Seattle transit agency dropping term “red line” because of racist implications

If you are a woke progressive, you can find racism in everything.

Take for example in Seattle: The local transit agency, Sound Transit, has decided to drop the term “red line” for a north-south route. This is because of an association with the racist term “redlining.”

According to Wikipedia, redlining refers to “the systematic denial of various services to residents of specific, often racially associated, neighborhoods or communities, either directly or through the selective raising of prices. While the best known examples of redlining have involved denial of financial services such as banking or insurance, other services such as health care (see also Race and health) or even supermarkets have been denied to residents.”

Apparently Sound Transit heard from a lot of community members who are very upset with the term red line. From their press release:

“As the term Red Line became more visible we heard concerns from members of our community, that this term carries unfortunate associations with the punitive practice by lenders of “redlining.”

Redlining describes the historical practice engaged in by banks to withhold home-loan funds or insurance from neighborhoods deemed to be poor economic risks. These neighborhoods were primarily comprised of racial and ethnic minorities, who were denied the opportunity to build generational wealth through home ownership.

These discriminatory practices caused widespread damage and inequities that have had a lingering impact to this day. In response, we are going to identify a new system for identifying our routes. It’s the right thing to do, and we are grateful for the community members who encouraged us to take this action.

While numerous transit systems around our country have red lines based on the widespread practice of using primary colors to label transit services, at Sound Transit we want to build a system that welcomes everyone. The term Red Line clearly works against this goal.”

Read their whole press release here.

I’m curious as to what color they will name the new line. I’m assuming the following are out due to political correctness: White, yellow and brown (for obvious reasons), blue and grey (associated with depression), and orange (think #OrangeManBad).

No matter what color they end up with, I’m sure some woke progressive – somewhere, somehow – will find a reason to be offended.

DCG

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Alma
Alma
7 months ago

“No matter what color they end up with, I’m sure some woke progressive – somewhere, somehow – will find a reason to be offended.” Nah, theY will mix all the colors and get a “shitty brown”.

Truckjunkie
Truckjunkie
7 months ago
Reply to  Alma

“Shitty Brown?” HEY-THAT’S RAAAACIST!!!!

William
William
7 months ago

I would think Seattle would assign positive connotations to red being that it’s the color associated with communism. But certain hyper-sensitive “community members” apparently think otherwise. Certain community members need to get a life IMO. Here they label school buses with animal names, the rabbit bus, the turtle bus, and so on. That could work although animal rights activists might be offended. Maybe they could just let riders choose the color based on how they feeeeel. We should take comfort though knowing that by dropping the name red line, Seattles racial and ethnic minorities will no longer be denied the… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago

All of these posts about Seattle are creating the impression for me of it being a large unsupervised psych unit. That being the case someone should dump massive quantities of antipsychotic medication in their water supply. Get them stabilized and sedated before they hurt themselves

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
7 months ago

That first meme is priceless — and so true.

Pearl
Pearl
7 months ago

Good Lord, are there no adults or rational beings left in positions of responsibility?

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  DCG

But they have a pretty good football team. That’s important

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
7 months ago
Reply to  DCG

Unfortunately, that is also true about Oregon’s largest city, Portland, which is several hundred miles south of Seattle. There just isn’t any common sense in either of these cities.

williamofberkshire
williamofberkshire
7 months ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

Cheer up AL, you could be living in MA. The liberal/bolsheviks here are old-school academic Marxists (like Fauxcahontas), more dignified than the looney-toon left coast version but just as deadly. Today the state legislature is debating a statewide ban on plastic bags, to Save The Planet. They already did that in my town and it’s noticeably cooler (kidding). They have absolutely nothing better to do. Got to get out of here

Truckjunkie
Truckjunkie
7 months ago

Speaking of “getting out”,I believe I read last Summer that it cost something like FIVE TIMES as much to rent a Y’all Haul to go from Frisco to Lost Wages as to go from Lost Wages to Frisco. What does THAT tell us about California’s economy?

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
7 months ago

Isn’t it wonderful to note that these individuals who derive their salaries from public monies are busy “really solving today’s problems!” {Sarc}

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
7 months ago

Please send these people to me. I’m retired and bored. I don’t have nearly enough people to make fun of. What a bunch of idiots.
Sticks and stones
May break my bones
Names will never hurt me.

Truckjunkie
Truckjunkie
7 months ago
Reply to  YouKnowWho

We should ALL go there for a Group Laugh……

Joseph Magil
Joseph Magil
7 months ago

In Chinese culture, red has the most positive association of any color. Red is the color of happiness. If you give a gift to a Chinese, it is a good sign to make that gift red or wrap it in red. If the bride wears traditional Chinese garb at her wedding, her gown will be red. I would love to see Seattle’s Chinese population weigh in on this, except that it is as bad now to be an East Asian today as it is to be white because of their generally high levels of academic and economic achievement despite the… Read more »

Truckjunkie
Truckjunkie
7 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Magil

Ya know,these Democrats,and their derivatives, might be a WEE bit easier to tolerate if there was even a LITTLE bit of logic or reason for their absolute IDIOCY,but it just runs wild through their Party,like Lightning on a Desert Plain. NO discernible reason for it to strike where it strikes….