EXCLUSIVE: the Federal Reserve asked employees to adopt “unbiased language” and avoid using biased terms such as “founding fathers,” according to an internal webpage obtained by Fox News.
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors issued guidelines for all employees nationwide on April 29, a former Fed staff member with knowledge of the matter told Fox News.
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“Non-prejudiced language recognizes diversity and avoids stereotyping, degrading or excluding people on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability / disability or sexual orientation, ”the guide says.
“Try to avoid words and phrases that may be viewed as offensive, derogatory or harmful (consciously or unconsciously) as they can distract your audience from the ideas / information you are trying to convey,” he continues.
The guide contains a list of “biased terms” to avoid, including “blacklist”, “grandfather” and “founding fathers”. Employees are urged to use terms such as “refused”, “inheritance” and “founders” instead.
The Fed also said that the terms “white list,” labor, “” man-made, “and” generic singular pronouns “- such as” he, “she,” “his,” and “hers “- should be replaced by more free” such as “authorized”, “artificial” and pronouns such as “they”, “their” and “their”.
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Such voice codes are more common on college campuses, where they have sparked controversy, although they have become more common in government entities.
In 2016, San Diego officials had to reverse similar guidelines, which ordered city employees not to use the term “founding fathers,” before it was removed.
The Federal Reserve declined to comment.
Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed reporting
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