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Let’s say you are at a social gathering and someone asks what sort of work you do? You might tell them that you are a scientist and your field of study is genetics.
But that would be a big cultural no-no at the University of Southern California. The School of Social Work there is telling people to avoid the word “field.”
They say working in a field may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign.
“Specifically, we have decided to remove the term ‘field’ from our curriculum and practice and replace it with ‘practicum,'” read a letter from the university obtained by Fox News. “This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that would be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language.”
The university fired off a letter letting folks know that the word “field” has been replaced with the more inclusive word “practicum.”
Their decision comes from a commitment to replace language that might be considered to be anti-Black or anti-immigrant.
I suspect it won’t be long before they ban fried chicken from the dining hall and soon students will no longer be allowed to wear clothing made of cotton.
“Language can be powerful, and phrases such as ‘going into the field’ or ‘field work’ maybe have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign,” the letter continued.
So, what are they going to call that great big patch of grass that the Trojans play football on every Saturday?