The Federal Reserve, the central banking institution of the United States, is apparently going woke, with an internal memo explaining to employees that they should adopt “bias-free language.” This includes eliminating the term “Founding Fathers” and replacing it with the more generic “founders.”
According to a report by Fox News, the memo states, “Bias-free language recognizes diversity and avoids stereotyping, demeaning, or excluding people on the basis of gender, race, ethnic group, religion, age, ability/disability, or sexual orientation.”
It continues: “Try to avoid words and phrases that may be considered offensive, pejorative, or prejudiced (whether consciously or unconsciously), as these can distract your audience from the ideas/information you’re trying to convey.”
Some of the supposedly “biased terms” that will soon be persona non grata are “blacklist,” “grandfathered” and, most disturbingly, “Founding Fathers.” You know, the men whose faces grace our currency.
Federal employees have now been instructed to use alternative, more politically correct and woke terms like “denied,” “legacy” and “founders.”
Other terminology that’s been deemed inappropriate includes “whitelisted,” “manpower,” “manmade,” and “singular generic pronouns” (he, she, his, hers) and exchange them for the grammatically incorrect they, their and theirs.
A spokesperson has claimed that these reports are essentially untrue and that “the Federal Reserve has no language directives for employees.”
It’s rather shocking to see the organization in charge of the nation’s “monetary policy to promote maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates in the U.S. economy” go in such a radical direction.
Especially when oftentimes the “bias” the woke warriors see in some of our vocabulary doesn’t even exist.
For example, the term “blacklist” supposedly has its origins from a Jacobean age play. The tragedy is apparently pretty wild in terms of its content, including tornados and incest, but it was one of the first to use the term “black list.”
But the rather mundane origins of the term no longer matter. Simply the inclusion of the word “black” has made it seemingly racist, even though that was never really the case.
Twitter has apparently also tried to erase the use of the term blacklist for similar reasons, stating in 2020: “Inclusive language plays a critical role in fostering an environment where everyone belongs. At Twitter, the language we have been using in our code does not reflect our values as a company or represent the people we serve. We want to change that.”
In response to the post, Twitter user Jonathan Horlock wrote, “The term ‘blacklist’ originates from a line in the 1639 Philip Massinger play ‘The Unnatural Combat.’ In the play, Charles II creates a list of people responsible for his father’s death, which he refers to as ‘this black list.’ It has no racial connotations whatsoever!”
What about the term “Founding Fathers?”
It’s a phrase that’s been under attack for a while by those interested in erasing our cultural and political heritage for something a little bit more woke.
In 2005, a book reviewer for The New York Times wrote, “The founding fathers were paranoid hypocrites and ungrateful malcontents. What was their cherished Declaration of Independence but empty political posturing?”
They’ve also been attacked for being a group of white men, with one blogger writing, “Created by an all-white, wealthy, male group of ‘founding fathers,’ the original Constitution was replete with white supremacist ideas designed to protect and prolong the institution of slavery and to exclude all those the ‘fathers’ didn’t deem worthy of citizenship.”
Another issue the woke crowd has with the term Founding Fathers is that it’s sexist. A contributor to the Huffington Post wrote, “Unfortunately it also declared that ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ And it meant just that. In the constitution that followed, women were left out. Not only no vote, but no equal rights of any kind.”
Most of the Founding Fathers were men, but why is it necessary to tear down or diminish their accomplishments simply because of their sex. Isn’t that slightly sexist?
The woke warriors seemingly don’t see the irony.
But that’s where the culture is heading, with every single piece of language being dissected for not being inclusive enough and supposedly having racial undertones, even where none exists or if it runs counter to their own ideology.
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