Oh, dear.....after five pages I'm not sure I even remember the original instance. Sigh....... <opens another browser window to go back and look> ...... OK, here goes.....
The students held a contest to name their new mascot. The mascot is a pig. The winning name was "Pork Chop." Several Hispanics complained about the new name because they felt it was offensive toward Hispanics. The school renamed the mascot Ferrous.
WTH? A team mascot is renamed because a few people complained that it offended them because the same words, "pork chop", had been used as a derogatory racial epithet when they worked at Bethlehem Steel?
For crying out loud. There was NO INTENT to offend; the words are not offensive in the language of the country; only a few people complained versus a whole student body who voted for it.
This is PC run amok. These people who were so offended have very thin skins. They should know there was no intent to offend anyone because the name was given to a PIG mascot. It had nothing whatsover to do with Hispanics. They should have just let it slide. They were making a big hoo-doo over nothing, probably just trying to get attention. Let's have a little reason and tolerance. Sure, those words might have been used to call them names at some time, but a reasonable person takes the context into consideration. They're in America now, and the words pork and chop and normal English words used to denote a cut of meat from a pig, and that's the way they should be understood, unless the context of the situation implies that they're being used as racial slurs. THEN they can complain. The can complain about the racial slur, but they have no cause to complain about the words.
If all the words that have been used to offend me have to be removed from public use of the language we'd be left with sign language. And what are these guys going to do when they go to the butcher and want to buy some pork chops, anyway? Ask the butcher to give them two pounds of their very best, errrr.......FERROUS???