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May 22, 2012


I'm old enough to remember when liberals loved to cite the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  It was an era when the left thought it wise to undermine Western morality as a means to destroy Western culture. 

They got their way and got their say. Sadly, they want none of that for the rest of us. Even the late George Carlin, the master of the potty mouth, evoked criticism when he added the 'n' word to the 'f' word in his list of seven words you can't say. 

However, I'm not referring to profanity or true pejoratives. My focus is on socially acceptable speech that defies politically correct speech. 

I've come up with ten offenders. There are, of course, many more. 

#10 - Colored people

Referring to black folks as 'colored' (or 'coloured' in Britain) will get you pinned with a racist label.  There are, of course, many exceptions to the rule; so many that we wonder why it's a rule at all.

The term 'colored' is permissible when articulating the name of the NAACP. When referring to people of mixed race in South Africa, you are expected to use the term 'colored.' And of course, when you invert 'colored people' to 'people of color' it somehow becomes acceptable. 

British TV reporter Richard Pallot offended the sensitivities of the politically correct minority this week when he dared slip the word 'coloured' while describing people of color. Pallot apparently couldn't help but notice some soccer players and coaches had more color than others and passively expressed that reality in his choice of vocabulary. The network, ITV, apologized in spite of the fact that Pallot's misspeaking occurred while he was criticizing racism. Then again, maybe he was offering a subtle sardonic satire. 

#9 - Braves

Censored from schools in Oregon are mascots that honor American Indians, otherwise known as Native Americans to those find 'Indian' as offensive as 'colored.' The state made the decision to purge all schools in the state of any mascot that reminds Orgenonians that there are people of color who are red and not brown. Among the blacklisted mascots are braves, warriors, red skins, and any one of the tribal names such as Cherokee, Comanche and Hualapai; not that any schools actually used those names. In some circumstances the names can stick; but the mascots have to go. 

#8 - Like

Like colored 'like' is a term that is contingent upon context. You can say, for example, "I like people of color" and you could say "I like colored people" if it weren't for the colored, but you can't say 'like' if expressed via mouse click as opposed to a oral or written form. And it depends on what you are liking. 

Let's move to Australia. 

Here we find that folks are losing their jobs because they clicked the like button on Facebook.  Alec Armstrong was a roads worker who liked a Facebook post that noted there was an over-abundance of office workers and a dearth of actual road works. 

The risk of liking your bosses competitor will get you canned. And we have free speech enshrined in our nation's constitution. 

This bothers me. I wonder what would happen if someone posted a compliment. Your failure to 'like' the kind thoughts about your boss would be construed as a 'dislike' and that would be the same as 'liking' a criticism. Time will tell. 

#7 - Obese

I don't know why, but the word 'obese' sounds like pig latin. It isn't. It's merely a word that, according to the dictionary, means an abnormal accumulation of body fat. 

You can't say 'obese' in Britain because it may offend fat people. Councils, in particular, are forewarned by the national government. The government is forking over tons of cash (or pounds of cash) to the locals to promote healthy lifestyles. And that, I understand, is okay to say. 

I wonder if you can say, 'corpulent'?

#6 - Blacklist

Again in Britain. 

Another highly offensive and racist term is the word 'blacklist.'' The word is racist because it casts people of color in a negative light. Or lack of light. It must be replaced by the term 'red list' which is perfectly fine in Britain but will most certainly be banned in Oregon. 

#5 - God

This should be a no-brainer. Evoking (or invoking) the name of a deity is damnable when you pray in public council meetings. You can't address God as 'God.' The supposition is that the person to whom you are praying should know who he is.

A problem exists because those listening to your prayer will have to guess. And most of those, I'm guessing, will guess you're talking to the Judeo-Christian God.

That, I guess, is the objective. Listeners are supposed to be able to fill in the blank by guessing. You may be addressing God when you begin, "Oh, thou mighty potentate, sustainer of knowledge and wisdom, bestow upon us thy gracious hand and look upon us with favor." Or, you could be talking to George Clooney. 

#4 - Spinach

Pardon me, Popeye, but your advocacy of muscle building vitamin K is in clear violation of the law of North Carolina. According to Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes it's a misdemeanor to provide nutritional council without a license. Steve Cooksey began blogging about his bout with diabetes and found himself in hot water with the state Board of Dietetics/Nutrition.

#3 - Dindon

Calling someone a 'turkey' in France could be construed as hate. When expressed on the Internet such an expression of hate violates a dictum passed down by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. What's more, if  you  even consult a web site that calls someone a turkey you could be in big trouble.

I'm taking a bit of liberty with this one.

First, the term 'turkey' was not specifically mentioned by Sarkozy. Second, the French word for 'turkey' is 'dindon.' Third Sarkozy failed to mention which words were hate terms. That makes sense, I suppose, because he could be cited for a hate crime by saying those words.

The point is that Sarkozy forbade expressions which could be arbitrarily interpreted as hate. What's more, you were forbidden to even view web sites that included those expressions.

Did I mention Sarkozy lost the election earlier this month? I wonder why.

#2 - Communists

You can't call communists 'communists.' We learned that from the liberals' retelling of the Sen. Joseph McCarthy episode in American history. McCarthy, you'll recall, had the nerve to call communists 'communists' and, thereby, upset their agenda. Apparently Rep. Alan West didn't get the memo, didn't read the memo, or didn't care what the memo said. He then had the audacity to refer to members of Congress who hold beliefs indistinguishable from Karl Marx as 'communist'. Maybe he should have said, "communityist" or "community organizer."

#1 - Teepee

The word 'teepee' may not be expressed in artistic form, say, as a pencil sketch. That's because it depicts American Indians as those who dwell in inferior housing. That is racist.

At issue is Amherst College in Massachusetts. There, the receptacles of tremendous privilege, i.e., 'students' (their term, not mine) had their minds poisoned by abject racism. That happened when their eyes fell upon -- not pornography -- but hand-sketched images of teepees. Two receptacles of tremendous privilege of color found that published drawing to be reprehensible and griped. The administration has since repented.

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  1. This goes along with the 'hate facts' list at Taki Magazine.