“It has gotten to the point where students should carry around a dictionary of words they cannot say.”
Administrators at Colorado State University have apparently deemed the saying “Long time, no see” to be non-inclusive language.
Student Katrina Leibee reported in an op-ed for the campus newspaper that the common greeting appeared on a list of taboo phrases that she was shown by the student association’s director of diversity and inclusion, Zahra Al-Saloom.
According to Leibee, the phrase was included on the list because it was seen as “derogatory toward those of Asian descent” and thus contrary to the university’s commitment to fostering inclusion.
Leibee said that the university also instructs students to avoid gendering each other by using traditional pronouns, the word “freshman,” or the phrase “you guys.” “First year” and “y’all” are the preferred nomenclature, she explained.
While Leibee averred that she and most of her classmates “actively respect people’s gender pronouns,” she complained that the university was getting carried away.
“A countless amount of words and phrases have been marked with a big, red X and defined as non-inclusive,” she said. “It has gotten to the point where students should carry around a dictionary of words they cannot say.”
Al-Saloom did not respond to a request for a comment.