Seattle Bans the Word “Citizen” Because it Might Offend Non-Citizens

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When Seattle one day gets around to banning all words, because language is inherently offensive to the illiterate, and everyone is reduced to communicating with grunts and emphatic gestures, an era of true tolerance and nomadic lifestyles will be upon us.

For the moment, we have to make do with small victories of tolerance like outlawing “Brown Bag” and “Citizen“.

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?'”

For Office of Civil Rights how about 1984’s Ministry of Truth. Or the USSR’s Department for Agitation and Propaganda or China’s Chinese Central Propaganda Department.

We’ve got options.

But it’s offensive to call an agency that exists to violate civil rights, the Office for Civil Rights.

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.

It’s currently in use by black people as a color test. See Colorism. Banning people from using a word that is not in any way offensive because some black people use it as a color test is offensive.
According to the memo, city employees should use the terms “lunch-and-learn” or “sack lunch” instead of “brown bag.”
Or alternatively, they could use “Bronstein Sack” in place of the euphonious “lunch and learn”. Or “Sack of Bronstein” in commemoration of the man who taught us that brown bags are racist.
Bronstein told KIRO Radio the word “citizen” should be avoided because many people who live in Seattle are residents, not citizens.”They are legal residents of the United States and they are residents of Seattle. They pay taxes and if we use a term like citizens in common use, then it doesn’t include a lot of folks,” Bronstein said.

Like Democratic voters.

  • Elizabeth capecod

    So brown bag is out. It’s insulting. How about the word ‘tea bagging’. Is that one still OK???

    • Boogie’s daddy

      How about soup and “crazy a*s crackers” for lunch? I learned on MSNBC that because an under articulate girl in Florida said so, this is a term for “policeman”. I’ve never been a police officer myself, but I have been called cracker a couple of times.
      To understand Seattle you have to read Charlotte’s Web. “The pigs are talking!”

      • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

        That would insult the intelligence of a pig.

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Yes. Tea baggers aren’t left wingnuts.

    • PoorPitifulPearl

      No, tea bagging actually has a very dirty connotation (think tampon) and is reprehensible when referring to the Tea Party. If only the left would have left that alone, because all we cared about is that this country rebelled against taxation without representation and started that big tea party by dumping it overboard so the “Crown” couldn’t collect the tax on it.

  • zirtoc

    As a non-resident of Seattle, I am offended by the use of “resident” in official documents and demand its immediate removal.

    • truebearing

      If you are a resident, but not a citizen, you may not have to pay taxes. Check with your CPA, lawyer, or local ACORN chapter.

      • zirtoc

        I should probably point out that I’m a non-resident of Seattle because I live in Pennsylvania.

        • sueann

          I agree.. I also am a non-resident of Seattle because, I am a resident of North Carolina and a CITZEN of The United States of AMERCIA !! I am over tired of people being so sensitive.. no joking.. nothing.. I suggest people to get a life…

      • Jo

        Frankly, I think Seattle should ban ACORN, b/c being NUTS is not only crazy…it’s “OFFENSIVE”!!

      • NotYour UsualPolitics

        Local Acorn Chapter? Acorn has no chapters Acorn disbanded 3 years ago they don’t exist anymore. Insofar as not paying taxes ask Wesley Snipes how that works out for a person. He was a member of the Sovereign Citizen (whoops there goes that word) Movement of the 90’s who claimed the Income tax amendment was never properly ratified by the states. He went to Federal Prison for it with a sentence of 3 years. After the Blade movies he deserved prison but I thought 3 years was a high price for bad acting……lol

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Ciiiiiiitttttttttttiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiizzzzzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!! There, I said a dirty word. Sue me Seattle.

  • http://www.the-eggman.com/ TS Eggleston

    JUST when I think it can’t get more STOOPID …

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Yes it can.

    • herb benty

      You want stupid? How about that up here in Canada(Vancouver,B.C.) the citizens Elected a Mayor who is a George Soros plant. Gregor Robertson won the election as a leftist. New bicycle paths are all the rage and Acorn is knocking on my door occasionally. I told the commies I loved Glenn Beck and they took off.

      • thock

        I don’t like Acorn and such but I don’t like Beck either. He is nuts.

