"Brown bag" and "citizen" are now words to be avoided by Seattle government folks

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    That's absurd. Absolutely pc run amok.
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    This is overkill. I honestly always said I was brown bagging it when I carried my lunch. Because it was in a.....

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    I brown bagged it plenty of times back in the day. We call research presentations to colleagues that happen at lunch time "brown bags."

    Nothing wrong with the term whatsoever. There are plenty of words that have legit racial connotations which have been attached to them (many, though, are contextual), this is not one of them.

    Wake up Seattle!
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    I took my lunch to school through the 8th grade in a brown paper bag. Have never heard of African Americans using a brown bag to discriminate against darker AAs socially.

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    It is becoming more and more hopeless every day with people wanting to dictate our every word and action. PC my ass....If I were bringing a lunch or any food for that matter, in a brown bag---I'm saying "I'm brown bagging it" regardless who the hell likes it or disapproves. Screw em all. I've had it with this crap of utter mandating.
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    Honestly it's not a big story here. I hadn't heard of it until this thread and I generally watch the local news, read the local newspapers daily. In other words I'd bet the vast majority of Seattleites have neither heard of this, nor care about it, but it generates clicks so it got picked up nationally.
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    Serves as a useful reminder not to jump so fast when such things come out. No shortage of news/blogs ginning up the stories for the page clicks.
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    It should be. So much of this indefensible horsecrap going by with a shrug, is what enables the next batch.
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    Seattle provides endless opportunities for the "look how liberals are" type stories. There's pretty much a weekly protest about something or other, but they're generally small crowds. Gather 50 or so people downtown, block some streets during rush hour, achieve pretty much nothing. I guess it gets the message out or something.

    Hell...we did the fast food workers strike for $15/hour thing back in May. Fast food workers here are still making minimum wage. Of course minimum wage in Seattle is $9.19 (and yet somehow all our McDonald's and Subway's stay in business).
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    What am I going to drink my Olde English out of if not a "brown bag?"
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    It's been going on for years. It just gets worse every year.
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    How are news/blogs "ginning" up this story? Didn't it happen? Are you talking about news outlets outside Seattle finding it newsworthy and reporting it? That doesn't seem like "ginning" up a story to me.
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    Because they're trying to make a national story out of something that's not even a big enough story to rate headlines in the city it's occurring in. Search Google for "Elliott Bronstein" and "Brown Bag" and it's mostly right winger sites covering it.

    Some low level guy in our local government issues a memo that says people might be offended by the term "brown bag" and that when addressing everybody the word "citizen" might not be inclusive, and the Daily Caller reports that "Seattle city gov’t bans the words “citizen” and “brown bag". That's ginning it up.

    Check this out.

    Let's see if the police show up.
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    I think fastsix made my point for me before I could respond. We live in an age where someone farts in Miami and some fart blog in Germany writes a story on it because well, that's why the fart blog was created and it needs content to get clicks to keep advertisers. So yes, ginning it up...i.e. making a "federal case out it."

    As a news story, meh. Though I am glad to talk about the underlying issues, most especially the brown bag test and race, but also about pc and any other "philosophical" issue.
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    By all means. The entire population should exist in a constant state of high agitation. Perhaps we should bring back the color-coded alert system, so we can all know exactly what degree of indignation is appropriate.

    :roll:
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    "in a community as large as ours in Seattle, we're talking about a community of African-American, white, Latino and Asian people who all have a stake in using language that doesn't bug other people."

    No you schmuck, as a grown adult you are supposed to have thicker skin, common sense and an ability to understand contextual uses of a word. Suck it up.

    If you want to let Mr. Elliot know what you think his e mail is:

    elliott.bronstein@seattle.gov
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    Oh, for a minute I thought jdr was using the word "ginning" to mean "to fabricate, invent or concoct", but he wasn't . . . I suppose. Because if he was, that would have been a BS claim, since it really did happen. I guess jdr and you are just pissed that a news outlet reported on how idiotic liberals in Seattle can be.
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    I didn't mean it was fabricated, just unnecessarily amplified.

    No, I am not pissed. Look at what I wrote in my first response. However, in reading the story, it's not quite as much pc run amok as first thought.

    But you assume partisan nonsene, why?
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    Years ago passing through Seattle (Alaskan Cruise thingy) there was a "debate" in the paper over toilet paper. Seemed some wanted only "one ply" to save the trees.

    True story.:dead:

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