A Wash DC assemblyman about 8 years ago used the word, “niggardly” at a public meeting; he had been describing a BUDGET. The word niggardly means STINGY.
Reality didn’t matter —the word gave them BAD VIBES, which is a new sin observed by secular fundamentalists.
They fired him.
The parting shot was maybe the worst —he said he should stay BECAUSE HE WAS GAY. NOT that it was in the dictionary, and known well to educated people, no.
His defense was that he was GAY. Isn’t that depressing?
He was eventually rehired because the word is not racist and there were a lot of embarrassed faces (or tried to appear so). I don’t know about the gay angle, but he was reinstated after the idiots who fired him were taken to the woodshed by an enraged public.
Down in Texas and also is La-La Land they have problems with "Black Holes" being racist as well. In Los Angeles, the local NAA[L]CP went on a tear against a 'talking' Hallmark graduation card with a space orientation. The renditioning from the electronic voice sounded like "Black Whore" to the NAACP.
In Texas, a Dallas County Commission got into an uproar when a non-black commissioner referred to a problem with ticket payments as; "It sounds like Central Collections has become a black hole," and received a racist accusation from two fellow commissioners of a darker hue. "So if it's 'angel food cake,' it's white. If it's 'devil's food cake,' it's black. If you're the 'black sheep of the family,' then you gotta be bad, you know. 'White sheep,' you're okay. You know?" [Commissioner John Wiley] Price said.
Demonstration of how the "race card" and political correctness have trumped useful language and common sense!