are you as shocked as I am by these opinions and actions by the PC police (liberals and socialists who have become more prevalent and bold in recent years, led by President Barack Obama)? They want government to run our lives, control our speech and tell us we can no longer call ourselves “Americans” who live in the “land of opportunity.”
No way. Let me make this American’s position very clear—and I apologize if I offend anyone—by using the exact words of University of California President Napolitano when facing protesters a few months ago: “We don’t have to listen to this crap.” Back atcha, Janet.