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Seattle Wants To Ban "Brown Bags"

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Is this PC run amuck?

The city of Seattle is urging its workers to not use the words "citizen" and "brown bag"

An internal memo at city hall suggested that workers no longer use those words.

Why?

According to the office for civil rights, the terms are potentially offensive ...

Instead of "citizens" -- workers are urged to use "residents".

The term "brown bag" ... Has a sordid history -- as it used to be a way people could judge skin color. (Remember Spike Lee's movie School Daze?)

But, many people in Seattle are saying the move is ridiculous.

So what is a person supposed to say instead of brown bag?

According to the memo, people should try "lunch-and-learn" or "sack lunch".

Seattle's office of civil rights says the suggestions are just that -- and nobody at city hall is "obligated to follow them."

"Luckily, we've got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo. "For 'citizens,' how about 'residents?'" Bronstein wrote.

The Office of Civil Rights says Seattle serves all residents, whether they're United States citizens or not.

As for Brown Bag: "It used to be a way people could judge skin color," Bronstein told TV stations in Seattle.

Washington State is also getting in on the PC word game.

State lawmakers are now calling Freshman "first-years," journeymen are "journey-level," and penmanship is simply "handwriting."

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