If you’re a white heterosexual middle-class young male who’s attending Butler University, don’t register for Political Science 201: Research and Analysis; your perspective is unwanted there. In that class, taught by a black female professor, the students are requested to ignore their “American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality, middle-class status” when they write or speak.
You would think that, when confronted with such obvious racism, sexism, and anti-Americanism, the dean would try to speak with the professor about her inherent prejudice.
But not at Butler.
Jay Howard, dean of Butler’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, condoned the approach:
Sometimes in order to broaden the conversation and broaden the understandings you’ve got to risk making people uncomfortable. There’s nothing about a college education that guarantees you won’t be made uncomfortable. As a matter of fact, if you’re never made uncomfortable in your college education, you’re not really getting a college education.
In the college syllabus which lists the class, it says that students should use “inclusive language” because it’s “a fundamental issue of social justice. Language that is truly inclusive affirms sexuality, racial and ethnic backgrounds, stages of maturity, and degrees of limiting conditions.”
Howard denied that the practice employed by the professor was based on the assumption that every student is a racist or misogynist. He asserted that prejudices are ingrained into the culture and remain there until they are challenged. Howard stated that in twenty years, whites will no longer be the majority, and thus using inclusive language would help students prepare for a changing world.
That’s very kind of him.
“Our language doesn’t make it easy to write in ways that are inclusive,” Howard said. “We don’t have a generic singular, I mean we have he and she. There is no pronoun that is gender-neutral there.”
Untrue. We have “it”, for those who agonize over the fact that men and women are different. But then, with the secular assault on religion, the new Secular Bible will soon be rewritten as: “And Evolution created it in Its Image, in the image of Evolution It created them, it and it Evolution created them.”
Butler University. Where white means bad, male means bad, heterosexual means bad, American means bad.
And the University saw that it was good.