        • herb benty

          That pal is the reason for your problems. Beck predicted almost everything the Progs under Obama were going to do-and was right on. The left hates to be exposed and so their Alinski tactics of “ridicule” applies to Glenn Beck. Beck is a wonderful man, try listening, you will learn something.

          • thock

            That’s what I learned listening to him that Beck is nuts.

          • herb benty

            He must have said something you disagreed with, but thanks for calling Beck nuts, indicating your ideology.

          • Zeke Soulis

            He has practically stated Christianity is the only right religion, and most of his ideas are borderline paranoid schizophrenic talk at best, and this isn’t biased slander. He actually sounds incredibly similar to a paranoid schizophrenic.

          • herb benty

            Zeke, the “Gospel” means, good news. I guess as long as a person can say ,” there are so MANY religions, must mean none are true! Western Christians, free to worship as they please, produced the highly successful Western way of life, a sure footing that you and your ilk now use to mock the beliefs of our Founders. Hint: demons are cast out from people around the world, IN THE NAME OF JESUS. The devils do not obey other names, mohammed, budda, etc., etc. Our Judeo- Christianity is based on the reality that our Creator entered His creation and showed how much He loves us. You should have that, “paranoid schizophrenic” fixation of yours looked at

          • Jo

            Zeke….if you are a Christian, that is what you MUST believe. IT doesn’t make you hateful toward others or paranoid or schizophrenic….. It is similar to the fact that if you believe the world is round, you cannot believe it is also flat.

          • DiscipleofYahushua

            Beck is controlled opposition. He pretends to be a Liberty minded guy quite often and then all of the sudden attacks Liberty minded movements/people. Beck like anyone else should not be taken as the Gospel. Take information from as many sources as you can find from all around the world; as well as publications; such as books and white papers dating back 100 years and start ciphering through connecting dots.

            May YHVH bless you with discernment.

          • herb benty

            Your first 2 sentences are out and out false, I don’t take Beck as “Gospel”, just a truth-teller that is widely accepted and enjoyed. Yes, Israelis love Beck and so does the Judeo-Christian God who I also LOVE. Try the Holy Bible and keep searching.

          • herb benty

            Beck is a huge supporter of Israel, the Jewish people like Glenn a lot. Beck does not attack freedom lovers. Satan is a liar from the beginning, and the father of it. Jesus Christ is the Word of God . The Gospel was intended to be easily understood. I am warned against vain philosophy that has consumed you. THE BIBLE.

          • 172pilot

            I’m not doubting or attacking, just genuinely interested and
            curious.. I’d like to see some examples of him attacking “liberty minded people”.. Do you have any examples? I’ve not followed him much recently, but I never saw that…

          • Jo

            Nothing is “gospel” except for THE GOSPEL. Period. Beck just has a lot more connection to reality than anyone I have heard for the last 20 years from the left.

        • Jo

          Sorry…..ACORN is NUTS by definition…look it up! (hahahaha) but if you are not literate enough to use a dictionary, just check out their behavior….and Beck doesn’t even come close. While he isn’t a favorite of mine, you lose credibility just by trying to say they are similar. One has a fair amount of common sense. The other, ACORN (and their related henchmen) has (have) NO SENSE, whatsoever!!

      • david ramseur

        I even heard that youth soccer leagues in Canada are now playing without the ball because competition, winning/losing is evil! If the player believes he kicked a goal it happened, but if the goal tender says that he stopped the ball then it happened. Kids are made to run around on a field pretending to kick a ball! Liberalism and Political Correctness are opposite to reality and really do create utter stupidity.

        • herb benty

          Leftist idiocy is common in Canada( I’m in Vancouver),haven’t heard of the no-ball thing but I do believe it. There are around 6000 gay “families” and nearly 4,000,000 million 2 parent hetero families in the Province of Ontario. Yet the idiotic school board wants to re-name Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to reflect,”diversity”to become…..Games Day. You can’t make this stuff up. Your last sentence is accurate. Bye

          • 172pilot

            By “Gay”, you certainly mean “Happy”, right?

          • herb benty

            Wish that were true.

  • truebearing

    I’m offended by paying taxes to pay abject morons to make idiotic rules that are driven by a cowardly response to bullies.

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Time to revolt. How does one deal with a bully? POW! Right in the kisser.

      • http://www.RightFightHQ.com/ WeCanWinThisFight

        Boy, I sure do miss Jackie Gleason… better days they were.

