Los Angeles County officials have gone PC (politically correct) on PCs (personal computers) — banning as potentially “offensive or defamatory” the words master and slave from computer hard drives and video equipment where they are used to describe primary and secondary circuits.
Under orders from the affirmative action office, county departments have surveyed about 1,000 pieces of equipment and taped over “master/slave” and put “primary/secondary” on the equipment, officials said.
Joe Sandoval, division manager of purchasing and contract services in the Internal Services Department, started the flap with a memo to electronic equipment vendors saying the county wants master and slave labeling removed from computer equipment it buys.
“The County of Los Angeles actively promotes and is committed to ensure a work environment that is free from any discriminatory influence be it actual or perceived,” he wrote in the Nov. 18 memo.
What’s next? Hard drive reparations. And what about computer monitors? Won’t that make some over-sensitive person think of the “Monitor” and the Confederate ship the “Merrimack?”