Stanford University is facing extensive backlash after recently publishing a list of words deemed by the school’s IT department to be “offensive or harmful.”
Dozens of terms, including “American,” “normal person,” and “white paper,” made their way onto the list. It was released as part of the IT department’s “Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative,” which is described as a “multi-phase, multi-year project.”
The guide features three columns–the prohibited terms, their woke replacements, and ridiculous attempts at justifying why the original words are “harmful.”
According to the project’s website, which has since been password protected by the university, the project aims to “eliminate many forms of harmful language, including racist, violent, and biased language in Stanford websites and code.”
Young America’s Foundation reached out to Stephen Sills, who leads a conservative organization on campus, for his thoughts. He expressed disappointment in the university’s decision, adding that the situation seems more like something out of George Orwell’s 1984 than something that’s actually happening at a prestigious American university.
“The language changes in the ‘harmful language’ guide are beyond shocking,” Sills remarked. “They reflect a fact we’ve known about the American university system for a long time, which is that they’re always more concerned with coddling their students than with actually preparing them for the real world,” he continued.
Sills and his fellow campus conservatives are planning to organize a campus lecture featuring one of Young America’s Foundation’s premiere conservative speakers for the coming semester. In years past, YAF has helped bring speakers, including Ben Shapiro, Governor Scott Walker, Dinesh D’Sousa, and Vice President Mike Pence, to Stanford.
“We look forward to ensuring that Stanford can live up to its motto, as ‘a place where the winds of freedom blow,'” Sills added.