Amherst College backs down on PC ‘language guide’
A politically charged glossary for Amherst College students that disparages capitalism and dictates a broad range of PC gender terms has been withdrawn after campus Republicans howled in protest, saying the Orwellian language guide threatened to stifle free speech.
“It wasn’t the college’s place to tell us what these things meant,” senior Brantley Mayers of the Amherst College Republicans told the Herald. “They were establishing the parameters of speech.”
On Wednesday, the elite Western Massachusetts liberal arts college’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion posted and emailed to students a “Common Language Guide,” a 36-page document containing dozens of politically correct definitions. Then hours later, following complaints, unposted it.
The document defines “capitalism” as a system that “leads to exploitative labor practices, which affect marginalized groups disproportionately.”
“White feminism” is “predicated upon the erasure of women of color and the ways in which racism and sexism converge and compound one another.”
“Homonationalism,” per the document, is used “to explain the ways in which cis-gay and lesbian veterans of the Iraq War were celebrated as proof of American exceptionalism in contrast to racist/orientalist discourse about Iraqi combatants and other people in Central Asia racialized outside of U.S. understandings of whiteness.”