SAN FRANCISCO – Eliminates Judgemental Words

Posted by Jack


The words “felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict” and “juvenile delinquent” will become part of the past in official San Francisco parlance under new “person first” language guidelines adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

Going forward, what was once called a convicted felon or an offender released from jail will be a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or simply a “returning resident.”

Parolees and people on criminal probation will be referred to as a “person on parole,” or “person under supervision.”

A  juvenile “delinquent” will become a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”

And drug addicts or substance abusers will become “a person with a history of substance use.”

“We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” (How do they know that was the worst thing?  But, I digress.)

Haney was one of 10 supervisors (Gordon Mar was absent) who voted for the new guidelines, which Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer proposed.

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.

This would be comical if it were not so Orwellian.  Changing language was part of the plan in order to narrow the range of thought.  Orwell said in 1984, “The revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.  Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and give solidarity to pure wind.”  

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24 Responses to SAN FRANCISCO – Eliminates Judgemental Words

  1. Libby says:

    “Changing language was part of the plan in order to narrow the range of thought.”

    It depends. It can also be used to broaden said range of thought.

    Orwell, he was thinking more along the lines of this:

    • Chris says:

      Exactly, Libby.

      Speaking of Orwell:

      The Most Powerful Member of the Ruling Class
      Using “the ruling class” and “overlords” as shorthand for Trump’s critics is Orwellian nonsense.
      Conor Friedersdorf

      The greatest trick the president and elites who support him ever pulled was convincing a large swath of the American public that they aren’t members of the ruling class.

      Donald Trump hosted a show on NBC, lived in a Manhattan tower named after himself, and spent a small fortune to influence politicians. He now lives in the White House, appoints Supreme Court justices, issues pardons, orders missile strikes, and launches trade wars. His travel destinations include Davos, his estate in Palm Beach, and golf courses he owns in foreign countries. Yet powerful allies of his persist with the false conceit that the ruling class does not include the most powerful person in the country, only his rivals and critics…

  2. Cherokee Jack says:

    They didn’t go far enough. “Person” still has the male offspring word hidden in it, and the short phrases still give a hint of past behavior. “Formerly incarcerated” or “justice involved” are dead giveaways. They need a new law requiring that everyone be simply referred to as “citizen” or “comrade.” No exceptions.
    Only when we clear the vocabulary of all descriptive words and phrases can we all be equal. We could eliminate any definition of race, and simultaneously solve the identification problems with our numerous genders and eliminate the need for separate restrooms. (Although SF doesn’t bother with restrooms.)
    Orwell was right. Language is the key to Utopia. Headquarters on San Francisco Bay.

  3. Chris says:

    Orwell’s dystopias used language to dehumanize and oppress people. These changes seem designed to do the opposite. I don’t see how they obscure the truth or make anyone’s lives worse. You want Orwellian language, how about Trump calling news sources that publish true negative stories about him “fake news” and “the enemy of the people?”

  4. RHT447 says:

    Off topic. Meanwhile, tick-tock—

    “Misfud and Halper Cop to Being Agents Tasked With Targeting Trump People: Who Gave the Order?”

  5. J Soden says:

    San Fransewer strikes again!

  6. Peggy says:

    Off topic, FYI

    10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall:

    • Chris says:

      That article claims multiple times that Mifsud’s actions re: Papadopolous were an excuse for the Obama administration to spy on the Trump campaign, which is a good theory, except for the fact that the Obama administration never spied on the Trump campaign. The only person who was spied on via FISA was Carter Page, and the surveillance all took place after his work for the campaign had ended.

      It also does not explain why Papadopolous had to lie to the FBI about his conversations.

      It also does not explain why, if Comey’s FBI was so desperate to get Trump, they kept their investigation into Trump secret while publicly investigating Hillary, even though that put her at an obvious disadvantage.

      It also does not explain why so many others in Trump’s orbit lied to the government about their Russian contacts.

