‘A countless amount of words and phrases have been marked with a big, red X and defined as non-inclusive…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Colorado State University officials have deemed the common phrase “long time, no see” a discriminatory, non-inclusive slur, according to a student.
In a column for the school’s campus paper, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Katrina Leibee said the school has a list of terms and phrases considered offensive and contrary to the university’s mission of inclusiveness.
Leibee met with Zahra Al-Saloom, director of CSU’s diversity and inclusion program, to go over what exactly is considered unacceptable.
“One of these phrases was ‘long time, no see,’ which is viewed as derogatory towards those of Asian descent,” Leibee wrote.
Administrators also discouraged students from saying “you guys” and opted for the gender neutral “y’all.”
“We were told that the popular term ‘you guys’ was not inclusive of all genders, and we should instead replace it with ‘y’all.’ We were told to use the term ‘first-year’ instead of ‘freshman,’ because ‘freshman’ is not inclusive of all genders,” Leibee wrote.
Al-Saloom told Leibee that she doesn’t want to force inclusive language on students, but rather “educate” them on why it’s important.
“It incorporates identities without the binary,” Al-Saloom said.
Leibee said that CSU’s inclusive culture has gotten too extreme, and that any little thing — even calling a building a “dorm” instead of a “residence hall” — is considered derogatory.
“A countless amount of words and phrases have been marked with a big, red X and defined as non-inclusive. It has gotten to the point where students should carry around a dictionary of words they cannot say,” Leibee said.
When she asked Al-Saloom why “offensive” language should be censored on campus if it’s permitted in the real world, Al-Saloom responded: “CSU abides by the principles of community, and we want to make it an inclusive space.”