Liberal snowflakes ask white folks not to use the N word. Students object to “scholars” who come to campuses to promote white supremacy, transphobia, and homophobia. Trans and GNC people want correct pronouns used for themselves.
And yet, none of this was censorship. Cultural battlegrounds, yes. Not censorship.
As if to provide a history lesson, the CDC has just been given a list of words NOT to use by HHS. They are:
It does matter why these were chosen and speaks to the increasing stupidification of US politics and the hateful, anti intellectual, anti science, anti humanitarian impulses of our current WH.
But the point I want to make is this: this is actual censorship. When a government agency “recommends” words to use and not use, when they restrict how reports are written, when any population is singled out to be disappeared via language, you’re dealing with actual censorship.
Just to clarify.