I meant to mention this last week — so many p.c. buffooneries, so little time. Remember that story I blogged on the 9th about Asian-Americans protesting a Metro rail line in Atlanta dubbed the “yellow” line? Well, the inevitable submission to “sensitivity” took place last Friday — with transportation officials offering abject apologies to the grievance-mongers claiming imperial moral authority:
Tears, hugs, thanks, apologies and the occasional recrimination marked the long-awaited meeting between MARTA CEO Beverly Scott and local Asian-American leaders.
They met one day after MARTA announced it was changing the newly dubbed “yellow” line to “gold.” The line runs to Doraville, home to a large Asian-American community.
The word “yellow” has historically been used to denigrate Asians.
“I just didn’t pick it up, no question,” Scott told Helen Kim, director of advocacy and education at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, who spearheaded the meeting. “We are so sorry, and I am so sorry.”
Kim reached out to grasp Scott’s hand as she told her that the groups had tried to address the issue quietly but couldn’t get traction. Scott teared up as she spoke of the importance of Atlanta’s civil rights past. After Scott explained that MARTA hadn’t received a single complaint from an average citizen, and after Kim said that average citizens had complained to ethnic advocacy groups and suggested rallies or boycotts, Scott reached out for a hug.
I’d say the rail bureaucrats were bowing and scraping like serfs before Mandarins, but that might offend someone.