From the Tom Woods Letter:
Amherst College in Massachusetts just did something so ridiculous that it actually had to reverse course, and that never happens.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion posted and emailed to students a 36-page “Common Language Guide.”
You’re probably thinking: another speech code. Been there, done that.
This thing went way beyond that.
It tells students what words are to be taken to mean, and, in effect, how they are to think about them.
We learn that “capitalism” is an economic arrangement that “leads to exploitative labor practices, which affect marginalized groups disproportionately.”
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“White feminism” is described as being “predicated upon the erasure of women of color and the ways in which racism and sexism converge and compound one another.”
“Homonationalism,” a term I’ll bet the quaint and old-fashioned among you have never heard before, is a concept whose purpose is “to explain the ways in which cis-gay and lesbian veterans of the Iraq War were celebrated as proof of American exceptionalism in contrast to racist/orientalist discourse about Iraqi combatants and other people in Central Asia racialized outside of U.S. understandings of whiteness.”
Imagine 36 turgid pages of that.
After an outcry from the relatively small number of ideological dissidents on campus, the college president intervened to say that she had not approved the document, that it unjustly attempted to police thought, and that it was not then and would not in the future be an official college document.