From the OICL

Words Matter

Does your spam filter ever prompt you to “whitelist” an email address, allowing messages from that sender to come through? Have you ever thought about the bias inherent in the use of that word, as well as its counterpart, ‘blacklist’? Are you sensitive to the origins of the words and phrases you use in your everyday writing and speech and the messages you are sending about your own values when you use them?

Your quest: Identify and research the origins of ten commonly used phrases or words that have origins based in offensive stereotypes, either racial, religious, sexist, able-ist, or any other type of identity-based discrimination. For each, consider what language one might use instead to convey the same message, but without the offense. Create a poster campaign to share what you have learned with others and email it to experimentory@deerfield.edu.