I thought we had a corner on political correctness, especially when it comes to words describing ethnicity. You know, words like "redskins" and "squaw". Ask Don Imus about "nappy" hair!
Maybe it's what happens when the world of politics becomes so chaotic no one knows what to think about it. Or don't want to think because the inconsistency and blatant incompetence of it is so overwhelming! Crack down on something so removed from important issues, people will forget the reality of what is or is not happening. I don't know, I don't know.
What's happening in Britain will no doubt soon invade our shores. According to the TIMESONLINE a new surge of words are being purged from common usage. For instance, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission wants "black" day replaced by "miserable" day. They suggest that such words carry a "hierarchical valuation of skin color". Even "ethnic minority" is deemed insulting.
The National Gallery in London thinks " gentleman's agreement" insults women and "right hand man" is demeaning.
Even the word "master" is a no no even when it comes to "master" bedroom! "Whiter than white" is also taboo! "Black sheep", "black looks" and "black mark" are also considered a negative view of all things black! There was no mention of "blacker than the ace of spades". I'm sure if I put my mind to it I could come up with a lot more.
How the heck can I blog if I'm forbidden to refer to Obama as our first "black" President? Maybe it's an omen. Oops! That could be insulting to some religious groups.
Man. I do miss Bacchus! He was a catch all. He was reddish brown, white and black and for yellow, well, maybe his teeth. He didn't care what we called him as long as we called him for dinner. No wonder people love their dogs so much.