        New POLL! on the States fighting Obama’s abuses of federal power …Please Vote! @RightFightHQ(.)com

      • truebearing

        The time for outrage and robocalls seems to have proven its futility. It’s time to challenge the Left’s assumptions….or fade into impotence.

        • cHUCK

          Agreed. See my post, above. If you know anyone living and working in Seattle, esp. city employees, this is something you should share with them.

      • SGM Bob

        No – you white bag them….. ;-)

        • Government is FUBAR

          Ultimately, the only solution to tyrants is to body bag them.

          • porterv

            I like the way you are thinking. Sic semper tyrannis

        • SGM Bob

          I did NOT write this comment!

      • cHUCK

        There may be a better way. The City of Seattle might be sued by both citizens at large and city employees subjected to this stupid rule. It all depends on what the penalty is for “violation” of the rule. Any effort to enforce it might be deemed a violation of the 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech.

        There’s nothing in our Constitution that suggests that speech must be racially, ethnically or color neutral or non-offensive. Using the “N” word can’t be effectively outlawed, even if it’s offensive to virtually everyone, because free speech has traditionally been upheld in the courts – even to the point of dismissing charges against persons who burned the U.S. flag as a sign of protest (a case that made national news years ago).

        The only exceptions, and they’ve been discussed many times over the years, are incitement to commit crimes or riots or false representation of an emergency – such as shouting “FIRE” in a crowded room or building.

        If racial slurs or other offensive words could be legally banned, a large portion of the population would be either in court or in jail. The City of Seattle needs a lesson in civil rights, and this is a good issue to raise. The prohibited words are inherently inoffensive and the rule is arbitrary and irrational.

        If several city employees were to get together, openly “violate” the stupid rule and get slapped with some sort of punishment, then hire a good Constitutional lawyer, and take the City of Seattle to federal court, it might nip this sort of thing in the bud before it gets totally out of control. As a minimum, it would make the City of Seattle appear extremely foolish. At best, it might cost the City of Seattle a significant amount in both personal and punitive damages.

    • SGM Bob

      I’m with you.

  • truebearing

    From the beginning, the Marxists have claimed egalitarianism as their purpose, but linguistic manipulation is as far as they have ever gotten, and this is yet another idiotic example.
    The true-believers, and the power obsessed cynics within the collective — who always end up with all of the power — have never progressed in their delusional dialectic past the point of language manipulation when it comes to their egalitarian nonsense. When they see it is failing, yet again, they reflexively turn to Procrustean Method to achieve what moronic rules couldn’t.

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Egalitarian is pure fantasy. Their goal was absolute power and complete subjugation of the individual. Procrustean method/ More like the PreCambrian (prehistoric) Method.

  • skhpcola

    Scratch a progtard, uncover a wannabe totalitarian. No surprise there. Liberals are intolerant retards, although they do play their best at being morally superior. Usually, their attempts fail and they are revealed to be petty, spiteful morons. This right here illustrates that very well.

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Morally superior to whom? A stonefish?

      • Jo

        I believe he said, “play”, as in ACT, at being morally superior…b/c we all know they are not too sure what morality is, as in the WORD, IS.

    • David Blythe

      Conservative Freedom ensures “Equality of Opportunity”
      Liberal Socialism requires “Equality of Outcome”
      and THAT is why the two can never coexist in a Bipartisan Congress. ~ DJ

  • Spartacus

    This is the most retarded thing I’ve ever read about :))

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Seattle is retarded.

  • Drakken

    We have lost our effing collective minds !

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Adding all the minds in left wing cities and states wouldn’t make a whole person.

  • Franchino

    Seattle has not banned “cracker”

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Demonizing whites and trampling on them is never offensive.

    • Name

      so when did cracker become a dirty word? The dictionary used to define it as a citizen of Georgia or Florida back in the 60’s or 70’s. I AM A CRACKER

      • TrueBlueInUSA

        I just wonder what they would say about a Ritz Cracker…ritzy is a word that can’t be applied to anyone but the affluent…and they would resent being called a cracker….so maybe they should change the word “cracker” to wafer? Just kidding. I think this PC stuff stinks to high heaven. Pretty soon everyone will find something to be offended by. Hey…maybe I’m offended by the word ‘gay’ as applied to homosexuals because when I grew up, it meant happy and cheerful…and that was my name. I had to change it. Just call me Blue. Would that offend any race or creed? I hope not.

