Yes, the terms ‘citizen’ and ‘brown bag’ are under consideration for being replaced in Seattle because they are potentially offensive. In a culture where feelings are sacred and must not be violated, the natural consequence is to play ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon‘ with names and referent terms. My guess is there’s a diversity officer somewhere in the city who believes that if he doesn’t find something offensive to ban he isn’t doing his job.
(Fox News) — Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms “citizen” and “brown bag” are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions.
KOMO-TV reports that the city’s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive.
“Luckily, we’ve got options,” Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. “For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?'”
In an interview with Seattle’s KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term “brown bag” has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.
“For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people’s skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home,” Bronstein said.
According to the memo, city employees should use the terms “lunch-and-learn” or “sack lunch” instead of “brown bag.”
Seattle, however, isn’t the only city with an eye on potentially disruptive words.
The New York Post reported in March 2012 that the city’s Department of Education avoids references to words like “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests because they could evoke “unpleasant emotions” among the students.
Dinosaurs, for example, conjures the topic of evolution, which could rile fundamentalists and birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Halloween, meanwhile, suggests an affiliation to Paganism.
I call BS on the claim that a lot of Black members of the community are plagues with memories of a racial connection to brown bags. In fact, the majority of Black people aren’t as politically correct as the political left would like us to believe.
As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to say the vast majority of Americans find political correctness to be a joke. The only ones who take it seriously are those in the government who feel it’s there job to protect the feelings of the few people who are perpetually offended by nearly everything, like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and white paper.
Is it just me, or has political correctness run itself out? Why are we pandering to the hyper-sensitive?