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Seattle removes offensive words 'citizen,' 'brown bag' from vocabulary

Posted by on Aug. 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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Man looking into his brown lunch bag (© Ocean/Corbis)

Seattle removes offensive words 'citizen,' 'brown bag' from vocabulary

6 hrs ago

Sorry Seattle residents, but citizens are no longer allowed to brown bag it, because city officials have decided that the words "citizen" and "brown bag" are offensive. The Office for Civil Rights has circulated a memo encouraging government employees to stop using those terms. Memo author Elliott Bronstein suggests using "residents," "sack lunch" or "lunch and learn" instead. (Because everyone will start asking co-workers "Are we hitting Subway or did you lunch and learn it today?") Bronstein says that brown bag could be misinterpreted as a reference to skin color, while citizen isn't inclusive enough. "A lot of people who live in Seattle aren't citizens but they are residents," he said. "[Citizens] doesn't include a lot of folks." [Source] [Source]


http://now.msn.com/seattle-says-words-citizen-and-brown-bag-could-be-offensive

by on Aug. 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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Mommabearbergh
by on Aug. 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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Umm wth. I would not think brown bag is a reference to skin color unless some said hey lets do the brown bag test on you which I would find offensive as hell. If some one said I am brown bagging it I would think they brought lunch from home. I honestly think they are getting to hung up on things.
meriana
by Platinum Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM
So brown bag is wrong because it could be seen as a reference to skin color, even though no one has EVER taken it as such and citizen isn't inclusive enough. How about we get rid of all this PC stuff and those who use it to try and control speech
lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Aug. 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Omg how fucking stupid. Side note, I think anything with the word sack in it is infinity more offensive.
AlekD
by Gold Member on Aug. 3, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Don't care. Still madly in love with Seattle.
Chaos1229
by Tasha on Aug. 3, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Are you kidding me ? That is just absurd !
Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Aug. 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM
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Only in Seattle.  LOL

romalove
by Roma on Aug. 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM
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Quoting Peanutx3:

Only in Seattle.  LOL

I wish this were true, but there is a lot of stupid all over.
BuckeyezRule
by Bronze Member on Aug. 3, 2013 at 12:14 AM
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What's next? White House? Black box (like those things on planes) ?  The house IS white. The box IS black. The bag IS brown. I like the city itself, but they must have other things to worry about. Lol

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 3, 2013 at 1:32 AM
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What a absolutely silly way to think and act on.

Hilarious.

Time and energy wasted on this one.

Raintree
by Ruby Member on Aug. 3, 2013 at 1:54 AM
The 'citizen' thing reminds me of something. Have to see if I can find it..
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