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Saturday Night Card Game (Blacklist gets blacklisted)

Saturday Night Card Game (Blacklist gets blacklisted)

Via The Daily Mail (Britain):

Police chiefs have banned the word ‘blacklist’ over fears it is racist.

They have also struck out its opposite – ‘whitelist’ – which is used by IT workers for a list of acceptable email contacts.

Scotland Yard employees have been told to use ‘red’ and ‘green’ instead.

The move baffled officers, who said it would do little to help the force emerge from its latest racism crisis.

Thirteen reports of racism, involving 27 officers and staff, are being probed by the Met and the independent police watchdog.

One officer said: ‘Frankly we all sigh when things like this come around. Lots of good work is done to make sure policing reaches into all parts of society and helps the most vulnerable. This is not it.’ …

The measure is part of a drive by police chiefs to stamp out racism within the force. But officers within the organisation are said to have described the latest orders as ‘bizarre’.

Anyone using the term “blacklist” will now be called an “illegal blacklister.”  No, can’t say that.

Will be deemed a black sheep of the police force.  Don’t go there.

Will enter a career black hole.  Aaaahhhh!

Will be accused of spouting gobbledygook.  No, that’s off limits.

Will be written up on disciplinary charges printed on white paper.   Damn, that’s off limits too.

Will be asked to rejigger their language.  Oh wait.

Will be reassigned to the secret, um, agent force.  Yeah, that’s the ticket, just make sure they use proper pronunciation.


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Oh sure, discriminate against native Americans and Samarkandians. Redlist

Secret operations will now be full of red ink.

Seasick persons may be passed through without comment, similarly food poisoning victims.

Only socialist Red projects will be allowed in govt facilities.

What was the expression… oh yeah ‘don’t get your knickers in a wad’ PC is waaaay out of control on that side of the pond.

    Squires in reply to Steve. | May 13, 2012 at 12:52 am

    IIRC it was here in the States that, some years ago, numerous knobs got themselves all in a twist when some poor dear noticed those “MASTER” and “SLAVE” stickers on the backs of certain electronics.

    As a man who had worked in live production during his early/mid twenties, it was worth a good chuckle and an awed shake of the head.

      Milhouse in reply to Squires. | May 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      It was LA County in 2003. They told vendors that it was “unacceptable” to label equipment as “master” or “slave”.

Cursory research … the first blacklist was (presumably ) a list of all white men involved in the regicide of Charles the First of England.

Irony… it originated in England and not associated with race but now banned there…

What about yellow? Yellow journalism. Yellow coward. And brown? Brown nose. Don’t Asians count?

Madness. And it’s coming here soon enough. The only way to fight it is to fight it. If we don’t, the whole world will be ground down into PC meal. Someone among our so-called conservative leaders has to preemptively call it out for what it is.

Britain is screwed.

LukeHandCool | May 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I deal with many cops and detectives every day.

Let me say that the vast, vast majority of them are good, decent people with a strong sense of right and wrong.

Are there bad apples? Of course. It’s a human endeavor and so there is no perfection to be had. You screen, you have constant vigilance and efforts at improvement … but there are always going to be mistakes, bad judgement calls, bad personnel, and all the other problems that come with a large bureaucracy.

A small percentage of criminals (overwhelmingly in poor minority areas) make day-to-day living so much harder and dangerous for the law-abiding citizens living in these areas.

It’s really a crime, so to speak. Imagine being a poor, single mother trying to make ends meet with a thankless job … not only are you parenting against popular culture which surrounds your kids, filled with messages encouraging self-destructive, vile behavior (which those of us more well-off also have to deal with) but, on top of that, you’ve got to worry about things like the gang members in the neighborhood who want to put their hooks into your son and all the other horrible and dangerous influences in the immediate vicinity. Even the greatest parent can’t be everywhere at all times.

This PC insanity does absolutely no good for the people needing the police’s help. Absolutely none. Zilch.

Stop spending time and resources on such complete and utter nonsense and spend them on protecting, not only retroactively, but proactively, these dysfunctional neighborhoods to at least give parents struggling to do their best the absolute minimum of a safe environment for their children.