        • PapaSmurf

          Smurfs would object!

  • Bill Jones

    why is it that every fucking time a word get banned it is because of some black race card BULLSHIT????????????

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Because that’s what colored “minds” are made of.

      • herb benty

        What is the matter with YOUR brain. Spread your racist crap somewhere else sonny, We know you’re only here to make right thinkers look, well, like you, which isn’t possible.

    • herb benty

      Bill, Bill, Bill, the word ban is for illegals that haven’t got up to speed on English- not a black race card anything

  • RedStateVet

    Newpseak Dictionary, Volume Five. This is doubleplusungood.

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Big Brother is watching you.

  • Avniel

    That’s it, I am not going to press 1 ever again!

  • DogmaelJones1

    Citizens no more. Just members of a strange and dying political entity called the U.S.

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      A new Third World banana republic.

  • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn
    Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take that Seattle. And your coffee isn’t fit for human consumption. Looks and tastes like river sewage. Or nuclear waste.

  • Howard Beale

    Let’s just make some $h!t up, ok?!

    I never heard about the brown-bag test … thanks for creating something offensive out of a very simple household item. J4CK4$$!

    • 172pilot

      Uh oh.. you used the word “simple”.. Surely you are offending Seattle government officials.. Afterall, that will remind them that they are “intellectually challenged” :-)

    • PoorPitifulPearl

      Howard, I , for one, never heard of the brown bag test and I’m in my early 70’s. Brown bagging for us began in the first grade when we carried our lunch to school in one, folded it carefully afterward, and took it home to use another day. The only test was to see if it still had enough strength to carry lunch another day. We’d hate to have the peanut butter sandwich fall out of the bottom.

  • kevinstroup

    And what will they do if people keep using those words? Never let a dickless turd intimidate you. Doesn’t matter if they have a title or badge. EFF EM.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    ““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.”

    Say what? I’m calling BS on that one. We’re getting more sensitive about colors. Any colors in any context. Colors are offensive!!

    What color bag goes 0’Bama use? Will he be speaking to us about this latest color controversy?

    • truebearing

      Now, Now! Don’t be a baggist!
      Obama would use a white bag. That is where he heaps the burden of our nation,

    • poetcomic1

      t i would LOVE to see if our POTUS would pass the ‘brown bag test’. He is fairer skinned in person than many realize

    • 172pilot

      He’s too busy telling Dan Snider to stop using “Redskins” (another color, afterall..)

    • http://twayneking.blogspot.com Tom King

      If it offends black people, then be offended at the practice when applied in the manner above. Brown-bagging in the lunch context simply means carrying your lunch to work. I used to carry lunch to school in paper sacks (brown bags). We also called them “sack lunches”. A sack lunch was generally for kids and brown-bagging was for grownups – terminology wise. Nothing more. Besides, the idea is stupid that someone would be banned for being more brown than a paper sack. That screens out everyone with a suntan including a lot of cute blondes. Whoever came up with that one must have been hosting a party for Irish albinos (and I can say that because I’m Irish and we can be a pale bunch – it’s a fact and since I do have Irish ancestry, I can call us what I like because I’m a member of the offendee class and therefore cannot be racist or at least not toward the Gaelic peoples). Removing words from use is a tactic used by people who have run out of ideas. Orwell’s book 1984 described the banning of books, words and even historical events from the public conscious as a means of mind control. Shades of big brother folk!

      • http://twayneking.blogspot.com Tom King

        And how come I’m the only one here who posts my real name and picture on here? This is part of the problem, you know. We don’t mind complaining as long as we don’t have to take responsibility. If the NSA wants my photo and name they can have it. I’m not afraid and I refuse to cower.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        The bottom line is that it is communist thinking that is our enemy.

  • OfficialPro

    I swear to gawd, there’s something in the water in Seattle. I think some of the stupid flows down from the Gulf Islands. Hippie town.

  • http://twayneking.blogspot.com Tom King

    Seattle – It’s where we store our Democrats in Washington State. If we let ‘em out into the forests, the bears eat them and get food poisoning and die and we’d hate to see that happen.

