University apologizes for using word ‘picnic,’ changes it to ‘Lunch by the Lake’

University apologizes for using word ‘picnic,’ changes it to ‘Lunch by the Lake’

A scheduled “picnic” at the University of Nevada Las Vegas has been renamed “Lunch by the Lake” due to “diversity and inclusion” concerns, reports The College Fix. The group running the picnic “informed members that the word ‘picnic’ has ‘historical and offensive connotations,’ and apologized for ‘any harm or discomfort’ caused by its use.”

As The Fix notes,

The group’s view mirrors that of the University of Michigan’s IT department from several years ago: “Picnic” was included in a “Words Matter Task Force’s” list of offensive words and phrases along with “brown bag,” “blacklist” and “long time, no see” among others.

At the time, Reuters did a fact check on the alleged offensiveness of “picnic”; its verdict: It “does not originate from racist lynchings” but instead comes from the 300-plus-year-old French word “pique-nique,” meaning a potluck-like social gathering….

Still, Reuters claimed 19th and 20th-century lynchings of black Americans “often occurred in gatherings that could be referred to as picnics.” But a PolitiFact article noted the term historians actually use is “spectacle lynchings” — where people “took photographs and looked for souvenirs.”

Ferris State University’s David Pilgrim, curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, said “it’s possible someone used the word ‘picnic’ to refer to lynchings, but ‘what we know for a fact is that’s not where the word ‘picnic’ came from.’”

In 2021, a student group at Brandeis University ended up deleting “picnic” from a list of “oppressive” words and phrases in response to massive mockery….The Fix has long documented universities’ word policing; other terms considered offensive over the last few years include “chief,” “step,” “ladies and gentlemen,” “snowflake,” “brainstorm” and “American.”

Cornell University is changing the name of its English Department in the name of “decolonization.” Leftists view English Departments as a vestige of colonialism.

Brown University recently celebrated a man who murdered a police officer.

In other news, a university recently canceled a planned event on Christianity’s influence on civilization.

And a masturbating progressive interrupted a conservative event at the University of Wisconsin.

NYU is divesting from fossil fuels, even though divestment makes its endowment less diversified and secure.

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