More Thought Control through Language Control at University

Washington State University professors institute thought control by prohibiting some terms and mandating others.

No sooner do I find one story about thought control at a university but another one appears in the news. Unlike the University of Tennessee where the transgender pronouns are merely recommended (so far), in this case student grades depend upon conformity.

Campus Reform reports, “Professors threaten bad grades for saying ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ ‘female’.”

Correspondent Peter Hasson writes:

Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as “illegal alien,” “male,” and “female,” or if they fail to “defer” to non-white students.

According to the syllabus for Selena Lester Breikss’ “Women & Popular Culture” class, students risk a failing grade if they use any common descriptors that Breikss considers “oppressive and hateful language.”

The punishment for repeatedly using the banned words, Breikss warns, includes “but [is] not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and— in extreme cases— failure for the semester.”

Breikss is not the only WSU faculty member implementing such policies.

Much like in Selena Breikss’s classroom, students taking Professor Rebecca Fowler’s “Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies” course will see their grades suffer if they use the term “illegal alien” in their assigned writing.

According to her syllabus, students will lose one point every time they use the words “illegal alien” or “illegals” rather than the preferred terms of “‘undocumented’ migrants/immigrants/persons.” Throughout the course, Fowler says, students will “come to recognize how white privilege functions in everyday social structures and institutions.”


White students in Professor John Streamas’s “ Introduction to Multicultural Literature” class, are expected to “defer” to non-white students, among other community guidelines, if they want “to do well in this class.”

In the guidelines in his syllabus, Streamas elaborates that he requires students to “reflect” on their grasp of history and social relations “by respecting shy and quiet classmates and by deferring to the experiences of people of color.

Streamas—who previously generated controversy by calling a student a “white [excrement]bag” and declared that WSU should stand for “White Supremacist University”—also demands that students “understand and consider the rage of people who are victims of systematic injustice.”

Can you imagine any conservative class being run this way? Telling people what words they must use? Demanding that they defer and show understanding of rage?

Logic and reason are not valued by Liberals as means for converting students to the cause, it seems. They tell us a lot about themselves and how much support they have for their causes when they have to rely on crude thought control in order to hammer the students into submission.

This is yet another reason why all education should be completely privatized. Without taxpayers being plundered no one would ever give these control freaks a pulpit.