The Diversity Council of Western Plains has sparked widespread apathy with a new campaign which aims to turn the focus on language which excludes minority groups. It says that for example, the term ‘you guys’ should no longer be used to describe a mixed group of people.
To help those who may be experiencing difficulty understanding the aims of the campaign, the Council has prepared this simple guide to exclusive language.
1 What is ‘exclusive language’?
Part of the problem is that there are so many different ways people use language to exclude minority groups. Words and phrases like visa, passport, citizen, refugee, boat people, illegal immigrant etc are perfectly OK when we want to exclude people, but ‘can I help you guys’ is a big no no.
Em, that’s it really.