“Progress” strikes again at a California college, as the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Social Work is no longer using the word “field” when referring to a student’s potential career path.
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work interim dean Vassilios Papadopoulos said that her department is refraining from using the word in case some students feel like they are being compared to slaves when told to consider their future, and to “reject white supremacy, anti-immigrant and anti-blackness ideologies.”
"Specifically, we have decided to remove the term ‘field’ from our curriculum and practice and replace it with ‘practicum,'" Papadopoulos wrote in a letter. "This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that would be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language … phrases such as ‘going into the field’ or ‘field work’ maybe have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign.”
If you need any more proof that embracing the progressive agenda makes you emotionally frail and intellectually stunted, look no further.
“Field” is not a word people use to make black people feel trapped in slavery, and choosing to go into a certain “field” in the workforce does not indicate that you will experience the inhumane treatment that was a part of our country’s history nearly 200 years ago. If hearing the phrases that Papadopoulos wants to ban is offensive to certain students, that means they have a lot of maturing to do.
Plus, if that's the case, then why not just eliminate the use of this dreadful word altogether? We wouldn’t want the students to be afraid, so just invent new words to describe the surface football and baseball games are played on, or the wide open space where crops grow. Let inclusivity reign and progress be unhindered!
Or, just grow up and stop doing things to create some cheap press. Colleges are supposed to be places where people go to get smarter, not dumber.
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