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$15,000 to Fight ‘Insensitive’ Language

When you’re facing an estimated $1.4 billion state budget shortfall, does fighting “insensitive” language on campus qualify as a pressing priority for a public institution? If you are an official at the University of Maryland, the answer is yes. UMD spent $15,000 this year on a program to encourage students to avoid “non-inclusive language,” according to higher-ed watchdog group Campus Reform.

According to the university, troublesome phrases such as “illegal alien” and “that’s so ghetto” can make some people feel “uncomfortable.”

You know what makes me uncomfortable? $1.4 billion budget shortfalls.

The video below was produced as part of the $15,000 program.

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