Having zero credibility on science, the CDC now wants to remake language so that no one can talk about anything efficiently, or with any understood meaning.
The idea is “people first” language, versus “attribute first”. Doesn’t sound too bad on the face of it right? Wrong—the “preferred” terms are all too often ambiguous, factually misleading, evasive, stem wholly from partisan political ideology, subject to rapid change so as to mean nothing, and incredibly demeaning to those they include who do not wish to be lumped into a group using their crudest physical attributes.
I support doing away with truly offensive terms. But 98% of this stuff has nothing to do with that, except in the minds of a tiny group of woketard activists.
Orwellian, and it is only going to get worse.
Language in communication products should reflect and speak to the needs of people in the audience of focus. The following provides some preferred terms for select population groups; these terms attempt to represent an ongoing shift toward non-stigmatizing language. We recommend using this section as a guide and inspiration to reflect upon word choice and choose words carefully, inclusively, and appropriately for a specific use and audience. Best practices include engaging people from the population or community of focus to find out what they prefer.
WIND: defund the CDC.
Language should strive for clarity and lack of ambiguity, because no meaningful conversation can occur without it. A functioning society cannot exist when language means only what one prefers it to mean, and this changes continually based on arbitrary emotional claims. Everything just breaks down into arguing over terms no one can agree on. Which is what we see today.
Who gets to decide? Is there going to be a poll so that 1% or 5% or 10% or 50% of a “group” must agree? What about the other 50% of 90% who despise the idea beimg imposed upon them, isn’t that disrespecting them? These parasitical activists with their own agendas have nothing to offer society other than destruction.
Stating that I must now be White and not Caucasian is highly offensive and stupidly inaccurate. My skin is nicely browned and tan in the summer. My brother has dark skin but is also Caucasian. Defining someone by their crudest physical characteristic is as racist and dehumanizing as it gets—but that’s what the CDC is doing with White and Black. Imaging being an (alleged) member of any community (by popular vote in effect, whether you agree or not!) and having a government agency define-away your entire intellect and self as “Black” or “White” or “____”. The pinnacle of disrespect.