Crime-ridden San Francisco has introduced new sanitized language for criminals, getting rid of words such as “offender” and “addict” while changing “convicted felon” to “justice-involved person.”
The Board of Supervisors adopted the changes last month even as the city reels from one of the highest crime rates in the country and staggering inequality exemplified by pervasive homelessness alongside Silicon Valley wealth.
The local officials say the new language will help change people’s views about those who commit crimes.
Good joke: “I had thought serial killers were evil, but after they were rebranded ‘multiple end-of-life helpers’, I came to understand my own prejudices.”
Here’s the list, according to the news report:
- formerly incarcerated person to justice-involved person or returning resident,
- delinquent to young person with justice system involvement or young person impacted by the juvenile justice system,
- drug addict to person with a history of substance use
The Chronicle said
According to the resolution, 1 of 5 California residents has a criminal record, and words like “prisoner,” “convict,” “inmate” or “felon” “only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal,” the resolution states.
Gone will be the says of non-felon supremacy, and non-felon supremacists ruling over others! In will be the glorious time when former residents who received free room and board at a remote facility for his services to the criminal justice system will be in charge.
The paper said:
The language resolution makes no mention of terms for victims of crime, but using the new terminology someone whose car has been broken into could well be: “A person who has come in contact with a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”
As far as I can tell, the poop capital of America still has a lot of work ahead of it. Druggies are now “individuals with a history of substance use”—-mark that use and not abuse—but they are still calling murderers murderers. Which is hurtful, racist, and painful for those individuals who were once actively present at the end of another’s life.
Our pressing task, dear reader, is to help the beleaguered resides of Sodom-on-Sea complete their list. If we don’t, injustice will be with us. We cannot let ourselves be accused as being non-criminal supremacists!
So here is a list of criminal words to start with that need to be politically corrected. I’ve surely left out important terms, which you can add below.
- gang member
- drunk driver
- NPR reporter
This will be pleasant homework for the remaining days of Summer. After a week or so, I will update the list to put in the best substitutions (with names of winners).
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