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.

  • 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