Homebuilders in Washington D.C. have been dropping the phrase “master suite” from their language thanks to its supposed implications of racism and sexism. The word “master” has been used in other contexts to describe slaveowners and dominant male figures in relationships. That means, of course, that it must never be used again. So homebuilders are now beginning to call master suites “owner’s suites.” Steve Nardella, senior vice president of Winchester Homes in Maryland, explains: “I imagine it’s not only a more accurate description but also a more politically correct term of art.” Of course, it is only a matter of time before the left begins complaining that “owner” implies both “slaveowner” and “owner of your spouse.” Eventually, we will simply list “master bedrooms” as “the big ones in the back of the house.”
This is not the first time the word “master” has been called racist in non-slavery situations. In 2003, Los Angeles began asking that computer manufacturers stop labeling computer equipment “master” and “slave.” “Based on the cultural diversity and sensitivity of Los Angeles County, this is not an acceptable identification label,” said Joe Sandoval, a division manager of purchasing in the city. “We would request that each manufacturer, supplier and contractor review, identify and remove/change any identification or labeling of equipment components that could be interpreted as discriminatory or offensive in nature.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).