    • PoorPitifulPearl

      Tom, if only we could send all liberals, LGBT’s and most of D.C. to California, and allow those who live there who prefer not to be associated with those kinds of people, we’d all be celebrating. The problem is, when people live in the biggest cities for more than a short time, they all become lemmings and have one collective brain and heartbeat. For instance, Texas is a red state, but the three biggest cities are definitely blue and getting uglier by the minute…i.e., Wendy Davis, the baby killer who wants to run for Governorship of Texas. She had to arrange for busloads of screaming meemies from other states to pounce on the state capital in Austin to filibuster a law that was to prevent abortions in the 3rd trimester (at which time the babies are fully capable of feeling pain and surviving outside of the womb, and to guarantee that the abortion clinics were safe, staffed by certified physicians with hospital privileges in case a woman had an emergency following the abortion. Duh! They screamed about women dying because they used coat hangers to cause their own abortions, but Wendy doesn’t want doctors to prevent these terrible things from happening? All I can say is that these pro-choice women want is for themselves to be able to choose…not the babies. Hey! I’ve got an idea!!!! For goodness sakes, just don’t get pregnant, girls! Keep your skirts down, your knees together and save that precious power you have for marriage. That’ll prevent pregnancy 100% of the time. Too bad they don’t teach morality anymore.

      • http://twayneking.blogspot.com Tom King

        I’m a transplanted Texas – kind of a missionary to the liberal Hottentots up here in the Pacific Northwest. There are a surprising number of conservatives up here I have discovered. Texas has basically two liberal bastions where we store our Democrats – Houston and Austin. The seat of power in any state is where liberals tend to live because they are drawn to the centers of government. San Antonio is a little more diverse with more conservatives than you think because so many Hispanic businessmen work from there. Dallas/Ft. Worth and most other areas leans toward the conservative because of their business/industry based economy. The cities aren’t quite as powerful. More rural areas like East Texas are rather densely populated given they’re supposed to be rural. It’s because we all want to retire there by a lake and old people tend to be more conservative (even old reformed hippies like me). If only we could make them all Progressive Socialist Planned Parenthood kind of folk. Perhaps they’d die out as a species. One can only hope.

  • She_patriot

    Brown bag, really? Since when is it offensive to take your lunch to work ! I guess all the ladies better start carrying purses of other colors so they won’t slip and ask someone to hand them their “brown bag” ! So what’s the punishment ? Are they going to wash your mouth out with soap, well it better be bio-safe or they will have the EPA on them ! I can hardly wait to see the Seattle version of pinko’s gone mad video !

  • gimpi

    I feel dumber for having read this. The true divisive bigots of the world are the ones that make every non-issue into an issue.

  • Jerms

    And the ‘civilized world’ continues its downward spiral.

  • Mach1Duck

    Ah, double speak from the Thought Police from the Department of Peace and Love. May your mashed potatoes have lumps.

  • Heather

    Such a smart government… “Lunch and Learn” is copyrighted. Let them use it. Then the city can pay fees for using it.

  • poetcomic1

    Uh, excuse me Mr. Brownstein, America’s hair is on ifre.

  • m4253y

    if they wish to be truly politically correct, they must rename Seattle to Sealth.

    Sealth was a Duwamish Indian leader who had befriended the settlers when they had located in what is now the Pioneer Square District after having arrived in 1851.

    so, the PC police there should be all over this, shouldn’t they? (gasp)

  • southerntokin .

    And the PUSSIFICATION of America continues…..

    • 172pilot

      You’re offending my cat..

      • Davesnothere

        made me laugh :)

  • taosnow

    Soon they will ban the word AMERICAN ,for the same reasons….oh well.

  • Geneva Phoenix

    This is so ridiculous there is not really much you can say. Some people just want to be offended, some don’t have anything else to do, and some are just trying to get attention. Guess you just can’t fix stupid.

  • Brimstone52

    In accordance with Elliott Bronstein’s diktat, it is now offensive to use the word “red” as a synonym for “communist” as it is “colourist”.

  • David Blythe

    45 years ago Seattle was not a hive of flaming leftists… not sure what manner of Political Correctness the Alinskyites used, but it seems to have given the place a Proto-Detroit ideology fitting of the term “Left Coast”.

  • lucy lieu

    “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?’” How about continuing to use the word “citizens” you pitful jackass

  • lucy lieu

    How about banning the word “banana” that must be offensive to the non white people, it could be a reference to monkeys.

