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August 2, 2013 - 8:43 am

Well, why not? We’re already throwing away our traditions, our faith, and our national defense. Why not throw our language away too?

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.

But usually, like 99.9999% of the time, it’s used to describe one of these.

brown-bag

A bag, that’s lightly brown. Brown. Bag. It’s not complicated.

“Citizen” used to be a term that meant the person had a status with respect to their rights and the law. Now it’s raaaacist, or something.

Why do we allow paranoid and crazy folks to dictate policy on millions of people? Can somebody explain that to me?

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.

Sigh. Other cities are taking political correctness to similar levels. New York is reportedly against the use of “dinosaur” because it can rile up evangelicals. Speaking as an evangelical, that’s nuts. Anyone who gets their bippy bent by “dinosaur” belongs in the booby hatch.

Soon enough, we won’t be able to talk at all.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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And I suppose the term, "I'll be all over you like white on rice/ugly on ape" is now considered racist as well. That's why I'm proposing that the term be replaced with "like clueless on government employee".
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Citizen and Brown Bag Banned from Seattle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETTMRyAujC4
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the new-age liberals who want all of america to walk on eggshells from now on while trying like hell to turn this country into sodom and gormarrah will soon be in for a severe reality-check. reality is the worsest drug these new age newborns have ever seen. thatz what happens to people who have been breast-fed-spoon-fed all their sorry-ass lives!!!
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Nobody expects' the Word Police!
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"Why do we allow paranoid and crazy folks to dictate policy on millions of people? "

Speaking of throwing away the language, policies are dictated TO people, not ON people.

Thank you.
36 weeks ago
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I tried to think of some witty, sarcastic response joining this to the other article about Charlie Rangel, but I am way too disgusted by being referred to as a "white cracker" to think in humorous tones.
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While we're at it, let's talk about the authority to do something being 'grandfathered' in. That is rooted in post-Civil War constraints on the voting rights of poor and illiterate blacks. Do we need to eliminate that very useful term from common usage, and come up with about a hundred more words to describe it in a vanilla manner?
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"Vanilla manner" - surely that is racist.
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I saw the comments about the brown bag test, but I had never heard of it, much less made any reference to it on my own. I refuse to have terminology removed from my vocabulary just because someone can dig up an obscure usage. Hell, Anthony makes "weiner" a dirty word - so what?

No, a brown bagger to me is a street wino disguising his bottle of Thunderbird. Apologies to all the street winos here who are offended.
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How about "our comrades?" Better yet, "our comrades in the eternal struggle against dooshbag white supremacist imperialist colonialist genocidal sexist privileged patriarchal anti-intersectionalists?"

Our gov't has probably manufactured more racists in the last 6 years than in the history of America. I mean, how could you escape it given the definitions. Talk about "driving while black," how about "breathing while white?"
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He said "booby"!
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