San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has mandated new and improved language for referring to criminals and addicts. The new lingo is sanitized for their protection. (Certainly not ours). The city’s officials adopted the changes recently, banishing words they feel marginalize criminals in favor of more politically correct terms.
The word “offender” is out, as it is offensive. Duh! We’re afraid to offend offenders? “Addict” has been shown the door as well, because-- I guess-- it makes one sound like someone who’s addicted to something. From now on a criminal released from prison will be known as a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “returning resident,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Returning resident? That sounds like Aunt Edna coming back from vacation, not an ex-con coming back from the slammer.
A drug addict will become “a person with a history of substance use,” while a convicted felon will henceforth be called a “justice-involved person.” That makes it sound like he or she is a good guy, probably in law enforcement, certainly not a dangerous criminal. Similarly, a juvenile “delinquent” will henceforth be termed a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.” It will then be unclear if he was the perpetrator or the victim. That is likely the point. To progressives, there’s no difference between perps and law-abiding citizens, really, just as there’s no objective difference between men and women.
The local officials claim the new language will help change people’s views about those who commit crimes. One can almost hear them thinking: “We certainly don’t want to stigmatize crime and bad behavior! Wonder why we have so much crime and bad behavior?”
Leftists don’t understand the simple laws and realities of life. Or they refuse to accept them. They are generally unfamiliar with Natural Law, don’t approve of the idea of supply and demand, and refuse to acknowledge that there are only two sexes.
We already call illegal aliens “undocumented immigrants.” Can’t accuse them of breaking the law, even though that is precisely what they did—the very first thing they did-- upon entering the country. If a man thinks he’s a woman, or wishes he were one, we call him a woman. Crazy isn’t “crazy,” it’s “exceptionally unusual,” “thrilling,” “non-standard,” or “differently-excited and acted out.”
You inevitably get more of what you tolerate, subsidize, and welcome—and less of what you stigmatize and punish. San Francisco is reeling from one of the highest crime rates in the country. It is awash in homeless people, used hypodermic needles and human feces. And it keeps begging for more.