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Don’t Do the Crime if You Can’t Do the…errrr…Name October 31, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

One of the most annoying things about the Left is their habit of changing the meaning of words to suit them and banning the use of words that offend them. “Gender,” for instance. We all pretty much understood gender to mean them’s with parts and them’s without, but over the past two decades the word has come to mean something much different to liberals.

Or take “illegal immigrants.” Pretty straightforward, yes? Or “handicapped.” Or in the case of one ex-president, “is.”

Today the word they’re trying to change is “criminal“:

Is it wrong to call someone who steals a “criminal”?

In the site’s Crime and Safety area, where residents share strategies for fighting crime, Malkia Cyril asks her Noe Valley neighbors to stop using the label because it shows lack of empathy and understanding.

Cyril suggested that instead of calling the thief who took the bicycle from your garage a criminal, you should be more respectful and call him or her “the person who stole my bicycle.”

“I [suggest] that people who commit property crimes are human and deserved to be referred to in terms that acknowledge that,” Cyril, who’s the executive director of the Center for Media Justice in Oakland, writes in the thread.

The mind boggles. It’s fast getting to the point where communication between the two ends of the political spectrum will be impossible.


1. lauraw - October 31, 2015

“I [suggest] that people who commit property crimes are human

This is an inane statement.
All people are human, regardless of whether they commit crimes, and regardless of whether or not those crimes are property crimes.

I’m curious as to why she’s separating out the criminals who commit property crimes for such special kindness. Are property crimes not damaging to the victims?

Maybe she is comfortable enough to shrug off the loss of a bicycle, so she has the luxury of thinking maybe the thief is not such a bad guy. That is not the case for many victims of property crime, the poorest of which can be severely personally damaged by theft losses.

If she had ever lived in a neighborhood where every belonging that wasn’t nailed down was promptly stolen, and she was not well off herself, she wouldn’t scold her neighbors to be nicer when speaking about ‘the people who steal bikes.’

2. Sobek - November 3, 2015

I don’t think there is any contradiction in feeling compassion for all people, including criminals, and punishing (and properly labeling) criminal behavior. Perhaps that’s too nuanced a view for my lefty friends.

3. lauraw - November 3, 2015

Why do we label criminal behavior? Why do we label any behaviors? Can’t we just live in the now, without feeling the need to classify people into these artificial categories that inadequately describe the fullness of their human experience?

4. geoff - November 3, 2015

Can’t we just live in the now, without feeling the need to classify people into these artificial categories that inadequately describe the fullness of their human experience?

Unless, of course, they’re part of the white hetero patriarchy. Those bastards need loads of classifyin’.

5. lauraw - November 3, 2015

What is the curious linkage between labels and behavior?

Today I might write a poem, yet I surely cannot be labeled a ‘poet.’

Tomorrow I might stop to smell a flower, but I am definitely not a ‘posy-sniffer.’

Some other day, I might ensnare a wine-soaked hobo, but I am not necessarily a ‘person who makes salami of dubious origin.’



6. geoff - November 3, 2015

But can you shake the label of being a Hottie McTottie?

I think not.

7. lauraw - November 4, 2015

*runs away*

8. geoff - November 4, 2015

Just in time, ere this line “Today I might write a poem, yet I surely cannot be labeled a ‘poet.’” came back to haunt you.

9. geoff - November 4, 2015

Which, BTW, should never have haunted you – I always liked your poetical waxing.

10. daveintexas - November 5, 2015


11. lauraw - November 5, 2015


12. skinbad - November 5, 2015

Friends don’t let friends wax drunk.

13. geoff - November 5, 2015

Hmmm…poetical waxing essentially killed it.

A cautionary tale for the literati.

Not that they ever frequent this site.

14. lauraw - November 5, 2015

Literati? Is that some kind of Italian motorbike?

15. lauraw - November 5, 2015

Why would an Italian motorcycle visit the site? Geoff, are you okay?

16. geoff - November 5, 2015

I don’t question the motives of Italian motorbikes. We’re all human, after all.

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