Fortunately this story isn't from New Jersey.

Seattle City Hall
Seattle City Hall (KOMO TV)

In Seattle, government workers are being urged to not use certain words, and the words seem pretty innocuous to me.  According to KOMO-TV, terms like "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive.  Why are those offensive?

According to the Office of Civil Rights in Seattle "resident" is more inclusive than "citizen" (because, of course, that would exclude people who aren't citizens, like illegal immigrants).

"Brown bag" is offensive because apparently at one time it was used to identify skin color.  I thought it designated the bag's color.

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