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03/30/2019 / By Ethan Huff
Amherst College, one of the most liberal institutions of “higher learning” in America today, has unveiled a 40-page speech code for students and faculty that explains what they can and cannot say on campus in order to maintain their political correctness.
Created by Amherst’s “Office of Diversity and Inclusion,” the extensive booklet, entitled, “Common Language Guide,” is a glossary of terms that spells out what types of speech and language the Left deems “acceptable,” as opposed to everything else, which is considered “hate” speech.
Broken down into categories such as “isms,” “race and ethnicity,” “gender identity,” “class,” “politics and policy,” “global power and inequality,” and “disability,” the booklet leaves no form of communication untouched, arguing that strict speech and language guidelines are necessary to create “tolerance.”
“This project emerged out of a need to come to a common and shared understanding of language in order to foster opportunities for community building and effective communication within and across difference,” the booklet explains.
The document further takes aim at “capitalism,” which it describes as “exploitative labor practices” that marginalize “groups disproportionately.” It also chastises “white feminism,” claiming that it’s “predicated upon the erasure of women of color and the ways in which racism and sexism converge and compound one another.”
As far as “equality” goes, the document takes an anti-white perspective, arguing that true equality as any rational person would define it “ignores historical and structural factors that benefit some social groups / communities and harm other social groups / communities.”
And then there’s race, which the document describes as a “social construction,” as opposed to a biological reality. And of course it’s “European (white) scientists” who are responsible for inventing it “to rank humans based on perceived biological differences rooted in appearance, skin tone and ancestral homelands.”
The whole idea of race, it concludes, “is intricately linked with the practice of white supremacy, which continues to have damaging impacts on communities of color globally.”
This so-called “Common Language Guide” is about as authoritarian as it gets, trampling all over free speech and the First Amendment in the name of “inclusion” and “acceptance.” It’s also exactly why President Trump signed an executive order (EO) promising to punish colleges and universities that attempt such tyranny.
Ironically, Amherst unveiled the speech code just one day before Trump signed the EO, illustrating precisely why it needed to be signed in the first place.
“Today, I am proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research dollars,” our Commander-in-Chief stated before a gathering at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place in Maryland this year.
What’s further interesting, and somewhat disturbing is the fact that Amherst’s “Office of Diversity and Inclusion” apparently pulled this stunt without permission, as Amherst President Biddy Martin reportedly rescinded the document just one day after it was published, stating that she had “no prior knowledge” that it was going to be drafted and circulated without permission.
“The ‘Common Language Document’ produced by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and circulated yesterday at Amherst takes a very problematic approach,” Martin revealed in a statement.
“When the approach assumes campus-wide agreement about the meaning of terms and about social, economic, and political matters, it runs counter to the core academic values of freedom of thought and expression,” she added.
When approached for an explanation by The College Fix, Amherst’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion did not offer a response.
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