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University of Michigan Claims Words ‘Picnic,’ ‘Brown Bag’ Are Offensive

The University of Michigan’s “Words Matter Task Force” (WMTF), created by the university’s Information & Technology Services (ITS) Department, has unilaterally decreed that it finds more than two dozen words and phrases offensive to people.

Included in the list of the offensive words are including “picnic,” “brown bag” and “blacklist,” among others.

“To effectively communicate with customers, it is important for ITS to evaluate the terms and language conventions that may hinder effective communication, harm morale, and deliberately or inadvertently exclude people from feeling accepted to foment a healthy and inclusive culture,” the pseudo task force said in a memo. Read more…

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