Calling US Citizens ‘American’ Is ‘Harmful Language’ Says New Stanford Guide

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Stanford University has published a ‘harmful language’ guide that outlines words and phrases it wants to eliminate from its websites and computer code.

Under the “imprecise language” section, the guide calls for US citizen to be used instead of American

“(‘American’) often refers to people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US is the most important country in the Americas,” the index says.

The guide has 10 “harmful language” sections: ableist, ageism, colonialism, culturally appropriative, gender-based, imprecise language, institutionalized racism, person-first, violent and additional considerations.

InfoWars reports: The guide was published Monday, but it’s part of a project launched last May known as the Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative (EHLI).

Additionally, the guide is loaded with more terms it wants to replace, ostensibly to tackle things like racism, homophobia, and ableism.

Notable terms the new index wants to replace:

  • “Immigrant” with “person who has immigrated” or “non-citizen.”
  • “Abort” with “cancel” or “end.”
  • “Child prostitute” with “child who has been trafficked.”
  • “Karen” with “demanding or entitled White woman.”
  • “Handicap parking” with “accessible parking.”
  • “Committed suicide” with “died by suicide.”
  • “Tone deaf” with “unenlightened.”
  • “Addict” with “person with a substance abuse disorder”
  • “Slave labor” with “underpaid.”

Click HERE for the full PDF of desired changes the index wants you to “consider using.”


  1. Harmful to call us Americans? No. Ignorant and unintelligent, yes. We live in the United States of America, ‘of’ being the key word. There isn’t anything woke about that, there isn’t anything political, it’s just geographically correct to call us US Citizens and not simply Americans unless you are referring to people from all three continents. Same goes for Africa. This isn’t rocket surgery.

    • Sooo, given your obsession with a genitive particle, we should be called ‘Uniteders’? How about ‘Staters’? Since AMERICANS is a catch-all for Californians, New Mexicans, Oklahomans, and so on, your take is illogical annnnd…..
      a FAIL.

    • I’m 68 y.o. and have been an AMERICAN all my life – just because Stanford doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean I”m going to obey them. I will ALWAYS call myself an AMERICAN, you can go pound sand, you anti-American, anti-patriotic puff muffin.

  2. Fascis m is ugly. They love it. “they hate truth and beury ” Pope Benedict.
    Autocrat love fascism. And their chosen upper class love it too.. The great deception is in making lots believe they are in the upper class. They will own nothing and be happy thinking their highly valued. Like a prized dog actually.

  3. New Stanford Guide is batshit crazy. This would be a *much* better story if it included the names and pictures of the geniuses responsible for this newspeak proclamation.

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