A now-removed “Bias Free Language Guide” by the Community, Equity and Diversity department at the University of New Hampshire was designed to promote a more inclusive campus environment. The guide deemed many commonly used terms ‘problematic’, providing a more politically correct term to use instead. Some of the words deemed ‘problematic’ include “senior citizen”, “obese”, “American”, and “homosexual”. Respectively, the ‘preferred’ terms for each item are “person of advanced age”, “person of size”, “U.S. citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.”, and “same gender loving”.
According to Campus Reform, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston condemned the language guide, declaring that he is “troubled by many things.” Despite the language guide being removed, the university still provides training on how to be a good ally in “safe zones” and learning to become a “Social Justice Educator.”
Below is a list of words the department deemed ‘problematic’ with the preferred term listed underneath.
Problematic: older people, elders, seniors, senior citizen
Preferred: people of advanced age
Problematic: poor person, poverty-stricken person
Preferred: person living at or below the poverty line, people experiencing poverty
Preferred: person of material wealth
Problematic: obese, overweight people
Preferred: people of size
Problematic: blind person
Preferred: person who is visually impaired
Problematic: handicapped, physically-challenged
Preferred: wheelchair user, person who is wheelchair mobile
Preferred: U.S. citizen or Resident of the U.S.
Problematic: Caucasian people
Preferred: White people, European-American individuals
Problematic: Guys (when referring to people overall)
Preferred: Folks, People, You All, Y’all
Problematic: Opposite Sex
Preferred: Other Sex
Problematic: Girlie or Tomboy
Preferred: Children who are gender non-conforming, Children who are gender variant
Preferred: same gender loving
Problematic: illegal alien
Preferred: undocumented immigrant, person seeking asylum, refugee
Preferred: international people
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