Students at the University of Manchester demanded that the word “black”, when used as a negative expression, like the word “blackmail”, be banned because it is “divisive”.
The complaint was prompted by an academic study surrounding issues affecting Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) staff and faculty.
Citing concerns of blacks, the report notes that there are “linguistic concerns about associating blacks with negative expressions” such as “blackmail” and “black sheep.”
After the report qualified the use of words including “black” and “divisive and not inclusive,” the university’s student union demanded that “any other use of the word” black “as an adjective to express negative connotations »Be prohibited from searching for articles, course slides and books published by professors.
The students argued that these words were based on “colonial history” and should be abolished in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, lexicographer Jonathon Green pointed out that such claims were completely wrong given that the underlying environment for “identity politics” “was simply not there at the time of the minting.
As in America, many students have been brainwashed into believing that one of the main purposes of going to college is to lobby for speech and words to be banned.
In September, the University of Bristol announced that it would crack down on the language of “food culture and fatphobia” so as not to offend obese people and those with eating disorders.
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