Yes, Big Brother has grown bigger and ever more insanely ridiculous: the Department of Education in New York City has just proposed a list of fifty "forbidden" words or topics that should never, ever be used in standardized tests because they have the potential to offend NYC schoolchildren. And the geniuses at the Department point out add that the list has to be a long one because the wide diversity of the NYC student population increases the risks of offending someone. The list speaks for itself, and for the mentality of those who love to police thought. In this case, the identification of "offensive" subjects seems to be grounded in the holy Trinity of the politically correct socionazis: race, class, and gender. Trauma and religion figure prominently too, though to a lesser extent. Some prominent obsessions are easy to spot: a desire to flatten out everything and everyone, and all emotions too, and to eliminate all peaks and valleys, as well as all fears and joys. This new Index Verborum Prohibitorum will no doubt be championed by all progressives, statists and helicopter parents. Welcome to the zombie utopia of the future, a schizoid paradise where achieving diversity is the ultimate goal and also the ultimate fear.
Among the forbidden words and topics:
Birthday celebrations (and birthdays) -- might offend those who can't have birthday parties or whose birthday falls on a date other than that of the exam being administered
Bodily functions -- might offend everyone
Cancer (and other diseases) -- might scare and sadden everyone
Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes) -- ditto
Celebrities -- might make some or all feel inferior or inadequate
Children dealing with serious issues -- total trauma for everyone
Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia) -- death sticks should not exist, not even in the vocabulary
Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting) -- might offend those without home computers
Crime -- might scare those who live in safe neighborhoods and give rise to feelings of inferiority among those who live in dangerous neighborhoods
Death and disease - the ultimate trauma for everyone
Divorce -- never mind that it affects over 50% of all families, it's just too nasty.
Evolution -- might offend creationists and muslims
Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes -- might offend the poor and all misanthropes
Poverty -- might offend the rich and remind the poor that they actually exist.
Religion -- worse than death or disease, the absolutely absolute in offensiveness
Sex -- this has been on the list for 5,000 years, nothing new here
Terrorism -- might offend terrorists?
Read the whole list here