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.
"For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein
So, here is what I propose. Maybe would should just take the words black, brown, grey, white, and red out of the dictionary, along with words senior, old, fat, bald, tall, short, medium, average, dark, light, tan, skinny, good, bad, crook, murderer, rapist, thief, convict, man, woman, male, female, drunk, drug addict, after all, these are all words that could conjure up emotions and negative responses. By the way, the word "blue" greatly offends me because my religion , The First Church of Nonsense, forbids the color blue I ask the great city of Seattle to ban people entering or working in city hall from wearing anything blue. Thank you.