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Scientists Forced to Follow ‘WOKE’ Race, Gender Speech Codes

Scientists Forced to Follow ‘WOKE’ Race, Gender Speech Codes

( – A top federal agency that works in science and technology is now focused more on race and gender speech codes than working on actual science.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has gone “woke.”

The advice, for instance, warns against using phrases that

“attribute a gender to inanimate objects, such as male/female connections,” and urges government employees to avoid using the words “blacklist” and “whitelist” because of their connotations with race.”

The NIST is a little-known government organization responsible for assisting the United States to maintain a technological edge over competitors like China.

According to Congress, the group has a $1.65 billion budget for 2023.

Recently, lawmakers criticized the Pentagon for investing significantly in critical race theory and gender ideology. The National Institutes of Health has also taken this action with other organizations.

Since it struggles to keep up with its primary mandate, the NIST is one of many government agencies devoting its attention and taxpayer money to these initiatives.

The NIST generated controversy through its “Inclusive Language Guidelines,” which instructs scientists on which terms or expressions they can and cannot use in reports.

Quoting from the text:

  • Remember that slanted terminology, such as “blacklist” and “whitelist,” may also cause comprehension problems.
  • Steer clear of words that reinforce unfair power dynamics or negative stereotypes, such as “master” or “slave.”
  • Avoid using phrases that categorize inanimate objects as male or female or identifying a person’s gender unless it is necessary for comprehension.
  • Use the depicted groups’ chosen terminology rather than condescending or reductive descriptive phrases.

Steven Lipner, the chair of the Congressionally mandated Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, recommended the changes to the “master” and “slave” usage, the “whitelist,” and the “blacklist” in a letter to NIST in 2020.

He added in the letter that “many technology and security standards contain racially inappropriate language that is both insulting to many of our colleagues and is, in many respects, confusing – technically and culturally.” Examples of such language include the terms “master” and “slave,” as well as the use of the words “blacklist” and “whitelist” in place of “block-list” and “allow-list.”

Jennifer Huergo, a NIST representative, informed Center Square that the guidelines “were primarily developed for the benefit of NIST staff experts who engage in the creation of documentary standards as expert collaborators and leaders.”

According to the author, the use of inclusive language “helps to eliminate potential gaps in understanding that could develop from the use of colloquial or idiomatic terms that are founded in specific historical events or regional dialects.”

The DEI office of the NIST likewise promotes liberal views on gender and sexuality. The DEI staff website prioritizes using the employees’ preferred pronouns in their bios.

While Americans are primarily divided on the dispute over gender identity and critical race theory, government agencies have embraced it and invested millions of public funds.

While most Americans agree there is prejudice against transgender persons, a Pew Research study from last summer indicated that “60% say a person’s gender is determined by their sex assigned at birth, up from 56% in 2021 and 54% in 2017.”

The American Psychological Association’s “biased language” webpage, which goes into great detail about the variety of possible genders and the necessity to accommodate them, is also linked to the NIST speech code.

According to the APA, the term “transgender” is used to describe people whose gender identity, expression, and/or role do not correspond to what is typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.

“Some transgender people identify as a binary gender, such as man or woman, while others identify as a nonbinary or gender-fluid gender. Other terminology besides “transgender” may be used to identify someone whose gender differs from assumptions based on the sex given to them at birth, such as “gender-nonconforming,” “genderqueer,” “gender-nonbinary,” “gender-creative,” “agender,” or “two-spirit,” to name a few.”

A book written by Tukufu Zuberi, a professor of Race Relations and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania who is well-versed in critical race theory, is referenced in the tax-payer-funded speech standards.

Zuberi is a proponent of critical race theory. The book is titled “White Logic, White Methods.” Zuberi also penned an article titled “Critical Race Theory: A Commemoration.”

Despite being a global leader in the creation of intellectual property, the United States lags in its production. China produced 73% of the world’s lithium-ion batteries in 2021, compared to China’s 35%.

Most of the supply of electric batteries, considered the green energy movement’s future, comes from abroad.

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