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In Seattle, the terms 'citizen' and 'brown bag' are now offensive
UPI ^ | August 2, 2013 | KRISTEN BUTLER

Posted on 08/02/2013 5:13:44 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Public information officers for the City of Seattle have been advised to stop using the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" -- as in brown-bag lunch -- saying they could be offensive to some city residents.

Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights circulated the memo encouraging government employees to avoid using the potentially offensive terms.

(Excerpt) Read more at upi.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: brownbags; citizen; seattle; washington
I guess the Seattle Citizens and Seattle Brown Bags won't be considered for any potential NBA or NHL teams in Seattle.
1 posted on 08/02/2013 5:13:45 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

And this is how the nazis manipulated language to make the German people more accepting of nazi ideals.


2 posted on 08/02/2013 5:15:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I am offended by people who get offended.


3 posted on 08/02/2013 5:16:58 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: ConservativeStatement

I wish I lived in Seattle just so I could have a t-shirt that says:

I am a citizen and I brown bag my lunch every day!


4 posted on 08/02/2013 5:17:22 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (I wish government would get their heads out of their butts and their noses out of everyones business)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The stupid is strong is Seattle.


5 posted on 08/02/2013 5:18:36 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: Cyclone59

Must be white folk code words.
citizen=commie
brown bag=black folks.


6 posted on 08/02/2013 5:18:57 PM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Citizen is just the next bourgeois!


7 posted on 08/02/2013 5:19:04 PM PDT by Bayard
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To: cripplecreek

One more reason that I am so darn glad that I am retired.


8 posted on 08/02/2013 5:24:15 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: Fzob
black box

black bag

tall, dark and handsome

white knight

its clear as black and white...

to "gyp" and to "jew" someone down in price...

little white lies...

dark heart...

ride in on your white horse..

black as the ace of spades...

brown noser...

throw in the white flag...

okay ....on the count of 3, lets all WHINE...

9 posted on 08/02/2013 5:25:10 PM PDT by cherry
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To: ConservativeStatement

However ‘dirt bag’ is still acceptable, and that’s what would get my vote concerning anyone who opted to take out ‘citizen’.


10 posted on 08/02/2013 5:27:43 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Bronstein’s “brown bag” story definitely sounds like an urban legend. If anyone here is a member in good standing at Snopes they should bring it up there. (And, yes, I know Snopes isn’t real popular here, but they have exposed a number of other African-American urban legends over the years....)


11 posted on 08/02/2013 5:28:17 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: ConservativeStatement
Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights...

...needs to justify his job, so in a municipal "make-work" effort, Elliott creates an "issue" that requires his immediate attention.

12 posted on 08/02/2013 5:28:57 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: cripplecreek
The reign of terror in France was the craziest enforcement of offensive words. Ironically you had to use the term ‘citizen’ or face the guillotine. Hopefully smarter people than me can explain this better.
13 posted on 08/02/2013 5:29:56 PM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: randog
He should change his last name. Bron resembles brown. I am offended.
14 posted on 08/02/2013 5:30:43 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: RadiationRomeo

The Language of the 3rd Reich was written by Victor Klemperer. In the book he details how the nazis manipulated the people through language.

Some may think that it can’t be very effective but just look at what has happened to the word “Militia” over the past 30 years. It used to conjure images of honor, duty, and patriotism. Today most people think racist hillbillies seeking to overthrow government or homicidal muslims.


15 posted on 08/02/2013 5:36:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights

Geez you couldn't make this stuff up.

16 posted on 08/02/2013 5:37:36 PM PDT by turducken
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To: ConservativeStatement

There used to be a local civil rights agitator named Flamingo Brown. She’s busy complaining about the way Satan runs the place now.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/06/event_planned_to_honor_late_ja.html


17 posted on 08/02/2013 5:38:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

In certain communities, she could have been a pink Flamingo.