      It also does not explain why so many in Trump’s orbit were retweeting fake news from IRA-controlled accounts all through the election.

      It also does not explain why Trump lied to the American public about his plan for Trump Tower Moscow.

      It also does not explain why Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager met with someone under the promise that they had dirt on Hillary from the Russian government that was part of a plan from that government to help Trump’s campaign.

      It also does not explain Trump’s constant denial that Russia meddled in the election, his desire to build a joint cyber security task force with Russia, his constant praise of Putin, or his son-in-law’s secret backchannel to the Kremlin.

      So sure, maybe Mifsud was working for the FBI and this was all part of a setup. That doesn’t excuse Trump or any of his minions for their lies and illegal actions after the fact, which they took of their own free will, without coercion, and it doesn’t make the current Commie-loving president any less of a national security threat who is willing to sell out our intelligence community and our democracy for a pat on the head from Putin and a few rubles.

      • Peggy says:

        You’re so far behind on what’s going, illustrated by your questions. You need to do a lot of research.

        And no, I’m not going to feed you the info. Have fun. LOL

        • Chris says:

          You’re so far behind on what’s going, illustrated by your questions.

          Meaning you can’t answer them, as always.

          And no, I’m not going to feed you the info. Have fun. LOL

          The info would come, as usual, from right-wing grifter blogs and conspiracy theorist sites, and would be as easily rebuttable as the information you just linked to that I rebutted. It’s cute that you think linking to those would constitute some sort of favor to me.

          The fact remains that the Trump campaign was not spied on, and claiming it was is a lie.

  7. J Soden says:

    Wonder what term the San Fransewer Board of Stupes will come up with to describe the homeless and the discarded needles and poop in the streets.
    Or what they’ll call the discharge from the RV’s in the city sponsored parking lots for homeless when the RV’s have to dump their 50-100 gallon tanks . . . . . .

    • Harold says:

      They may refer to it as “Spontaneously distributed naturally occurring organic matter”, and needles as “instruments of booster, renewing the effect of an earlier one”

      Who knows, all the liberals seem to do is apply perfunctory vocabulary to crime in a attempt to divert any perception of their lack of resolve.

  8. Chris says:

    Imagine, for a moment, how you would have reacted if President Obama had approvingly quoted a radio host saying that he was beloved by Israel as if he were the “second coming of God” and the “king of the Jews.”

    Then imagine how you would have reacted if President Obama declared that any Jew who votes against him is “disloyal to Israel.”

    Then imagine if Obama called himself “the chosen one.”

    That’s how President Trump has spent the last few days.

    There is no defending this. Stop this madness.

  9. Chris says:

    Uncivil, uncalled for, and unlike anything I have ever said to or about you or your family.

    • Peggy says:

      Chris, you attack me and everyone on PS all of the time. What, you love dishing it out but you can’t take it? You just got a dose of your own medicine little boy. Treat all of us with dignity and respect and we’ll treat you the same. Otherwise, expect either us to fight back or ignore you completely.

  10. Chris says:

    This was in regards to Peggy’s comment about my wife.

  11. Peggy says:

    Wonder how other agencies are going to be able to interpret all of these new alternative words if they appear on the criminals’ records? How about background checks when buying a guns? What the hell is a “justice involved” individual guilty of?

    Feels like the dems/socialist are trying to control more of our lives, with their mandatory PC language mandates. Instead of burning our books, they’re demanding our total obedience.

    • Chris says:

      Peggy: “dems/socialist”

      President Trump today:

      “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

      Leave aside the fact that this order is completely meaningless and another mockery of presidential power…the president apparently thinks he can force businesses to do this, which is more socialist—perhaps even communist—than anything proposed by any of the Dem presidential candidates. If Obama had tweeted it, you would have lost your minds.

      But Obama wouldn’t have tweeted it. He wouldn’t have even considered it. And maybe that’s the root here: you all just can’t stand that he was better than this deranged wannabe cult leader clown, and you’ll never, ever admit it.

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