Delaware’s General Assembly has passed a law “relating to the removal of insensitive and offensive language.” When I first saw the title of this Act, I admit, I was alarmed that our State’s legislature was banning profanity in some context. I was relieved to read the text of the law, though, and learn exactly what it actually does provide.
According to the synopsis, the bill is part of a national movement, known as People First Language (“PFL”) legislation, intended to “promote dignity and inclusion for people with disabilities.” PFL requires that, when describing an individual, the person come first, and the description of the person come second.
For example, when using PFL, terms such as “the disabled” would be phrased, “persons with disabilities.” This language emphasizes that individuals are people first and that their disabilities are secondary. I think this is an outstanding initiative.