    • cvxxx

      That is a reference to Asians who a yellow (Asian) on the outside but white inside.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Kobor/100002821520567 Kathryn Kobor

    I am terribly offended by criminal illegal aliens who kill and maim our citizens of all colors!!

  • Moms for Morals

    Sounds to me like Bronstein and similar folks need more duties to keep them busy. They have too much time on their hands to dream up such drivel! And “brown bag” down south means hiding your liquor bottle in a brown paper lunch sack.

  • Can’ttakemyfreedoms

    So its offensive to use the word citizen because non-citizens may be offended? SERIOUSLY. Do you think citizens of other countries give a shit if we are offended by the same word in their country. NO. Yet we have to tip toe around every thing now so as not to offend anyone. Oh and the “brown bag” comment: MLK fought to end segregation, but here we are making color an issue again. I am scared to see what happens to our country if morons keep this kind of stuff up. Governments can not ban words, can not keep us from saying what we want because we have the First Amendment Right of the FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

  • David Pinkham

    hey why not ban the words vanilla and mayo or cracker they offend us white people. these pc police need to go jump off a cliff !

    • MsMama Mae Barnes

      Lmao

  • http://xeeMe.com/AxelS AxelS

    Maybe they consider banning the term “Government Worker” as it may offend tax payer.

  • David E

    Actually this a bold move by the city official.. because he clearly understands the difference and power of being a (Citizen) verses being a (Subject) of the State of Washington ( Resident )… As a resident, you are not viewed as (Sovereign Citizen) but a (Subject) and granted privileges by that state and also allows them to enforce their interpretation of law upon you as a Subject provided by their state Constitution.

    • Bill Griffin

      This is the move of a dumbass. I wonder if he finds that word offensive.

  • daniel

    A brown bag is a container. “Brown bagging it” refers to one who carries his lunch to work. What part of this does Seattle not get? . Fools are more commonly found in politics then are wise men.

  • tagalog

    Seattle, you MUST stop the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes! Y’all are getting really out there!

    Since when is “brown bag” a racial term? Since when? Who made that one up? The same guy who objected to “niggardly” and “black hole” as being racist?

  • Zeke Soulis

    Anybody offended by either of these terms in this day and age is a pathetic excuse for an individual. I’m rather tolerant of different opinions and ideas, but when they are protecting less people then they are bothering it just makes everyone look stupid. The fact that the term “brown bag” is offensive just shows that people are allowing anything and everything to get to them.

  • ickymudd

    I will go out of my way to find a reason to use both the word “citizen” and the term “brown bag” in the hope that I offend every miscreant that imagines that these expressions offend them.

  • renojim_2000

    I’m offended by having to share my Citizenship with such idiots.

  • Lin LaTrajet

    This is an outrage! Since when does any city have any authority whatsoever over the English language. This article will go into the sequel to this book as an example of consummate stupidity! http://patriotsamerica.homestead.com/PatriotBooks.html

  • Bobby

    THIS IS INSANE… or is that a bad word to use!!!

  • waltinseattle

    My fellow enemies of state. rest easy. Seattle has not fallen into hell and there is no chance that you will all die from the cloud of sulphurous fumes escaping. and btw, for the slow readers, the ban was in public documents, and does not apply to the everyday citizen in the streets, nor to the mojados hiding among us eager to steal our jobs. thanks for you concerns

  • Aaron Egnor

    I suggest allowing Seattle’s flamboyant gay citi-, err, residents to lead all learning exercises held during the traditional mid-day meal and refer to each session as a “Flaming Sack of Bronstein” from this moment forth.

  • Anonymous

    “brown bag” has been used historically as a way to judge skin color….that’s the first I’ve ever heard of in my life :/ No it hasn’t and he is breaching your 1st amendment…

  • dreamour

    The idea of changing our English language along with common Dictionary meanings was present in the Evil Dictator form of Government portrayed in the novel, “1984” Obama has thrown his Dictator hat in the ring with his New World “upside down” version of our language. The word, “Citizen” suggests someone who has Rights as a member of a sovereign nation. The word, “Resident” reduces our status to a person living in a particular place. Get it ? The military call it “PsyOps” for what it is: Psychological Warfare Operations. Obama has already infested our school systems with the muslim terrorist ideals of the muslim Brotherhood organization called “CAIR”. He is attempting to infuse muslim ideas of Murder, Torture and Pedophilia into our American culture as he also attempts to trash our Constitution and replace it with muslim terrorist “Sharia Law”. That law fully authorizes murder, torture and pedophilia. Let NO ONE try to inform you otherwise. Never forget this muslim is a Foreign born Terrorist intent on destruction of ALL that is America. Muslims have a chronic liars code that they believe endorses murder and lies in the name of Islam.

