Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words
Words never uttered can be extremely significant. Often the perception of words said (or unsaid) carry more importance than truth.
In October of 1789, Marie Antoinette did not look down at the swarming hordes of fishmonger women storming the Palace on Versailles and utter the words: “Let them eat cake,” but people believed that she did. It was a revolutionary time, and the French people have often been stereotyped as an excitable lot — therefore it did not matter if she actually said those insensitive words, or not — FAKE NEWS ruled.
More importantly, two hundred years after the incident, the words let them eat cake now serve as the embodiment of abuse of power and government ineptitude.
On December 15, 2017, the Washington Post released an article: “CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity,” stating that the Center For Disease Control (CDC) declared seven words banned. However, the agency is claiming that a list of these banned words does not exist. The head of the CDC, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, stated that the seven words were merely discussed at a meeting concerning funding and funding proposals.
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