American, grandfather, brave and master: Words Stanford University includes in its index of ‘harmful language’ because they are ‘ableist, sexist or racist’
- Stanford University has published a list of ‘harmful language’ to eliminate
- It says there alternative options for ‘racist, violent and biased‘ terms used
- The initiative will remove the ‘harmful’ words from its IT systems and websites
Published: 08:54 EST, 20 December 2022 | Updated: 14:46 EST, 20 December 2022
Stanford University has published an index of ‘harmful language’ that it wants to eliminate because the terms are ‘ableist, ageist or racist‘ — including the word American — as it calls for US citizen to be used instead.
The University revealed the plan in May, and wants to remove the words from its IT systems and websites, with grandfather, brave and master are also on the list.
The Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative will also aim to educate people about the impact that ‘racist, violent and biased’ words have.
It has listed 10 sections where ‘harmful’ language can occur under the headings: ableist, ageism, colonialism, culturally appropriative, gender-based, imprecise language, institutionalized racism, person-first, violent and additional considerations.