According to recent reports, University of California President Janet Napolitano was behind the recent decision to discourage the school’s faculty from using dozens of potentially offensive words and phrases dubbed ‘microaggressions.’ Far from shunning only openly bigoted or hateful speech, phrases as historically inoffensive as “America is the land of opportunity” are off-limits under the new code.
Staff members were informed of the new standards during a series of training events held across the UC network during the 2014-15 school year. When The College Fix received a copy of the report that resulted from these sessions, its subsequent article exposing the politically correct mandate began to attract social media attention.
Some seized on the fact that, for graduates of the left-leaning UC, banning references to “the land of opportunity” might be appropriate.
Others took their criticism of the Napolitano initiative in a more personal direction.
The list of phrases no longer acceptable on campus includes numerous other examples of what many are denouncing as political correctness run amok. Among them are:
I believe the most qualified person should get the job.
When I look at you, I don’t see color.
Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.
Where are you from or where were you born?
There is only one race, the human race.
UC’s ostensible motivation in implementing the new policy is a desire to cut down on “statements which assert that race or gender does not place a role in life successes.”
Many social media critics, however, identified political correctness as the ultimate objective.
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