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Scotland Yard blacklists, er, bans the word ‘blacklist’ because it’s racist


Well, this is doubleplusungood.

Is there anything left that isn’t raaaaacist? Blacklists? Are you freaking kidding us?

Someone somewhere might be offended at some point? Heaven forfend! But no worries, Newspeak will save the day. The Police have banned the word 'blacklist' for fears that it's racist. They now also have nowhere to put it.

— James Martin (@Pundamentalism) May 6, 2012

Security services chief Brian Douglas wrote: “IB (Information Board) are uncomfortable with the use of the term Whitelist (and I presume Blacklist).

“I am sure we can appreciate the sensitivity around the use of such terminology today so please ensure it is no longer used.”

IT staffers will now have to use “green list” and “red list” instead of “whitelist” and “blacklist”

Red lists, green lists?! Has the world gone totally bonkers?

— Jeff Salem (@JeffSalem) May 7, 2012

But are they sure “red list” won’t offend anyone’s delicate sensibilities?

I object to use of *red* it offends those of my delicate pigmentation (Via @thenext100k)

— Kate Bopp (@mrs_bopp) May 7, 2012

Uh oh. Looks like “red list” is out too.

While most Twitter reaction was of the “WTF?” variety, Conservative MP Louise Mensch tweeted her support for the policy.

@dave204 I've got some sympathy. Why should black people always have to see the word "black" denote negativity. Red = danger in nature.

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) May 7, 2012

We imagine U.K. cops will have a tough time investigating blackmail cases and white collar crime from now on. One Twitter user suggested other words that might be disappeared from the language by those who worship at the altar of political correctness:

No more blackboards! || “@Drudge_Report: Scotland Yard bans word 'blacklist' over race fears…

— ıɹɐɹɹǝɟɯoʇ -HIRE ME! (@tomferrari) May 7, 2012

Blackouts R now "electrically challenged" || @Drudge_Report: Scotland Yard bans word 'blacklist' over race fears #tcot

— ıɹɐɹɹǝɟɯoʇ -HIRE ME! (@tomferrari) May 7, 2012

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