Seattle To Ban ‘Potentially Offensive’ Language

Seattle To Ban 'Potentially Offensive' LanguageGovernment workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms “citizen” and “brown bag” are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions.

‘Skin color’

“Luckily, we’ve got options,” Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. “For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?'”

In an interview with Seattle’s KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term “brown bag” has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.

‘Associations with the past’

“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,” Bronstein said.

According to the memo, city employees should use the terms “lunch-and-learn” or “sack lunch” instead of “brown bag.” Bronstein told KIRO Radio the word “citizen” should be avoided because many people who live in Seattle are residents, not citizens.

Do you agree that those potentially offensive words should be banned? Why or why not?

Source: Fox News

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Alaskan Fisherman Reels In 200-Year-Old Rockfish

Alaskan Fisherman Reels In 200-Year-Old RockfishA fisherman in Alaska caught a 40-pound shortraker fish that experts believe is 200 years old.

‘I knew it was abnormally big’

Here’s more info from Eric Pfeiffer ofYahoo! News:

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported that Henry Liebman of Seattle was deep-sea fishing off the coast of Alaska on June 21 when he hooked the record-setting shortraker fish from a depth of approximately 900 feet.

“I knew it was abnormally big (but I) didn’t know it was a record until on the way back we looked in the Alaska guide book that was on the boat,”Liebman told the paper.

‘More than 2,500 feet’

According to Yahoo!, shortraker fish are commonly sought fish in Alaska and live at depths of more than 2,500 feet. Liebman says he plans to have the fish mounted.

And look at that monster catch, ain’t that a beauty?

Have you ever gone deep-sea fishing? What would you do with your record catch if you were Henry Liebman? Feel free to share your most exciting fishing trips with us and broadcast your stories to the world via the comment box below!

Source: Ken Dorset | Bleacher Report

Image: Angling Unlimited