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Stanford Scrambles To Hide List Calling ‘American’ Racist or ‘Harmful’ Language

Despite Stanford’s claims, the debate on the term “Americans” arises not out of racism, but linguistic differences between English and Spanish speakers.

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Stanford University has demanded that citizens of the United States should not be referred to as “Americans,” deeming it harmful and racist language use.

In May, Stanford published an index of offensive words, as part of their “Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative,” which they described as a “multi-phase, multi-year project to address harmful language in IT at Stanford.”

“The goal of the Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative is to eliminate* many forms of harmful language, including racist, violent, and biased (e.g., disability bias, ethnic bias, ethnic slurs, gender bias, implicit bias, sexual bias) language in Stanford websites and code,” the university wrote on its website.

Terms such as “insane” and “crazy” should be avoided for being ableist. You shouldn’t “bury the hatchet” in an argument, as this is cultural appropriation of Native Americans. An outcast can’t be a “black sheep,” or be “blacklisted,” as this gives negative connotations to “black.”

If you accomplish two things at once, you haven’t “killed two birds with one stone,” as this normalises violence against animals. “Hip hip hooray” is also banned as a celebration, with Stanford declaring that “this term was used by German citizens during the Holocaust as a rallying cry when they would hunt down Jewish citizens,” despite the term being centuries older.

Under the section of “imprecise language,” Stanford declared that citizens of the USA should not be called “Americans,” but “US Citizens,” as “this term often refers to people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US is the most important country in the Americas (which is actually made up of 42 countries).”

Following initial discovery of the index of words on Monday, Stanford attempted to cover up the list from public view, by requiring users to login to view it in its entirety.

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The debate on the term “Americans” seems to arise from a linguistical conflict between English and Spanish speakers, and not from a desire to imply that the USA is “the most important country in the Americas,” as Stanford claims.

When English speakers say “America,” they are shortening the full name of the country, the United States of America, but in Spanish, the term refers to both continents of North and South America, which in Spanish, is viewed as one continent.

Spanish speakers refer to the USA as “los Estados Unidos,” dropping the term “America.” Ironically, the official Spanish name for Mexico is “los Estados Unidos Mexicanos,” literally, “the United Mexican States.”

In terms of the denonym, the name of inhabitants of the USA, the English option can only logically be “American.” The Spanish denonym “estadounidense” is used for Americans, which literally translates to “United Statesian,” a much clumsier name in English.

The term “Americano” does exist in Spanish, but has a completely different meaning, and refers to any citizens of countries in the continent of “America,” with Spanish speakers of South American countries commonly referring to themselves as “Americanos.” This is the root of the problem, as there is no singular equivalent translation in English, despite seeming to map onto “American.”

Other languages, such as German, use “America” to refer both to the USA and the continent, leading some Europeans to call American citizens “US-Americans” to avoid ambiguity.

Educational YouTube WonderWhy recommended that people should “respect the language you’re speaking” in order to avoid confusion, instead of applying the Stanford method of demanding that one language use be changed to fit the other.

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    JD

    December 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    This is pathetic.

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      Ruby Sadler

      December 23, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      [ 𝑱𝑶𝑰𝑵 𝑼𝑺 ] 𝑰 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒅 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 $260 𝑼𝑺𝑫 𝒕𝒐 $1200 𝑼𝑺𝑫 𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝑯𝑶𝑼𝑹 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆. 𝑰 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒋𝒐𝒃 3 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉𝒔 𝒂𝒈𝒐 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒋𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝑰 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 $21,000 𝑼𝑺𝑫 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒔. 𝑱𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒆 …
      𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒆’𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒅𝒐…………>>> 𝐖𝐰𝐰.𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐡𝟏.𝐜𝐨𝐦

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    CPO Bill

    December 21, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    I’m a Proud American and a Vet, son of a Vet, dad of a Vet, and spouse of a Vet! F*#K commie Stanford in the biden!

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    hank

    December 21, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    No it is not the democrats are stirring that up.

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    hank

    December 21, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Please help so I don’t lose my home.www.gofundme.com/6r3my-roofing-fund

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    john

    December 21, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    No one should listen to the liberal view points, we are all Americans regardless of what they may say. They are the ones that are racist, dogmatic and myopic. Yet they make their money off of taxpayers in one form or another-grants, donations, tax breaks etc. They all can get bent!

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    Oregon Grown

    December 21, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Im going to kill to birds with on stone.
    Staff and instructors at Stanford are insane and they are now on my blacklist.

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    John R. DeJulius

    December 21, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I am VERY PROUD to be an “AMERICAN” !!! I don’t give a RAT’S BUTT who doesn’t like that !!!! If some sad, pitiful little whiners are offended, that is all the better !!! If more people were proud of our country and heritage, we would be MUCH BETTER OFF !!!!!
    LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT !!!!!!! I would be GLAD to help you pack !!!!!

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