But I don't know *how* you can talk about "whiteness" or *not* talk about it. Are students supposed to speak in Ebonics? Hoe can they avoid "maleness" Refer to themselves in the feminine gender?
Apparently, the term "blacklisted" is racist, or at least exclusive. Now you must write "discriminated against" or "excluded" - which seems to avoid what the term "blacklisted" really means.
"White lies" are now lies, ignoring that there is a difference between lies and "little white lies".
"Foreigner" can't be used. They're now to be referred to as "people from another country."
"Minority" can't be used, they're "people of color." When a white person goes to Africa and is a minority there, are they supposed to refer to themselves as a person without color?
The United Church of Christ website, which Professor Turner references, says this:
The Eleventh General Synod instructed that a Book of Worship be developed and characterized by language that is truly inclusive with respect to God and to people. Although the generic use of masculine terms has been accepted practice, it is exclusive and viewed as offensive by many. Further, the use of only masculine nouns and pronouns for God and of masculine generic terms for humankind has hidden the rich feminine imagery for God and God's people in scripture. Scripture contains many gender neutral metaphors for God such as shepherd, rock, or Holy One. The rediscovery of the complementary female and male metaphors in the Bible and the literature of the early church encourages Christians not to settle for literary poverty in the midst of literary riches.
Inclusive language is far more than an aesthetic matter of male and female imagery; it is a fundamental issue of social justice. Language that is truly inclusive affirms sexuality, racial and ethnic background, stages of maturity, and degrees of limiting conditions. It shows respect for all people. Scripture proclaims the world is created, redeemed, and sustained by the Word of God, and the church attests to the power of language and words, recognizing that words have the power to exploit and exclude as well as affirm and liberate.
"There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus."
Galatians 3:28 NRSV
"We believe that the imagery conveyed by language and language itself is important and that they articulate and influence our understandings of what is revealed to us about the nature and activity of God and the dignity of all God's people as created in the image of God."
UCC Inclusive Language Covenant
|Words That Exclude:||Words That Include:|
(in the faith)
|brothers and sisters, friends, kindred, family of faith, neighbors, humankind|
|man, men, mankind||
people, all people, men and women or women and men, humanity, persons, everyone, all of us, we, one|
|sons (of God)||
daughters and sons, children of God, people of God, God's people, heirs|
chairperson, chair, moderator, group leader, presiding officer|
ancestors, forebears, forebearers|
person with a disability, differently abled|
laity, layperson, member of the congregation, congregant|
community, communion, friendship, "koinonia"|
constructed, not natural, human-made, synthetic|
|stand as able||
if you are able to do so comfortably, please stand|
racial ethnic people, people of color|
visitor from another country, immigrant|
|man and wife||
husband and wife, woman and man, spouses, partners|
realm, reign of God|
developing nations, two-thirds world |
|washed white, white lies||
washed clean, lies |
discriminated against, excluded|
|darkness of evil||
presence of evil |