Federal officials say they have seen an increase in harassment complaints involving coded words and images in the workplace. Whether it is geared toward racial groups, religious affiliations, sex or sexual orientation, code words have proliferated in recent years through the Internet, where Web sites provide forums for creating, discussing and spreading new words promoting intolerance.
Terms such as “welfare queens” and “crime-ridden neighborhoods” have long been used to refer to African-Americans, Dawson said. In recent years, other analysts said, discussions about patriotism have increasingly become coded with phrases such as “full-blooded Americans” used to exclude certain ethnic groups, particularly Latino immigrants.
Wow, you mean people are cowards and use code words to avoid being called out for their bigotry? No! I for one am shocked.
(P.S I’m not dead, I’ve just been working–still working on the new laptop. I’ll be working through the comments and emails tonight.)