Seattle’s Ban On Potentially Offensive Language Leaves Residents Speechless

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So if you are a government employee living in Seattle, be warned that the following sentence could get you in trouble: Thanks for the lunch invite fellow citizen, but I’m brown bagging it today. Maybe next time!

Why is that? Because the sentence contains offensive language, obviously. But if you need some clarity as to what exactly was offensive, you’re not alone. According to Fox News, the city of Seattle has determined that the words “citizen” and “brown bag” are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in any capacity.

We’re not history experts here at JACK FM, so forgive us when we didn’t know that the term “brown bag” could be considered offensive. Well Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights said on Seattle’s KIRO Radio that, “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.”

Okay, if that’s the case, then out with “brown bag” and in with “sack lunch,” which, by the way, sounds pretty offensive as well.

But what’s the story with “citizen?” The rational is that not everyone is a citizen but rather a legal resident, which means using the word “citizen” would be inaccurate. So instead of “citizen,” maybe they should say “Seattleite” and just sound like an idiot who can’t spell/pronounce “satellite.”

Luckily for residents of Seattle, excuse us, Seattleites, they can still call each other “jerk-face” and other terms of affection.


- Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio 

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