Wow! Get a load of this, folks. Based on a new USDA regulation that was issued last week, it seems even food can be found offensive to some activist groups.
According to a report from the Free Beacon:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a regulation on Thursday to stop referring to midget raisins as “midget” after an activist group called the term offensive.
The group want to eliminate the word “midget” from society, and zeroed in on the raising classification, although they said it was a benign use of the term.
“On May 13, 2013, AMS received a petition from the Little People of America stating that they ‘are trying to raise awareness around and eliminate the use of the word midget,’” the USDA said. “The petition further stated that, ‘Though the use of the word midget by the USDA when classifying certain food products is benign, Little People of America, and the dwarfism community, hopes that the USDA would consider phasing out the term midget.’”
While I can appreciate the want to raise awareness, and can understand this to a certain degree, it’s the precedent here that really bothers me. I mean, what’s next to be found offensive and phased out? Shrimp? Peanuts? Where does it end? Are there even any bounds?