Colorado congressman weighs in on CSU 'America,' 'American' controversy

A Colorado congressman has responded to CSU promoting ways to "avoid" saying "America" or "American," a story first reported by Campus Reform.

Rep. Doug Lamborn responded via tweet Thursday, saying, "Americans from all walks of life should be able to say they're proud of their country."

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) called out Colorado State University on Thursday after Campus Reform reported on the school’s “Inclusive Language Guide,” which offered suggestions on how to “avoid” using the words “America” and “Americans.”

”Wow! @ColoradoStateU’s Inclusive Coms Task Force decided that America is a word so ‘offensive’ it should not be spoken. I’m #ProudtobeanAmerican. All Americans from all walks of life should be able to say they’re proud of their country,” Lamborn tweeted. 

Lamborn was the only federal lawmaker from Colorado to speak out on the topic. Campus Reform contacted each of Colorado’s six other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the state’s two senators, and former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who is running for president, but received no responses in time for publication. 

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CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank released a statement the same day as Lamborn’s tweet, saying the document “was never intended for use by students” and that it is “NOT official policy or required to be read or followed by anyone.” Campus Reform’s initial report said the following: 

Frank also said in his Thursday statement that “the guide does not contain the item that many have described about use of the words America and American.” As Campus Reform first reported, CSU’s “Inclusive Language Guide” listed under “Word/Phrase to avoid” the words “American/America.”

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Additionally, Frank said in his statement that the document was “outdated.” However, Campus Reform confirmed prior to publication of the initial article that the university’s Women and Gender Collaborative web page directly linked to the document in question. The page was labeled as a “living document” that is “updated periodically.” The document showed it was last updated in October. 

The Women and Gender Collaborative website no longer appears to directly link to the document. 

CSU spokesman Mike Hooker told Campus Reform Friday: 

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