John M. Robinson, the Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. State Department, wants American diplomats to know that common phrases like “holding down the fort” are, in fact, extremely offensive to native Americans.
According to Robinson’s report in State Magazine, the phrase dates back to American soldiers on the western frontier who wanted to “hold down” all that land they stole.
Robinson also warns against using terms such as “going Dutch,” “handicap” and “rule of thumb.” Predictably, his report made no mention of Biden’s comment about “Going to put y’all back in chains,” referring to the Republicans.
He singled out the phrase, “Going Dutch” as a negative portrayal of the Dutch as cheap.
Robinson went on to urge caution over the word “handicap,” as some disability advocates “believe this term is rooted in a correlation between a disabled individual and a beggar, who had to beg with a cap in his or her hand because of the inability to maintain employment.”
The report also warns about using the phrase “Rule of Thumb,” which comes from English Common Law which deemed it a man’s right to beat his wife with a stick no bigger that the diameter of his thumb!
Further, he explained, “If her bruises were not larger than the width of his thumb, the husband could not be brought to court to answer for his behavior because he had not violated the ‘rule of thumb.’” This phrase must have been the precursor to the Republican’s “War on Women.”
Robinson has his work cut out for him when it comes to eliminating these phrases, beginning with the very top levels of government, with Biden’s foot in Mouth disease and even Obama has been known to use some of these forbidden phrases:
“I know you guys have been holding down the fort,” he told a roaring crowd of 15,000 at the St. Pete Times Forum, an arena in downtown in Tampa.
And when nominating Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank last year, President Obama joked about having envy about Kim’s prowess playing golf.
“I just found out he’s a five handicap in golf. I’m a little resentful about that last item.” The White House obviously needs diversity training by the State Department, don’t you think?
Doen’t the Obama bureaucrats have something better to do with their time, like figuring out ways to increase jobs? How about coming up with a viable energy policy to make America independent from those wishing to destroy our way of life!
No politically incorrect phrases were intended in this post, even if readers don’t realize the “Politically Correct” meaning of the phrases. We should feel fortunate to have our “Big Brother” State Department to point out the error of our ways in this important matter.
It is typical of the current purveyors of correctness in all sections of our country — perception of thoughts, looks and statements has become more important than action itself against individuals. Besides, if we learn the phrases that might offend somebody, anybody, we may find the truth offensive, and we can’t have that!