Words are problematic for leftists. Despite their individual meanings and contexts, if the fascists are triggered in any way by a certain word, it has to be banned. There’s one word at Rice University that is going away and for the most ridiculous of reasons.

Like most other colleges, Rice has utilized the term “master” when referring to its head officials at the school, but not anymore. A new word has been conjured to replace this slavery-rich term so unsure students won’t think the university is a racist institution.

And what’s worse, this idea came from the ones with that title, as the Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson said: “The initiative to make a change came from the masters themselves, who recognized that the title was problematic.”

Of course, there is student support, and Hutchinson believes the change will ensure prospective students or family members who aren’t familiar with the Rice community and traditions won’t misinterpret the term.

Does he really think “master” conjures images of faculty members shackling students and forcing them into hard labor? You’d have to be pretty dense to make that conclusion and then, what business do you have going to college?

Now, to the word’s replacement. From The Blaze:


The Thresher [school paper] said “magister” is Latin in origin and signifies a teacher or scholar. Hutchinson told the paper that “we wanted to balance the desire to preserve the history and tradition of Rice while also recognizing that a change needed to be made. We’re excited it’ll be unique to Rice. No other university that we are aware of in the world has a college system where the faculty and partners and spouses of the faculty who serve in this role have the title magister.”

Yes, because it sounds ridiculous. But even with the change, Hutchinson is already on the defensive because of how similar the two titles sound. However, he assures that over time, students will get used to magister and never again think about the evils of slavery.

Who knew you could erase history by eradicating a single word associated with it from occasional use? That’s powerful stuff.

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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