Last week, the New York City Education Department banned the use of the term ‘White Blood Cells’ from Biology classes. The department said in a report obtained by The Wadiyan that it is taking these steps because such words ‘could evoke unpleasant racial tension in the students’.
White blood cells (WBC) are cells of the immune system involved in defending the body against both infectious disease and foreign materials. An education department spokeswoman told The Wadiyan that “naming such a vital force in human immunity ‘white’ would hurt the feelings of black, brown and yellow students in the class.”
She insisted that the guidelines are not an attempt at censorship by the Department of Education. “But the one that defends and protects need not necessarily be a Caucasian.”
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The document goes on with suggestion to use the term “Freedom Cells” instead of White blood cells. “Some of our teachers were trying to use an alternative term Leucocytes instead of white blood cells. But leuko means white in Greek. So we have now suggested them to use “Eleutherocytes” if they need to, with reference to the greek word Eleutheria, meaning Freedom.”
The department has previously banned more than fifty other terms including ‘terrorism’ (too scary), ‘atheist’ (too confronting), ‘god’ (too confusing), ‘cock’ (too interesting), ‘scientist’ (too intelligent) and ‘Tarantino’ (too violent).
The department spokeswomen told The Wadiyan that a whole lot other words are presently under scrutiny to make a decision. “Once the process is over, half of the Oxford dictionary would be banned.” she said.
Education experts have been left scratching their heads over the matter. The Ashwood University professor George Schmidt told the Wadiyan: “The systematic dumbing down going on in our schools is alarming. At the end, all we are going to have is a generation of stupid cocksuckers who won’t know shit from shinola”.