SAN FRANCISCO: Term 'Criminal' Now Offensive. Guess Why...
San Francisco, you cannot make that place up. And as Donald Trump might say, "Frankly you wouldn't want to." But if you're living there, good news, you can move out. Run, don't walk. Leave your stuff. Pack your SmartCar with only your most valuable possessions you had crammed in your over-priced studio, then GTFO. But hey, when you putter along and you accidentally hit a homeless person who's peeing in the street, you will not be labeled a "criminal." Because more good news, the new cause celeb is ensuring those who break the law are given proper wordage to spare their feelings. Yes, the word "criminal" is offensive. An Oakland woman with way too much time on her probably pristinely manicured hands, typed her way to social justice and inanity. From SFgate.com:
In the site's Crime and Safety area, where residents share strategies for fighting crime, Malkia Cyril suggests her neighbors stop using the label because it shows lack of empathy and understanding.
Cyril pointed out that instead of calling the thief who took the bicycle from your garage a criminal, you could be more respectful and call him or her "the person who stole my bicycle.
"I [suggest] that people who commit property crimes are human and deserved to be referred to in terms that acknowledge that," Cyril, who's the executive director of the Center for Media Justice in Oakland, writes in the thread.
Is referring to a person who steals as a "criminal" an example of a microaggression?
That question was hashed out in the debate sparked by Cyril's NextDoor thread...
That's right cis-ladies and cis-gentleman. In the San Francisco Bay Area, they're not "illegal aliens" they're "undocumented migrants." They're not "criminals" they're just "people who steal your crap." Because someone who steals your stuff is, indeed, a crap-weasel, but pointing that out...it's just mean. Remember, the guy who took your stuff, he probably didn't intend to be toenail scum when his third grade teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He probably planned on being a stunt driver, only to have his dreams dashed after failing Driver's Ed five times. It's been downhill ever since, especially in San Francisco where downhills will kill you. If you're a skater, which this "criminal" probably tried next after failing with cars.
Look it, we can have a laugh over this. And I have. Twice. But the scary thing is, this idiot who's suggesting we stop using a word because it's mean, she has a platform and she's standing atop it with pride and barfing her feelings all over the internet. She replied to people who disagreed with her with these pot-high and mighty condescending words :
"You have every right to be appalled at my desire for the dignity of every human being as I am at your refusal to grant it. Good night."
Reminder, she's talking about criminals, not unborn babies. So if this Cyril woman had an audience with Hillary and suggested we ban the world "criminal," what do you think Hillary would say?
See, this is the problem with giving credence to people with "grievances" over the meaning of words. WORDS. We used to tell our kids "Sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you." Now, the phrase has changed a bit.
"Sticks and stones will not be thrown, unless you're a Muslim woman, in that case we'll turn away, but don't you dare call me names, you racist/sexist/bigot/homophobe!"
And if you need a refresher on what the heck a "micro-agression" is...