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Why Da'ish do not fear America

We’d expect this from Berkeley or Harvard, but the University of Nebraska?

Nebraska university tells students not to say ‘crazy,’ ‘ghetto’ and other bad words

By Deena Winter / November 4, 2015

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has launched a campaign to get students to stop using certain words and phrases including “man up,” “no homo,” “retarded,” “ghetto,” “crazy” and “rape” (out of context).

In fact, students may notice one of 300 student volunteers wearing brightly colored T-shirts with the banned words emblazoned on the back. A pink shirt informs students that saying “man up” only “reinforces masculine stereotypes that are unhealthy for everyone.”

A purple shirt tells students saying “no homo” just “devalues love and sexual identities.”

A blue shirt says the word retarded “suggests disability and stupidity are interchangeable.”

A red shirt says the phrase “that’s so ghetto” only “misrepresents the experiences of others and negatively stereotypes minority groups.”

A green shirt informs others that saying “you’re crazy” just “minimizes human emotion and those affected by mental illness.”

And finally, orange shirts warn that saying rape out of context “ignores the reality of sexual assault.”

The campaign, launched Oct. 22, was organized by University Housing’s Multicultural and Diversity Education Committee to encourage students to “think before they speak.”

“We often hear students say things like, ‘That test raped me,’ or that something is ‘so ghetto,’” said Melissa Peters, assistant director of residence life for student leadership and diversity initiatives, in a university announcement. “The vast majority of students aren’t using these words to be malicious. But, intended or not, these are words that have impact and can hurt.”

There’s a lot more at the original, including documentation concerning similar programs at Michigan, Michigan State and Duke.

It’s going to be tough on the students at Nebraska when they are graduated, and have to leave their cozy campus and find jobs out in the real world. Out in the real world, where you have to actually compete to earn a living, no one is going to coddle you, and if you need other people to protect your sensitive feelings, you are going to be left behind.

But this is why Da’ish do not fear the United States. It’s not just that they know that President Barack Hussein Obama is a pussy, or that we’re more probable than not to replace him with another ineffective weakling in Hillary Rodham Clinton, though those facts matter. The bigger picture is that the next generation of American leadership is being trained in “sensitivity” and weakness, and that means that the United States is going to continue down the path of weakness for as far as anyone can reasonably foresee.