If liberals aren’t going to officially abolish the First Amendment, they’re certainly planning on abolishing it in spirit. And here is how it starts.
At James Madison University in Virginia, incoming freshmen were introduced to a list of “dumb” things they should avoid saying – because they might be considered racist or sexist or homophobic or Islamophobic or, jeez … something.
The phrases are taken from a leftist screed called “35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say that Widen the Diversity Gap,” which is currently the 53,248th most popular book on Amazon, so I’m sure it reaps dozens and dozens of dollars every year in royalties for Dr. Maura Cullen.
Phrases like “I know exactly how you feel,” or calling someone “cute” are a no-no, as are telling someone they have a “pretty face” and saying someone is a “good person,” The College Fix is reporting.
School officials insist that the list (below) isn’t some sort of rule, but merely a suggestion … an “exercise,” according to JMU’s director of communication Bill Wyatt.
“This was just an exercise, prior to orientation, to get our volunteers to understand how language affects others,” Wyatt said. “The list was not distributed to our first-year students nor were the volunteers instructed not to use the phrases.” (By the way, the term “freshmen” is also offensive and sexist. Instead, schools are using “first-year students.”)
Still, page one of the handout tells school officials to “use the handout as a resource” to accomplish the “goal” of creating a “safe and inclusive environment for first-year students.”
Here are the 35 “dumb” expressions that freshmen at JMO are no longer supposed to say.
- “Some of my best friends are …”
- “I know exactly how you feel.”
- “I don’t think of you as …”
- “The same thing happens to me too.”
- “It was only a joke! Don’t take things so seriously.”
- What do ‘your’ people think.”
- “What are you?” or “Where are you really from?”
- “I don’t see color” or “I’m color blind.”
- “You are so articulate.”
- “It is so much better than it used to be. Just be patient.”
- “You speak the language very well.”
- Asking black people about their hair or hygiene.
- Saying to LBGTQ people “what you do in the privacy of your own bedroom is your business.”
- “Yes, but you are a ‘good’ one.”
- “You have such a pretty face.”
- “I never owned slaves.”
- “If you are going to live in this country, learn to speak the language!”
- “She/he is a good person. She/he didn’t mean anything by it.”
- “When I’ve said the same thing to other people like you, they don’t mind.”
- Calling women “girls, honey, sweetie pie” or other familiar terms.
- When people of color say, “It is not the same thing.”
- When people of faith say, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”
- When white men say, “We are the ones being discriminated against now!”
- Referring to older people as “cute.”
- Asking a transgender person, “What are you really? A man or a woman?”
- Referring to the significant other, partner, or spouse of a same gender couple as their “friend.”
- “Why do ‘they’ (fill in the blank) always have to sit together? They are always sticking together.”
- “People just need to pick themselves up by their bootstraps.”
- People with disabilities are “courageous.”
- “That’s so gay/queer. That’s so retarded.”
- “I don’t see difference. We are all part of the same race, the human race.”
- I don’t care if you are pink, purple or orange, I treat all people the same.”
- Asking a transgender person, “Have you had the operation.”
- Saying to a Jewish person, “You are so lucky to have ‘your’ Christmas spread over a week!”
- “Here’s another book on political correctness.”