January 14, 2023

Canceling Words Now? University Removes use of Word "Field"

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

The University of Southern California’s school of social work has been re-evaluating its curriculum and updating it to suit our more “woke” times. They have now stated it will no longer use “field” in curriculum, saying it may have racist “connotations.”

The Background: 

In an effort to modernize and keep up with the ever-growing list of “trigger” words, USC will no longer use the word “field” as in “field trip,” “field work,”or refer to going out “in the field” when on assignment. 

They have replaced the word “field” with “practicum.”

The letter released by USC states:

 “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. Language can be powerful, and phrases such as ‘going into the field’ or ‘field work’ maybe have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign.”

USC says they are joining other universities across the nation in making changes to their institution to “honor and acknowledge inclusion and reject white supremacy, anti-immigrant and anti-blackness ideologies.”

Notable Quotes: 

“This is just a fancy way of revealing that the organization is overstaffed.” 

“Important stuff. Making the world better one canceled phrase at a time.”

“For someone who spent more than 7 years at USC with 2 graduate degrees from this institution, I am so embarrassed at what’s happening there. I wonder how much of my money they spent on coming up with this amazingly useful change.” – Various Alumni



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