It what could very well be placed in the all-time top list of political correctness gone too far, the University of Tennessee in Knoxville was rushed into damage control this weekend after their gay rights official proclaimed last week a new language was necessary to make the 27,400 students feel “inclusive.”
This weekend a university spokesperson released a “clarification of the statements that have been made referring to gender-neutral language. There is no mandate or official policy to use the language. The information provided in our Office of Diversity and Inclusion newsletter was offered as a resource to our campus community on inclusive practices. We recognize that most people prefer to use the pronouns he and she; we do not dictate speech.”
“This is about as foolish as when, somewhere on the west coast, their language was changed so that the term ‘pet owner,’ was no longer allowed, but a ‘pet guardian’ was appropriate,” was the response from one student on her Twitter account. “This PC crap is outrageous.”
“It was embarrassing enough when the University honored Al Gore,” said Dillion MacDonald, a Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow leader who spoke of the former Vice President’s 2010 award. “First he got a Nobel prize although he didn’t bring peace, now he’s getting an honorary degree for scaring Americans with flawed science. He flies in private jets, just bought another mansion, yet tells working people their houses are too large, their showers too warm, their cars too fast and our economy too free. We should give him a doctors in hypocrisy.”
The university’s Pride Center leader, Donna Braquet, wrote the guidelines taking out the words “he” and “she” a replacing them with “ze” and “xe.” The Pride Center’s web page included a lengthy table establishing the proper alternatives to common nouns. Her instructions included instructing professors, counselors, and staff members not to call roll in class, but instead greet each student by asking them to announce their name and pronoun of preference.
In recent years, liberals in academia and in other disciplines have been criticized for their extreme political correctness. A national college sorority, Phi Beta Pi, in an effort to raise money to help educate needy children, were called out for holding an annual all-you-can-eat taco fundraiser annually to close to the fifth of May, or Cinco de Mayo.
After a rodeo clown work an Obama mask, the Missouri State Fair banned him from performing again. The state commission insisted all clowns take “sensitivity training” before the Rodeo Cowboy Association could participate in future fair events.
The City of Seattle employees are prohibited from using the words “citizen” and “brown bag” because they are possibly offensive.
“None of us expect a life where we will never be offended or sheltered from conflict or hurt feelings,” observes author Jay Karlson.” However, many self-appointed saviors are trying to make this a reality, through aggressive speech codes, legal rulings and corporate policies.”
“Political Correctness (PC) originally flowered in academia and spread like a virus through the government and corporate worlds,” he continued. “It has devolved into a tyranny of the most offended person in the room. PC complaints now range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and they are stifling the honest assessment, and debate, of issues in our lives.”
Tennessee state senator Mae Beavers (R), told Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, that actions of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville was “the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. If you must interview a student before you greet the student, that’s not acceptance – that’s just absurd.”
“His and hers is no longer good enough at the University of Tennessee – where they are willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of gender inclusivity – including common sense,” wrote Starnes.
Myron Bercham, who said many of his family are UT alumni, stated, the university has “seen their last dime from any of us and when they call asking for more donations, they are going to get a piece of our minds.”
“The college’s mission is education not propaganda,” Bercham added. “They are not going to command us how to talk or what not to say.”
“With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all,” Braquet wrote in her official memo posted on the university website. “One way to do that is to use a student’s chosen name and their correct pronouns.”
“In the first weeks of classes, instead of calling roll, ask everyone to provide their name and pronouns,” she continued. “This ensures you are not singling out transgender or non-binary students.”
The speech codes were released by the university’s “office for diversity and inclusion” on Wednesday, and includes such concocted words such as “zhem” in place of them, “hirs” instead of hers, and “xem” instead of him.
“The idea a child would want to be called by a gender neutral term is absolutely ridiculous,” Senator Beavers commented. “It’s getting so crazy in this country. This isn’t inclusion. This is the radical transformation of our lives and language.”