News broke earlier today that Colorado State has created an inclusive guide that bans the word “America” and “American”. But it turns out that’s not true, according to the chancellor:
COLORADOAN – An “inclusive language guide” created at Colorado State University is drawing ire for listing the word “America” as a word to avoid, but the university says media reports about it are untrue.
Reports from conservative outlets The Blaze and Campus Reform say the guide, compiled by the Inclusive Communications Committee at CSU, discourages people from using words like “America” and “American.”
But CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank said in a Thursday statement that those reports are based on an outdated document — one that does not represent an official policy.
CSU provided its latest version of the guide dated Jan. 14, 2019, which does not include an entry for “America/American.”
The guide does have entries for words and phrases such as “Ladies and Gentlemen,” “Long Time No See,” and “Freshman.”
The draft guide that was reported on at The Blaze and Campus Reform was from last year, according to Frank.
He said it was a consideration by the original authors, but they themselves decided against it:
The Blaze posted this version of the guide, dated October 2018.
“The group of people working on a preliminary draft considered encouraging people to use ‘U.S. citizen’ instead of American when referring to people from the U.S., as there are several geographic regions in the Americas,” Frank wrote. “They decided against this on their own and deleted it before it was finalized or circulated to campus.”
Many of the suggestions in the guide, Frank wrote, have been used for decades and are common sense.
“The facts are that an informal group of CSU staff people who work with students created an internal guide on inclusive language because other staff members asked for it,” Frank wrote in a statement. “It was designed as a free resource for people who were asking for help to avoid saying something unintentionally that might needlessly offend someone with whom they were working.”
Frank’s statement went on to say CSU encourages a climate of free and open debate.
It may weird that they would even consider listing America or American as words to avoid, but they ultimately didn’t which makes this moot.
You can read the official list here, which is dated from this year.