CIT*ZEN' OFFENSIVE? See What Other Wo...

CIT*ZEN' OFFENSIVE? See What Other Words Seattle Tries to Ban

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Offended BrownBag

Baltimore, MD

#1 Aug 2, 2013
Thank God! You don't know how many times this resident has been offended by being called brown bag because of the color of my skin.

"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."

"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 said.

According to the memo, city employees should use the terms "lunch-and-learn" or "sack lunch" instead of "brown bag."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/02/se...
Sack Lunch

Washington, VA

#2 Aug 2, 2013
Offended BrownBag wrote:
Thank God! You don't know how many times this resident has been offended by being called brown bag because of the color of my skin.
"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."
"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 said.
According to the memo, city employees should use the terms "lunch-and-learn" or "sack lunch" instead of "brown bag."
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/02/se...
My gay name is sack lunch. Are you hungry?

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