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Lucifer Box
16th June 2005, 08:29
Williams Aide Resigns in Language Dispute

By Yolanda Woodlee
Washington Post Staff Writer

The director of D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams's constituent services office resigned after being accused of using a racial slur, the mayor's office said yesterday.

David Howard, head of the Office of Public Advocate, said he used the word "niggardly" in a Jan. 15 conversation about funding with two employees.

"I used the word 'niggardly' in reference to my administration of a fund," Howard said in a written statement yesterday. "Although the word, which is defined as miserly, does not have any racial connotations, I realize that staff members present were offended by the word.
Discuss, abuse Chico and/or Franco, whatever...

SupremeSpod
16th June 2005, 08:31
Is that the same "Yolanda" from "Pulp Fiction".

Spod - In "Love you too honey-bunny" mode!

Lucifer Box
16th June 2005, 08:34
Could be. I think he would have caused less offence if he'd jumped onto the table in the meeting with a shooter and said, "if any of you moves I'll execute every last motherfcuking one of you".

SupremeSpod
16th June 2005, 08:43
So, let me get this correct. The guy has resigned because the people he was addressing were too dense to know the real meaning of the word and the assumed it was offensive?

Oh, FFS!!!

Spod - In "off for a lie down" mode!

zeitghost
16th June 2005, 08:46
This isn't a new story is it?

I remember something like this happening about 3 or 4 years ago...

WageSlave1
16th June 2005, 08:55
I recall a contract I did a couple of years back at a large Whitehall department. We were told that we couldn't use the term 'nitty-gritty' because it was racially offensive.

Lucifer Box
16th June 2005, 08:55
This isn't a new story is it?
Dunno, some dude just sent it to me today. He might be living in a timewarp though.

hattra
16th June 2005, 10:21
I remember reading, must be 15 years ago, about a chap being accused of racism (by a co-worker of Indian origin IIRC), because he had used the phrase "it's like the Black Hole of Calcutta in here", when complaining about the heat in his office. He had to go through the whole formal disciplinary bit. Probably the first time that an employee had to use the history of the East India Company as a defence against racism.

trajectory
16th June 2005, 10:26
That's nothing.

I was hauled before Human Resources this morning for asking my mate Chalky here for a black coffee.

What is the world coming to?

SupremeSpod
16th June 2005, 10:27
I blame the abolition of slavery, and giving women the vote, the whole damn world has gone to pot!

zeitghost
16th June 2005, 10:49
Thought so LB... 1999.

www.adversity.net/special...y_articles (http://www.adversity.net/special/niggardly.htm#niggardly_articles)

The most sensible comment comes from the chap at the NAACP.

WageSlave1
16th June 2005, 10:51
I blame the abolition of slavery, and giving women the vote, the whole damn world has gone to pot!

No, as I've said many times before, I blame the working classes. Since they've been allowed to run the country...to hell in a hand-basket.

mailmannz
16th June 2005, 11:20
At least the guy had the integrity to resign...pitty some of the poms in similar positions dont follow his example in this country :rollin

Mailman

darmstadt
16th June 2005, 11:26
Then go here... (http://www.capc.co.uk/)

stackpole
16th June 2005, 13:15
Thanks darm, I had a good laugh at that site. Here's a selection of stories, which all seem to be authentic:

Plans to give out napkins with meals on wheels have been put on hold in Tewkesbury as council officers fear that OAPs might choke on them.

Glasgow University Conservative Students' Group have been told that they cannot fly the Union Flag over the University despite the fact that the rainbow flag of Gay Pride was allowed to fly last week without any questions from University officials.

The Metropolitan Police will no longer describe black people as black, it has been revealed, and in future both black and Asian people will be referred to as "visible minority ethnics".

The European Parliament today withdrew its history of Europe which had been written for schoolchildren but which astonishingly failed to mention the two world wars under the section on the United Kingdom.

A Worcestershire County Councillor has called on the Council to stop their traditional practice of starting a meeting with prayers. He seems to believe that the practice could fall foul of proposed new laws on religious discrimination.

A school in Islington has been asked to drop the word "Saint" from its title by the local council in case it offends other religious groups.

Lucifer Box
16th June 2005, 13:22
Thought so LB... 1999
Ah well, some things are worth revisiting. I shall duly chastise my mate for bombarding me with ancient lore. ;)

WageSlave1
16th June 2005, 14:22
Plans to give out napkins with meals on wheels have been put on hold in Tewkesbury as council officers fear that OAPs might choke on them.

FFS... In that case, better not give them cutlery in case they impale themselves, or soup, in case they trip, land face first in the bowl and drown.

And while we're at it, ban all clothing as it discrimates against class and nudists. But, ban nudity as it could offend all maner of groups.

allfinished
16th June 2005, 18:00
We need a real big war to put life in perspective for many of us shame but its the only cure for these anal retentives.