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University determines saying America is not offensive, but calling someone straight or male is 

A university in Colorado is being mocked by conservatives online after a document put together by staff suggested that terms like ‘America,’ ‘American,’ ‘straight,’ and ‘male’ may be offensive.

Colorado State University reacted last week to reports that it was considering discouraging people from using the terms listed in a document titled ‘Inclusive Language Guide.’

The document, a draft version of which is available online, suggests that the word ‘American’ or ‘America’ should be avoided because ‘the Americas encompass a lot more than the United States.’

It notes that the term ‘Americas’ incorporates North, Central, and South America.

Staff at Colorado State University earlier this year put together a draft document which suggested that the term ‘America’ and ‘American’ ought to be avoided. The image above shows the campus in Fort Collins, Colorado

‘Yet, when we talk about “Americans” in the United States, we’re usually just referring to people from the United States.

‘This erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.’

The document suggests that the replacement term that ought to be used instead of ‘American’ is ‘U.S. citizen’ or ‘person from the U.S.’

Updated versions of the document did not include ‘America’ or ‘American,’ but it did recommend that people avoid ‘male’, ‘female,’ ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’, according to Fox News.

‘Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,’ the document reads. 

‘In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender. 

‘In these cases, using gender identity terms is preferred.’

It also suggests that people use ‘heterosexual’ instead of ‘straight’ since ‘straight…implies that anyone LGBT is “crooked” or not normal.’ 

Among other words and terms that the document recommends avoiding are ‘basket case,’ ‘birth defect,’ ‘the blind,’ ‘the deaf,’ ‘eye for an eye,’ ‘colored,’ ‘dwarf,’ ‘midget,’ ‘hip hip hooray!,’ ‘illegal immigrant,’ and others.

The draft began to gain attention on social media and on conservative web sites who said this was the latest example of a ‘liberal bias’ across the nation’s college campuses.

House Rep. Doug Lamborn, the Republican congressman who represents Colorado¿s 5th congressional district, was outraged

House Rep. Doug Lamborn, the Republican congressman who represents Colorado’s 5th congressional district, was outraged

Jim Stone tweeted: ¿Just don¿t say ¿America¿ while you¿re there. ¿The CSU narcissist, pc, elites might go berserk. Shameful!'

Jim Stone tweeted: ‘Just don’t say “America” while you’re there. ‘The CSU narcissist, pc, elites might go berserk. Shameful!’

¿After reading your ridiculous ¿inclusive language guide¿ CSU won¿t get one more $ from me,¿ tweeted an angry Twitter user

‘After reading your ridiculous “inclusive language guide” CSU won’t get one more $ from me,’ tweeted an angry Twitter user

Another Twitter user tweeted that the university ¿should be closed down for offending America and all American citizens...they are acting like homeland terrorists.¿

Another Twitter user tweeted that the university ‘should be closed down for offending America and all American citizens…they are acting like homeland terrorists.’

Another Twitter user said: 'No way my kid goes to a "hate America first" school'

Another Twitter user said: ‘No way my kid goes to a “hate America first” school’

House Rep. Doug Lamborn, the Republican congressman who represents Colorado’s 5th congressional district, was outraged.

He tweeted on July 18: ‘Wow! [CSU]’s Inclusive Coms Task Force decided that America is a word so “offensive” it should not be spoken.

‘I’m #ProudtobeanAmerican.

‘All Americans from all walks of life should be able to say they’re proud of their country.’

Lamborn ended the tweet with the hashtags #ColoradoStateUniversity. He also tagged the president, Donald Trump.

Others on social media also express outrage.

‘After reading your ridiculous “inclusive language guide” CSU won’t get one more $ from me,’ tweeted an angry Twitter user.

Another Twitter user tweeted: ‘The new “speech code” at CSU is a joke.

‘You’re no longer supposed to say “America” or “American” or “Ladies” or “Gentlemen,” “Male” or “Female” on campus.

‘I want to go back to school just so I can get myself kicked out.

‘We’ve lost our collective minds.’

Jim Stone tweeted: ‘Just don’t say “America” while you’re there.

‘The CSU narcissist, pc, elites might go berserk. Shameful!’

Tony Frank, the system chancellor at Colorado State, said the draft document is 'outdated' and does not reflect official policy

Tony Frank, the system chancellor at Colorado State, said the draft document is ‘outdated’ and does not reflect official policy

¿The group of people working on a preliminary draft considered encouraging people to use ¿U.S. citizen¿ instead of American when referring to people from the U.S., as there are several geographic regions in the Americas,¿ Frank wrote. ¿They decided against this on their own and deleted it before it was finalized or circulated to campus'

‘The group of people working on a preliminary draft considered encouraging people to use “U.S. citizen” instead of American when referring to people from the U.S., as there are several geographic regions in the Americas,’ Frank wrote. ‘They decided against this on their own and deleted it before it was finalized or circulated to campus’

Another Twitter user tweeted that the university ‘should be closed down for offending America and all American citizens…they are acting like homeland terrorists.’

Twitter user Berni Ayers said the proposed change was ‘PC insanity’ and that if the school adopted it, she would ‘stop sending them money.’

In response to the online backlash, university administrators put out a statement clarifying that the document was merely a draft and that none of the phrases listed there have been banned.

Tony Frank, the system chancellor at Colorado State, said the document is ‘outdated’ and does not reflect official policy.

‘The group of people working on a preliminary draft considered encouraging people to use “U.S. citizen” instead of American when referring to people from the U.S., as there are several geographic regions in the Americas,’ Frank wrote.

‘They decided against this on their own and deleted it before it was finalized or circulated to campus.

‘The facts are that an informal group of CSU staff people who work with students created an internal guide on inclusive language because other staff members asked for it,’ Frank wrote in a statement.

‘It was designed as a free resource for people who were asking for help to avoid saying something unintentionally that might needlessly offend someone with whom they were working.’

Frank’s statement said that CSU encourages a climate of free and open debate. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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