Seattle to city workers: ‘Citizen’, ‘brown bag’ not to be used in official docs
- August 2, 2013
- By: Joe Newby
A memo released by the Office for Civil Rights says the terms are potentially offensive and other words should be used.
“Luckily,” Elliott Bronstein wrote, “we’ve got options.”
“For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?'” she wrote.
The office told KOMO the city serves all residents, not just U.S. citizens.
Bronstein also told KOMO the term “brown bag” has a sordid history with racial undertones.
“It used to be a way people could judge skin color,” she said.
“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,” she added.
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