  • Philip de la Cour

    We are citizens of planet Earth, how the hell is that offensive? grow a brain ya wankers. Citizen, Citizen, Citizen.

  • jsteele98

    Democratic civilization is the first in history to blame itself because another power is trying to destroy it.

    … Jean-François Revel

  • disqus_IK4JLhzYdo

    Oh, my word! What will get banned next? Maybe “FIRST AMENDMENT”? I dont live there but my heart goes out to you. We gotta start standing up to the stupidity of it all. I ran across an article that Glenn Beck wrote about a man in MD who was arrested for asking a question at the local school board, and could face 10 yrs in prison! This kind of stuff is no longer funny.

  • Fed the f*** up!

    So, as a citizen I’m supposed to be tolerant of the “non-citizens” aka illegal immigrants raping my state (aka my paycheck) who are blatantly not tolerant of me?

  • ManOfTheLog

    Considering that the individual in the White House is a “resident” and NOT a “citizen”, it is fitting. Wow!! 3 more years of Big-O. However, I’m sure we probably will not have an election at that point since you don’t do elections when under martial law.

  • Jill_Calkins

    I’ve never heard the term “brown-bag” as anything OTHER than as a reference to the manner in which someone carries their lunch. How far back in history does one have to go in order to hear the “derogatory” version? Further back than the people who are complaining, I’d wager.

  • SGM Bob

    Seattle is still filled with idiots. And here I thought only New Orleans “citizens” were so ignorant. But now – New Orleans sure takes a back seat to Seattle…..

  • cocomom

    If I was a Seattle “resident”, I’d double my use of the now forbidden words.. Triple my use.

  • TexasTed

    What gave anyone the misconception that they have the power to tell me what I can and cannot say and to decide for anyone, other than yourself, what words should and should not be spoken.

  • Guest Poster

    Uh, Bronstein? A “resident” is NOT a “citizen”, and does not enjoy the rights and privileges that “citizenship” brings to one. Are you so stupid as to not understant that?
    Time to banish both “The Office of Civil Rights” and the idiot who heads it- you.
    With luck some “resident” who is not a “citizen” might pay you and your family an early morning visit intended to relieve you of property. And maybe even life.

  • aokdriving

    Its time to kick down the doors of Crayola. It must eliminate the brown crayons.

  • 4everBfree

    Can you use both words in a sentence? “I think the non-citizen in the White House should brown bag his lunch to save the tax payers money.”

  • Jakester

    Tell these Seattle nut bag officials to blow it out their a–. Enough kowtowing to these crack pots. I’ll use the terms Brown bag and citizen any time, as often as and to whomever I damn well please and there is nothing, hear that liberal loons, NOTHING you can do about it.

  • flatland

    Craziest thing I’ve ever heard of. I thought brown bag referred to bringing lunch or bringing a bottle of booze as in a BYOB party or establishment that served meals but not alcohol. I am from the south, 58 years old and NEVER heard of using it as a color test. I think they need to STFU and deal with some real problems I am sure the city is facing. Stop giving the idiots air time and they will go away. BTW, if we are banning words, they need to ban the word teabagger from all publications in the city as it is a homosexual act, not a nickname for people who support a political movement. Unless they are saying homosexuals make up the Tea Party movement? Libs can’t even get straight who they are insulting.

  • WrinkledThought

    So is the next ban to come is when I’m in the Seattle grocery stores that we won’t find the word “cracker” because it connotes a white person like “Asian”, “Mexican” or “Ethnic” food signs do”? I wonder if “sack lunch” will now refer to “tea-bagging” as a sex act? I wonder about the name “Johnson” or “Richard” being banned from the county system because they don’t want to offend a bunch of d! ckheads that think this cr @p up?

  • 172pilot

    As a pilot, I will now refer to my “Barf bags” as “Bronstein Sacks” because this dumb crap makes me sick.

