Words no longer have to be offensive to be banned by the City of Seattle. They just have to be “potentially offensive.” Gee, how do you measure that? Doesn’t every word have the “potential” of being offensive?
SEATTLE – An internal memo at Seattle City Hall is causing quite a stir. It suggests government workers no longer use the terms “citizen,” or “brown bag.”
According to the Office for Civil Rights, the terms are potentially offensive and other words should be used.
“Luckily, we’ve got options,” Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo. “For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?'” Bronstein wrote.
The Office of Civil Rights says Seattle serves all residents, whether they’re United States citizens or not.
And while city leaders publicize “brown bag” lunch meetings as a way to designate a bring-your-own lunch time event, the term has a sordid history.
“It used to be a way people could judge skin color,” Bronstein said in a phone interview.
Does the public find it offensive? Most people agree it’s not.
- Seattle City Officials Aim To Ban ‘Potentially Offensive’ Language (seattle.cbslocal.com)
- Seattle To Ban ‘Offensive’ Words Like ‘Citizen’ (patdollard.com)
- Seattle officials urge ban on ‘potentially offensive’ words (foxnews.com)
By Lori Camper