Offensive language list in Seattle to include ‘citizen,’ ‘brown bag’

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seattle-city-hallA memo circulating around Seattle City Hall is the latest example of political correctness run amok, with another city bureaucrat justifying his title, job and existence.

The memo, drafted by Elliott Bronstein of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights, took umbrage at the use of words like “citizen” and “brown bag,” according to KOMO Channel 4 News.

“Luckily, we’ve got options,” Bronstein wrote in the memo. “For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?'”

That, he said, would reflect the fact that Seattle serves everyone, whether they are U.S. citizens or not.

And while he was at it, Bronstein attempted to nix City Hall “brown bag luncheon meetings.”

“It used to be a way people could judge skin color,” Bronstein said in a phone interview with KOMO.

Brown bags are what my mom used to stuff my meat loaf sandwich, Jonathan apple and oatmeal cookies into. But that’s just me.

KOMO noted that the memo served as the latest in a long list of societal objections over so-called “offensive” terms: “Freshman are now ‘first-years,’ journeymen are ‘journey-level,’ and penmanship is simply ‘handwriting.’”

And that doesn’t include so-called “racial code words” that MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews and Touré claim are out there, such as, “welfare,” “crime,” “Muslim” and “socialist.” Matthews even billed “Chicago” as a racial code word.

The next time I book a flight to the Windy City, I suppose I’ll have to tell the travel agent I want to go to a Midwestern city on the west coast of Lake Michigan. I’ll probably end up in Milwaukee.

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