Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Seattle officials call for ban on 'potentially offensive' language

Perhaps we should remember that Seattle is the city that restricts snow removal to protect the sea from too much salt!

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.

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."

Bronstein told KIRO Radio the word "citizen" should be avoided because many people who live in Seattle are residents, not citizens. "They are legal residents of the United States and they are residents of Seattle. They pay taxes and if we use a term like citizens in common use, then it doesn't include a lot of folks," Bronstein said.



Anonymous said...

Will they require crayon sellers to remove all the brown crayons? Excuse me crayons of color because they're used for skin color.

Anonymous said...

ladies and gentlemen, her it is, living proof that liberalism IS a mental disorder!

Anonymous said...

I have NEVER heard of "Brown Bag" being used in a racial form. I suspect the person who thought it's racial has a serious personality defect.

Brian from Rochester NY said...

"Brown-bagging it" has always meant bringing your own lunch to me, so I intend to keep using it.

This ranks up there with the idea that the term "sandwich" is a form of 'subtle racism'.

Get a life, people!

Anonymous said...

Seattle, widely known as one of (the most) liberal places on the planet, seems to be reenforcing it's richly-deserved reputation as "Ground-Zero" for mush-brained, mindless leftists. Personally, i couldn't possibly care less about what happens there. Also,

"Beware of those who cry racism, for they are the true racists..."

Anonymous said...

So if I can't use a brown bag for my lunch, I guess I'll have to get one of the white ones. But would that be considered racist be cause it's white or anti-environment since white paper is bleached with chlorine? But it would be considered pro-environment since I use mine for a couple of weeks and then recycle it. This is all terribly confusing.

Just Trying To Help said...

Anon 8:04 said, "This is all terribly confusing."

Conservatives are confused easily. You might want to pray for divine guidance.

Anonymous said...

What in the hell are they talking about?
I seriously doubt there was ever a time when actual brown bags were used as a guide to whether a person's skin colour was sufficiently pale. This makes no sense and sounds like a total urban myth.
As for the word 'citizen' it has a clear and well understood meaning. As long as it is used correctly how could it be offensive?

Anonymous said...

Anything and everything can been seen as "offensive" to someone, especially if it helps them further their agenda, or produces a quick "settlement". ($$$)

There is nothing more offensive than the chronically offended.

Anonymous said...

so we can't call a brown bag lunch literally what it actually is?

Anonymous said...

maybe we should start teaching kids to not be offended. Sticks and stones etc.