George Orwell fans will recall that Newspeak linguist Syme took delight in limiting thought by limiting permissible vocabulary. As Syme gushed,
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”
The thought police at Amherst College (tuition: $56,426) take it farther. They dictate what we must think words mean, imposing their malignant ideology through vocabulary definitions. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion has issued a 40-page Common Language Guide, available here. Through the definitions, we learn that even the concept of equality is now insufficiently politically correct:
EQUALITY Treating everyone exactly the same. An equality emphasis often ignores historical and structural factors that beneﬁt some social groups/communities and harm other social groups/communities.
All the animals on the farm are equal. But “oppressed” animals are a lot more equal than you, so bow and show reverence.
Assimilation is also bad:
ASSIMILATION Distancing or dropping of one’s culture, language, values, politics and/or traditions in order to advance and seek to assume the culture and characteristics of the dominant group. This often happens as a response to forms of oppression including but not limited to: xenophobia, racism, cisheteronormativity and religious oppression, among other types of oppression.
Go reda it all, and be sure to check the new definitions of established words, along with the creation of new words
Oppression- A system for gaining, exercising and maintaining structural and institutional power for the beneﬁt of a limited dominant group. Aninequitable system where a select few hold material and social power and marginalized groups are coerced to participate in the system against their best interests. Oppression exists on the individual interpersonal, institutional and ideological levels. There is no such thing as reverse oppression, because oppression is rooted in institutional power
Colorblindness- The ideology that believes the best way to end racial discrimination is through treating individuals the same, regardless of race, culture and ethnicity. This belief, however, ignores historical and structural factors that beneﬁt white people and disadvantage indigenous,black and all other people of color. “Colorblindness” does nothing to address inequity, since it does not acknowledge the impacts of institutional and systemic racism on people of color
Good Freaking Grief!