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Is Saying “American” Now a Problem on Campus? (National Radio Commentary, Salem/Townhall) August 27, 2015

Posted by daviddavenport in Op/Eds.

This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for Townhall.com

A faculty and student committee at the University of New Hampshire has published a “Bias Free Language Guide” and boy (oops I can’t say that), is it a doozy!

“American” is a problematic word there now, along with mothering, fathering, illegal alien, older people, rich person and poor person.  As an older, rich American who has done his share of fathering, I’d be in real trouble there.

Speech codes have been a problem on college campuses in recent years.  In order to promote political correctness, these codes limit First Amendment free speech.  And even when they aren’t mandatory, such as the one in New Hampshire, they limit the terms of debate.  How can you really discuss immigration, for example, if you can’t talk about Americans or illegal aliens?

Unfortunately, limiting debate is the point.  The Committee that drafted this admitted they were trying to get at “the truths of hierarchy and oppression.”

Colleges need to be open to broad ideas and language as tools of learning.

I’m David Davenport.

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