While President Obama has unilaterally determined Americans have the “right” to use whatever bathroom they wish, he’s just signed a billed that restricts the use of certain speech.
You might have missed this one, as it was buried in the “Friday news dump” — late Friday afternoon, the time of week when any public relations pro (and savvy news consumer) knows few people are paying attention — so if you want to draw least attention to something, announce it then.
The Obama administration signed a law on Friday that would remove allegedly offensive descriptors of minorities, such as referring to individuals as “Spanish speaking,” from all federal laws.
The bill, H.R. 4238, amends the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976, which apparently define minorities using “offensive” terms.
The terms that will be eliminated include “Negro, Puerto Rican, American Indian, Eskimo, Oriental, or Aleut or is a Spanish speaking individual of Spanish descent.”
Instead, the government will now use the more politically correct terminology, “Asian American, Native Hawaiian, a Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Native American, or an Alaska Native,” when referring to the same people.
Perhaps further clarification is needed on how “Puerto Rican” is both eliminated and now the new politically correct term.
Although the bill eliminates many “offensive” words from the federal government, the major focus of the bill was to remove the word “Oriental.”
To be fair, President Obama didn’t do this one on his own; the bill actually originated in Congress by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and reportedly “sailed through” passage in Congress with bipartisan support. So perhaps the mantra “do nothing” Congress isn’t really fair. Perhaps it should be amended to more “correct” language “do nothing that really matters” Congress. Can we get that in the bill?
Expect a forthcoming bill banning the use of “traditional” gender pronouns, such as “he” and “she,” as those apparently are now becoming offensive in our PC-run-amok culture.
Sobering to realize we live now in an age where using a bathroom because you “identify” with that gender is a deemed civil right by our government — the same government who is systematically banning certain language.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]