Skip to Content

Picnic, Redwood Forest, East Warburton, Australia. Photo credit: Britt Gaiser

University of Michigan bans the word ‘picnic’

An American student newspaper published an unlikely list of words prohibited by the management of the University of Michigan. Among them, the term "picnic", a word which is now considered racially offensive.

Published: December 28, 2020, 9:35 am

    Read more


    According to The College Fix, one can longer say “disabled” , but rather “weakened”. It  has also become impossible to draw up a “black list” because it is now an “exclusion list” and above all, do not say that you are participating in a “picnic”.

    The racially acceptable term is “gathering”.

    This is, in substance, what the management of the Institute of Science and Technology of the University of Michigan believes. In its statement, which was obtained by The College Fix, the university declared: “It is important to assess language terms and conventions that may […] deliberately or inadvertently prevent people from feeling accepted in order to foster a healthy and inclusive culture”.

    The list includes 25 terms and it “will continue to grow” proscribing a whole series of expressions or terms deemed offensive.

    But why “picnic”? How has a nice meal with family or friends, become the sworn enemy of inclusiveness? According to the leading minds of the anti-racist and indigenous American movements, the expression was born from the widespread practice in segregationist America of the 19th century. It allegedly referred to racial lynchings organized by the white populations on African-Americans chosen at random. This activity was called “pick-a-nigger”.

    Thus “pick-a-nigger” became “picnic”. Or not, as French daily Le Figaro has pointed out. In fact, the expression dates from the 17th century in France, at the time when going on a “picnic” meant putting together a meal where everyone brought or paid their share. This information has obviously escaped the bright minds from the University of Michigan.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • Nexusfast123

      Not only idiots but liars or ignorant about the origins of words. The educational system will generate yet another generation of idiots that will be scared of their own shadow


    Indiana: Life insurance CEO sees 40 percent rise in deaths in ages 18-64

    IndianapolisThe head of an Indianapolis-based insurance company in the US said the death rate has risen by 40 percent among working-age people, skyrocketing from pre-pandemic levels. The company has also seen an “uptick” in disability claims. Initially short-term disability claims rose, but long-term disability claims have also been increasing.

    Warming Arctic could lead to ‘little ice age’ in Europe

    Contradicting global warming models, the loss of ice at the poles could trigger global cooling. The world relies on the coldest regions to regulate climate and sea ice formation.

    Yet another Corona outbreak on a ‘fully vaccinated’ cruise ship

    Finding safety among the "fully vaccinated" is a pipe dream: Corona outbreaks on cruise ships provide a good example of how measures such as vaccinations, a QR exclusion system or 2G rules make no sense. Incessant testing and boosters will not prevent Corona outbreaks in fully vaccinated groups.

    Has the Corona uprising started in Florida?

    TallahasseeFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently the loudest opponent of US President Joe Biden's nonsensical Corona policy which aims to make injections that do not stop illness or transmission mandatory.

    Brazil’s vaccine passport data wiped in cyber attack

    BraziliaVaccination data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health's website was copied and deleted in an apparent ransomware attack.

    Covid-19 has killed more people in 2021 than 2020 in the US

    Covid-19 was reported as the underlying cause of death for some 377 883 people in 2020, accounting for 11,3 percent of deaths, according to the CDC. More than 770 000 people have died from the Coronavirus as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

    Not very confident: FDA to publish info on Pfizer’s Covid-19 jab in 55 years

    The request for information on the shots would have been a great opportunity for vaccine manufacturers and advocates to demonstrate the success of their products with the data that exists on vaccine safety, effectiveness and "rare" side effects.

    The strange link between the sterilization of wild horses and mRNA vaccines

    A strange link has been made between the sterilization of wild horses and the Covid-19 vaccines. Vaccination against the porcine zona pellucida (PZP) is designed to contain the wild horse population by generating antibodies that prevent the mares from producing fertile eggs.

    US judge in the Rittenhouse trial defies media onslaught

    Kenosha, WisconsinThe right to own firearms and use them to defend oneself in an emergency is deeply ingrained in the American consciousness. When protests by the Black Lives Matter movement degenerated into civil war-like riots and looting across the United States over the past year, civil militias and private individuals took up arms to protect their property.

    Some 92 percent of American LGBTQs took the jab

    In a Human Rights Campaign Foundation survey, led by Community Marketing & Insights and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, data on LGBTQ+ adults and Covid-19 vaccinations in the US show that this community has bought into Big Pharma marketing in a big way.

    Go to archive