And … Hollywood and those who make our pop culture must also be called upon to deliver positive messages … or at the very least not glamorize degrading, destructive behavior.

Don’t ask me how that’s done in a free society. I don’t have all the answers! I need a few beers to come up with the answer!

Professor,you really should write a book with all these Saturday Night Race Card entries,they are hysterical.

Dear Professor,

You led with cops and race as well the Saturday Night Card Game has produced good reading and (I hope) legion website hits.

In car cameras for the cops have exonerated many cops and obviated many indignant complaints based on race, training, tradition, policy. These are the facts and the facts are not in dispute(Thank you Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men).

In the spirit of “what is good for the goose is good for the gander” legislators, prosecutors, defense counsel and judges should now be equipped with lapel cameras and microphones with real time wireless monitoring and archiving. We have the technology.

Then and only then will society be safe from the rapacious nature of those who, though guided by Ivy League formation, still abuse, neglect and deceive their constituents wholesale and oppress their underlings retail.

Police administration learned that in car cameras show cops do what they were told to do the way they were told to do it. My opinion is that our betters are better than dishing it out than they are at taking it. Progressive pundits or politicians will not withstand the second guessing, grandstanding, pillory, ridicule that they inflict.

Again, Professor, I thank you. I remind the rest of you that this is only a comment on a blog.

“Red list”…???

Has Prince “Full Moon” Warren heard of this outrage…?!?!?

BannedbytheGuardian | May 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Recently an M15 It guy was found stuffed in a padlocked travel bag in his flat. Cause of death could not be determined for the body had been in a heated apartment for many days. No other spy peeps missed him at his desk .

Having concluded he was not Houdini , the Police report has concluded it might be a suspicious death .

PC will never completely snuff British understatement . The spirit lives on.

    Some detail on that case here…

    MI6 Agent, makes more sense than Mi5 to be involved in shady/conspiracy type events.

    The Brits are light years ahead in the political correctness arena and it is obviously causing considerable consternation thereabouts.

    In the US, California leads the way but not by much. The remaining blue states are closely tagging along.

    Only in the red states is there a glimmer of hope and all to often, that glimmer is dimmed by the shriek of an offended liberal.

    So you see, we are moving into another phase of the human condition, one that we will regret when it all shakes out…

Does this mean that the media can no longer hyperventilate about the so-called Hollywood blacklist era? Or is this another do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do moment?

    Milhouse in reply to rec_lutheran. | May 13, 2012 at 12:03 am

    On the contrary, that racist McCarthy had a blacklist; that’s why he was so bad. If he’d had a redlist it wouldn’t have been bad; after all, they were reds, so he should have called them that. But he was a racist racist racist, and Roy Cohn was a homo so there. Oh, wait, that’s not bad any more. Cohn was a gay man bravely fighting for his country in the only way it would allow him…er…er… pinkwashing!

I’ve just spent an hour searching for my sandals to wear outside tomorrow to let the sun add some Tan to my winter White legs because if I take my daily walk wearing my sneakers I’m going to look like I have Monkey feet.


I think I’m I racist! 🙁

English is a language rich in vocabulary. So many wonderful words from which to choose. The PC crowd is clearly being niggardly with it.

I’ll probably not be allowed to say that again.

I wonder whether New Scotland Yard people are also banned from using “master” and “slave”, as equipment vendors selling to LA County were nearly 10 years ago.

    Steve in reply to Milhouse. | May 13, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Thats funny , our SW Co makes telemarket software and Democrats seem to use it a lot ,we regularly get asked about phone channel status of ‘slave talker’ used as a secondary transfer that is now talking independently of original call.

    I get a laugh out of their sputter every time.

I am so ashamed I ever let my daughter sit in a taxpayer funded school room that used blackboards. I shall therefore tender my parent card. ~Good grief

It is a good thing that Obama brought us all together. Let’s all stand, link arms and sing, “kumbaya” [phonetic. That crap isn’t in my dictionary].

DavidJackSmith | May 13, 2012 at 8:48 am

What’s even funnier? Actually based at New Scotland Yard is..


It’s a museum carting the history of the Yard and its most infamous cases, like Jack the Ripper.