The biggest problem facing San Francisco is not dirty needles in playgrounds or piles of human waste on sidewalks. According to government leaders the biggest issue facing the city is language that might offend criminals.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has introduced a non-binding resolution calling on citizens to use sanitized language when referring to criminals.
Instead of calling someone a convicted felons — lawmakers want you to say formerly incarcerated person or justice involved person. Drug addicts would be called a person with a history of substance abuse.
And juvenile delinquents would be known as young people impacted by the juvenile justice system.
Critics are wondering if this is the best use of city tax dollars. San Francisco has one of the highest crime rates in the nation. The streets and sidewalks are littered with dirty needles and human waste. And the city’s homeless crisis is one of the worst in the country.
Yet the Board of Supervisors seems to believe the most pressing issue is language that might offend convicted felons.
If only San Francisco spent as much time sanitizing their sidewalks as they do their official vocabulary.