Students Learn The Words ‘Crazy,’ ‘Ghetto,’ And ‘Illegal Alien’ Aren’t Inclusive

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The University of Illinois at Chicago launched a campaign suggesting words like “crazy,” “ghetto,” and “illegal alien” are not “inclusive,” according to a Monday report.

The college’s “Words Matter!” campaign launched workshops in July to instruct university members on “the power of language,” according to The College Fix.

“At UIC, diversity is our strength — our competitive edge,” says UIC on the page detailing the campaign. “The purpose of the campaign is not to tell people what they can or cannot say (i.e., inhibit free speech) but rather to acknowledge that on a diverse campus each and everyone one of us has a responsibility to be aware of the power of our words to promote a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment.”

The page features a slideshow with individuals holding signs displaying terms like “crazy,” “ghetto,” and “illegal alien,” as well as expressions like “man up” and “what’s your real name?” The university also showcases terms like “undocumented” and “Black Lives Matter.”

The two July workshops, sponsored by a handful of UIC departments such as the offices of diversity and faculty affairs, purport to “offer opportunities for UIC to engage with the concept of inclusive language and its connection to identities, inequality, and power” via readings, videos, and dialogue.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the University of Illinois at Chicago, but received no comment in time for publication.

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