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University Labels ‘American’ as ‘Harmful Language’

A top American university is scrubbing the word “American” from its websites over safety concerns.

A top American university is scrubbing the word “American” from its websites over safety concerns.

Is "American" a harmful word?

Stanford University urges people to use “U.S. Citizen” instead of “American” because it typically refers to “people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US is the most important country in the Americas.”

Many online have responded to Stanford’s latest posts to call out the absurd change.

“If you are a normal American high school student, Stanford may not be the college for you,” Adam Kissel tweeted.

“I am proud to be an American,” Code of Vets tweeted. “I am proud to have served America. I am proud to stand for our national anthem.”

The university launched its Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative earlier this year, Wall Street Journal reports.

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The woke initiative is described as a “multi-phase, multi-year project to address harmful language in IT at Stanford.”

The term “Karen” should be replaced with “demanding or entitled white woman,” the guide said. The word “brave” shouldn’t be used because of cultural appropriation and it said to use a person’s name instead of “Pocahontas.”

In a section on gendered language, the guide warns against using “preferred pronouns” because “preferred” suggests “non-binary gender identity is a choice and a preference.” Terms like “congresswoman” and “fireman” shouldn’t be used because it doesn’t include everyone.

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The term “trigger warning” shouldn’t be used because of the “violent” nature of the word.

Other words people shouldn’t use include “immigrant,” “prisoner,” and “homeless person,” but instead should be replaced with “person who has immigrated,” “person who is/was incarcerated,” and “person without housing.”

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