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Being in the IT industry, I can tell you that the master/slave thing has been done to death, not to mention hard drive, floppy, RAM, and countless other terms. It's funny if you hear it for the first time, or if you're 14, but otherwise it's noted as a quirk of the trade.
I can't believe organizations actually pander to such irrational politcally correct demands. Master and Slave are WORDS. They are not implying anything about anyone's background. Once in a while people complain about the formal name of Rhode Island which is "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" because "plantations" is offensive. Nevermind that we didn't have slavery.
One of these days someone is going to file a harrassment lawsuit based on a plumber's "male" and "female" hardware.
In June, the Los Angeles city council unanimously passed a law requiring that any companies doing business with the city disclose profits they may have made from slavery in the 19th Century.
How can any government hold companies responsible for what they did in the 1800's when slavery was (unfortunately) legal? Aren't governments the ones to blame for institutionalized slavery and racism?
In 2000, the council supported federal legislation seeking reparations for descendants of slaves.
The actual issue aside, I'm really tired of local city councils wasting the electorate's time by passing debating and passing legislation relating to issues way out of their control like Iraq.
People are just going way too far on this kind of stuff. It is intolerance of a different kind. Master and slave is not racist. Slavery is multi-cultural, I am afraid. The Egyptians enslaved the Jews. The tribal Africans enslaved people of other tribes. Native Americans enslaved their captives. But what we always remember is that white men enslaved Africans and Afro-Americans. Whoever enslaved who, slavery is and always was wrong.
In the context these people were using "master" and 'slave" was not racist, it was merely descriptive. No different than how we describe how peices of machinery fit together - male and female.
And heaven help the poor person who dares to use the word "*****rdly" in proper English.
I think I am going to write Premium Saltines. Their use of the word "cracker" is morally offensive to all beige people from the South.
Note: when I saved this, my use of a perfectly proper English word was automatically edited. Laughable.