  • jojo

    Let’s protest Crayiola for selling crayons labelled “black” and “brown”. Let’s not say a criminal committed an “illegal” act. Let’s call it a “politically incorrect act”. Damn that Uncle Ben for selling “brown” rice. As for the NFL, no more Cleveland “Browns”. And when the lights go out, don’t you dare call it a “black” out. Let’s call it a “non-light” out a/k/a the time when the Nobama supports love to loot….oops, sorry. Ok with this Rachel Maddow, Chris “tingly balls” Matthews, etc.?

  • Fed Up with the NONSENSE

    I am fed up with Seattle and the extreme left ideology (dogma and blah and bable) they aspire to. This article clearly illustrates the ills of the city. I think the liberal disease infestation there has become an epidemic. I am moving to a red state where hemp is outlawed, queers and lesbians are not cow towed to, and illegals are still called what they are, illegals.

  • Mary2333

    What about banning the words “cracker” and “infidel” and “kafir?” No? Just words which oppose the Communistic/Faschist takeover?

  • Old Kute

    This “POLITICALLY CORRECT” B.S. is being used to rid this nation of a freedom that has been here since the British lost the Revolution. This is the freedom of speech. such a ban should be considered as an affront to all of the Citizens of this nation. I, as a veteran, have put my life on the line for this nation and I am appalled that any politician would consider taking out a word, like “Citizen,” because it OFFENDS non citizens. This is OUR COUNTRY! IT IS NOT THEIR COUNTRY! If they don’t like it, get the heck out of here. As for the term “brown bag: offending anyone, they have to be looking for a reason to be offended. The damn term came from the color of the bag, not form any racial crap. The people who would pass this should be sued for infringement of our Constitutional rights as a Citizen of the United States of America. I think they have been smoking the same stuff a student of mine tried to pass of as Marijuana, back in the 70s. When we had it analyzed by the Sheriff’s Department, the technician wrote, on the report, “These contents are found in Horse Manure.”

  • Me

    If someone takes offense to a word or words used in casual conversation and they vocalize that they are offended the common practice is to apologize to that person and move on. Banning words because they are offensive needs to lead to banning the very government trying to impose stupid laws upon us all. STOP THE STUPIDITY PEOPLE!!!

  • Keepyourkindofchange

    When I hear the term brown bag, I think of lunch. I have never heard blacks referred to this way… ever! Must be a Seattle thing.

    • Anne

      The Thought Police look for ANYTHING that might imply, in any way, thru any method, by any means something that might offend or upset or anger someone. Just love to hear people talk who say what they mean and are NOT worried about being politically correct. They’re just honest.

  • William Stevens

    I see the ‘Civil Service Cretins’ are back at it again in Seattle this time. One never knows where these Control Freaks are going to come out from under their slimy rocks.

  • lokiswife

    That’s what happens when you legalize pot….it brings out the real wacko in people who were just slightly wacko before…and the liberals who run Seattle were never the smartest bananas in the bunch.

  • Really?

    Maybe they should ban the name “Bronstein.” It sounds a lot like BROWNstein.

  • Curmudgeon

    Demunist Commiecrats at work.

  • Lummi

    I wonder if Commissar Bronstein, while using his historical reference about “brown bag” being offensive to black people, gave any thought as to how many “black” people are , in fact, actually black. I recall reading back in the ’70s, in certain quarters of the black community, the blacker your pigmentation, the “purer” you were considered to be. But then we must bear in mind that Seattle and it environs pretty much control State government, where a few years ago, the word “oriental” was expunged from the official lexicon. The Bay Area is considered by some locals to be a Conservative bastion, and UC Berkeley to be a branch of Oral Roberts University.

  • Bill North

    Really? Are you serious? Does this person have a real job that actually invokes intelligence? If this is the best way that this individual can find to occupy their time, their job description needs to be re-evaluated or just eliminated all together. How small, petty
    and inconsequential. Do something real. And how does this individual
    account for the number of unfortunate homeless people in that fair city
    who now are only a citizen of this terrific country? They are not paying
    taxes – they will not show up as residents as the street has no mailbox
    – but by whatever unfortunate circumstances have put them into the
    street, they are still CITIZENS of the United States of America.

  • Alfred

    You can’t call someone an a..h…,either, because they are brown