POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 12:19pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 11:01am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — This is the kind of stuff you cannot make up.
But, for a time in my life I lived there, and sadly, this does not surprise me.
Government workers in Seattle have been advised the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions.
KOMO-TV reports 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.
According to the memo, city employees should use the terms "lunch-and-learn" or "sack lunch" instead of "brown bag."
But, Seattle isn't alone. State lawmakers have voted to remove gender specific words in official records.
Freshmen are now "first-years," journeymen are "journey-level," and penmanship is simply "handwriting."
To offend or not to offend, turns out to be a very sensitive question.
I need a few days off.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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