In the curriculum and academic references of the University of Southern California, the word ‘field’ has been removed due to its alleged “racist” implications.
Anti-racism measures have led the university to replace phrases like “field of study” with “practicum.”
“This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that would be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favour of inclusive language,” the University said a letter detailing the new policy.
“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,” it argued.
“We are committing to further align our actions, behaviors, and practices with anti-racism and anti-oppression, which requires taking a close and critical look at our profession – our history, our biases, and our complicity in past and current injustices,” the letter continued.
Apparently, the university believes that white men or women have never worked in a field since the dawn of time.
In a statement, the university’s social department said the change was needed to “reject white supremacy, anti-immigrant and anti-blackness ideologies” as well as to provide social work students with the ability to “understand and embody social and racial justice.”
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In a commentary on the decision, Summit News reported “In other words, eliminating completely harmless words because they may offend a handful of idiotic imbeciles is a key component of the university’s struggle session factory line, which must produce a steady stream of brainwashed language police cadets to rule over our new woke dystopia.”
As we previously highlighted, Stanford University proposed adding the term “American” to a blacklist with other ‘harmful’ words, reasoning that it is ‘too U.S.-centric’ and not inclusive enough of other countries.
According to the outlet, Stanford had to withdraw the policy; although now it is a norm for supposed higher education institutions to attempt to ban common words and phrases in the name of wokeness.
It was announced last year that an arts college in Waltham, Massachusetts banned the use of words or phrases it deemed offensive or racist, replacing them with non-offensive substitutes.
According to Summit, “The elimination of words is inspired by George Orwell’s 1984 and Newspeak, in which the permissible vocabulary range was steadily reduced in order to control thought.”
Power over language equates to power over reality, and this is why woke progressives are hell-bent on limiting the range of acceptable words in the name of political correctness.
“USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is joining other universities in making this change,” a school representative told Fox News.
“I understand that this decision was made by the Office of Practicum Education out of a desire to more accurately describe its work,” Vassilios Papadopoulos, the interim dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, said. “Because the Office is not an academic department, its name change was not subject to a formal review process. The university does not maintain a list of ‘banned’ or discouraged words. As an institution of higher education, we will continue to use words – including the word ‘field’ – that accurately encompass and describe our work and research, while also continuing our efforts to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all.”