Sticks, Stones and Words


by CJ Morgan

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but at least they will heal. Words however, can hurt in a way that most people never recover from. As a radioman and pubic figure, I’m fairly certain how my demise will play out: some combination of symbols will inspire a bloody wretch to go on the Internet and launch a crusade against the station. Management will cave, apologize and I’ll go back to waiting tables at Joe’s Crab Shack.

Perhaps that is a bit too much credit for the small amount of notoriety I have but it is a real fear. The purpose of this post is not about my end but to examine how we treat words (specifically in education). On the Dudley & Bob w/ Matt Show, Dale brought up an example of how ready we are to censor certain terms so that others will not be offended: The University of Michigan.

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The University Michigan has taken sensitivity to a new level and instituted a policy aimed at curving the offensive language of its student body. It’s all part of their new Inclusive Language Campaign. According to the College Fix, the school has spent $16,000 on the program. Posters strewn around campus remind students that their WORDS MATTER.

“University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told The College Fix in an email the campaign aims to ‘address campus climate by helping individuals understand that their words can impact someone and to encourage individuals to commit to creating a positive campus community.’ Students have been asked to sign a pledge to ‘use inclusive language’ and to help their peers ‘understand the importance of using inclusive language,’ according to campaign materials.”

Some of the banned terms include (we have censored them for your protection):

-Cr*zy
-Ins*ne
-Ret*rded
-G*y
-Tr*nny
-G*pped
-J*w’d
-lleg*l ali*n
-F*g
-Gh*tto
-R*ghead
 -And phrases such as “I want to d*e” and “that test r*ped me.”

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I am not saying it’s okay for bigoted asshats to launch hate filled slurs at people. It makes absolute sense how some of these words can be offensive. Others, however, are quite puzzling. The common vernacular of a college campus is far from the King’s English – but when in context – maybe these “offensive” terms mean something else to that age group.

This shortsighted policy fails to recognize that words are constantly changing in meaning and use within different cultures. Calling homework “gay” is not in the context of insulting someone’s sexual orientation. You don’t have the right to not potentially be offended on behalf of someone else. Words are only worth the value you give them. So stop being such big fucking pussies* about everything.

*that was not referring to a female’s genitals in a sexual way.

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Author: Funny, random and weird pretty much sums up CJ Morgan who rocks-n-talks evenings at KLBJ-FM. He has many self-appointed nicknames including the Burt Reynolds of Radio. He his best known for his Reverse Prank Calls and shock jock fart jokes in-between Zeppelin songs.

CJ’s career in radio began as a kid when he got a tape recorder for Christmas. In 2002 he hosted a college radio morning show and in 2007 was hired as a part of KLBJ’s promotions staff. After a four-year stint doing various radio work and weekends/overnights on 101x, CJ was hired to the Rock of Austin full-time. When it comes to radio, he’s just about done it all: Videography, broadcast engineering, social media, design, event coordination and production. Now he’s where he wants to be, rocking YOU on the legendary 93.7 KLBJ.

Morgan is a born and bred Texan and graduate of Texas State University. He loves his wiener dog Miles (who is always with him in the studio), music, football, kayaking, gaming, the Dallas Mavericks and panhandling.

Not only is CJ Morgan a fine radioman but he is also known for being Austin’s premier Wienerman. Everywhere he goes, his wiener tags along. Miles is a nine year-old dachshund that CJ has had since 2007. Like many dachshunds, Miles fell victim to intervertebral disc disease. In 2011, his disc ruptured unexpectedly while sunbathing outside. He was rushed to a nearby vet who performed emergency surgery. Though the procedure saved his life, it left Miles without use of his back legs.

Miles still deals with a number of medical issues but for the most part lives a happy life, enjoys treats, coming to work with his father and playing with friends. Many listeners have inquired as to how they can help Miles but CJ has instead asked you raise awareness for and donate money to the Central Texas Dachshund Rescue at ctdr.org.

If you see Miles out and about feel free say hello, just be warned that he occasionally bites!

Originally published at http://www.klbjfm.com/blogs/cjs-blog/sticks-stones-and-words

 

 

 

 

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