Zahra Al-Saloom, director of diversity and inclusion at Colorado State University (CSU), shared with one of the school’s student journalists, Katrina Leibee, a list of terms and phrases considered by the university to be off limits because they are non-inclusive.
On that list is the phrase “long time, no see” because it could be considered derogatory to those of Asian descent. Also, the university advises that the term “you guys” should be replaced with “y’all” and the word “freshman” should be nixed in favor of “first year.”
Writes Leibee in CSU’s The Rocky Mountain Collegian, “A countless amount of words and phrases have been marked with a big, red X and defined as non-inclusive. It has gotten to the point where students should carry around a dictionary of words they cannot say.”
Leibee believes that it should be up to individual students and not the school administration to decide which words should be off limits and adds, “We should all consider the possibility that these words were not a problem until we made them a problem. These phrases were not exclusive until we decided they were.”
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