First They 'Cancelled' Our History, Now Progressives Targeting Our Language

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:45

A new list of words compiled by CBC Ottawa was broken down by "anti-racism and language experts" in an article released on Tuesday. Many of the terms were relatively harmless.

Experts noted that using these words "doesn't automatically make you a bad person," as the racist etymologies are not apparent in most cases.

"It's not so much about political correctness, I think it is about empirical accuracy and ... if somebody really calls us out on a particular word, we need to stop and say, 'It's not about me,'" insisted Ottawa-based consultant Jas Kalra.

Anti-racism trainer Joseph Smith maintained that the terms are not all negative, but some words like "blackmail" and "blacklist" use Black in a negative way that lowers the status of Black people. "[It] connotes evil, distrust, lack of intelligence, ignorance, a lack of beauty — the absence of white."

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The CBC lists several words in their article, including the following: Ghetto, blackmail, gypped, powwow, crippled, blind spot, first-world problem, lame, spirit animal, grandfathered in, tone deaf, blindsided, black sheep, tribe, spooky, savage, brainstorm, and to sell someone down the river.

Terms such as "ghetto" and "inner city" have clear historical negative connotations, noted Smith, saying that "Ghettos and inner cities were typically seen to be places where less refined people lived — the people who weren't up to date culturally, development-wise" while suburbs were seen as the safer counterpart to inner cities.

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The term spooky also has negative connotations related to race, as the term "spook" was used during World War II to refer to Black soldiers.

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Meanwhile, the term "grandfathered in" should not be used due to its connection to a 19th-century policy that "indirectly stopped Black Americans from voting by limiting eligibility to only those whose ancestors could vote." The phrase also re-enforces the patriarchy.

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"A patriarchal family having supreme power over how things operate and manifest, and possessing all the power and autonomy to make decisions and dictate the course of the future," stated Smith.

"It's reinscribing the idea of a male-dominated society or world."

Terms like "lowest on the totem pole" and "savage," as well as "spirit animal," "powwow," and "tribe" should all also be blacklisted from everyday use. "Savage" was even called the Indigenous "N-word" by educator Douglas Stewart.

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An Indigenous educator is asking clothing franchise Urban Planet to remove its line of T-shirts that feature the word "savage."

"It's important to understand that for Indigenous people, this word is our N-word," expressed Douglas Stewart, an Indigenous teacher at Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton.

"And if we had swapped that out and had the N-word on any color shirt whatsoever, anywhere across this land, this would never have made it to the store, it wouldn't, it wouldn't fly at all."

Stewart, of the Sylix/Okanagan Nation said the word "savage" is a derogatory term because it was used to describe Indigenous people when they were being colonized in North America.

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