18 posted on 08/02/2013 5:41:22 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement
All I can say is "Aux Armes, Citoyens!"


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

19 posted on 08/02/2013 5:45:40 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: cripplecreek

I wonder if “comrade” and “Worker” are also Offesive—I bet not.


20 posted on 08/02/2013 6:12:08 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

All baked goods are henceforth to be called “Crackas”.


21 posted on 08/02/2013 6:13:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I want - no, I DEMAND that the secretarial product called "White-Out" be banned forever.

I mean, isn't it obvious that they want all white people gone?

22 posted on 08/02/2013 6:20:47 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: ConservativeStatement

Where “citizen” and “brown bag” are offensive and verboten: that is territory to be avoided by sane citizens.


23 posted on 08/02/2013 6:22:11 PM PDT by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: ConservativeStatement

So I guess that the public informatuion people will now give relases that say “people with things did stuff.”

Good thing we’ll get accurate non-offensive information.


24 posted on 08/02/2013 6:22:18 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: fhayek

You’re offended. They’re offended. And that means ‘what’ to me?


25 posted on 08/02/2013 6:30:27 PM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Guess they don’t like the term Johnny Lunch Bucket either.


26 posted on 08/02/2013 6:45:39 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks for mentioning that book; now, I will have to find a copy.


27 posted on 08/02/2013 7:10:47 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Cyclone59

putting that on my work calendar for lunch every day!

joke ‘em if they can’t take a f...


28 posted on 08/02/2013 7:15:10 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: Army Air Corps

Victor Klemperer was the cousin of Werner Klemperer who played Col Klink on Hogan’s heroes and also cousin of composer Otto Klemperer.


29 posted on 08/02/2013 7:16:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I was listening to Glen Beck’s new online radio show the other day and he mentioned that “politically correct” or PC was coined from the Communist reprogramming camps. If you expressed ideas not in sinc with the current political regime’s line, you were not “politically correct” so you were taken to be corrected.


30 posted on 08/02/2013 7:18:54 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: cripplecreek

Funny that you mentioned that, because I was curious if he was related to Werner. I still get a kick out of Hogan’s Heroes.


31 posted on 08/02/2013 7:19:15 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Still okay if you’re wearing a Citizen watch and a hoodie and eating Skittles out of a brown bag, just before you snap your cap and attack someone. Thanks ConservativeStatement.


32 posted on 08/02/2013 7:32:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Political correctness? Nah.....STUPIDITY!


33 posted on 08/02/2013 8:00:21 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: marsh2
My favorite Twilight Zone episode:


34 posted on 08/02/2013 8:00:22 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Talk about going wimpy! When will we wise up to evil and call on God again?


35 posted on 08/02/2013 8:03:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

“Worker” is not fair to the welfare set! That must be expunged next!


36 posted on 08/02/2013 8:03:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Sack Lunch? I find that offensive.


37 posted on 08/02/2013 8:05:43 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: ConservativeStatement

Jesus wept, this kinda stuff makes me want to drink.


38 posted on 08/02/2013 8:34:27 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: ConservativeStatement; All

we need an address, I want to mail some brown bags to Seattle.


39 posted on 08/02/2013 8:35:25 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: rktman
Must be white folk code words. citizen=commie brown bag=black folks.

Id be willing to bet that citizen is some how seen as a taunt by legal citizens to illegals.

40 posted on 08/03/2013 6:39:11 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (I wish government would get their heads out of their butts and their noses out of everyones business)
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To: Cyclone59

That is highly likely. I guess “trespassers” is probably verboten as well. So will the libs call it a “path to Americanship?” It really does get confusing with all these lib rules. I guess that’s why I don’t pay attention to them.


41 posted on 08/03/2013 7:06:34 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: fhayek

Elliott Bronstein and Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn are obscenities themselves, as well as Demonrats stealing oxygen in Seattle.


42 posted on 08/03/2013 6:55:04 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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