A meeting of Oriental rugs led to a vote that will bring a monumental change. Oriental rugs will now refer to each other as Asian rugs. “Women would ask what kind of rug I was? I would tell them Oriental, and you could see their face change. Some people even told me that’s a very bad word, and not to use it,” one rug spokesman said.
Most rugs think they should be in control of how the word is used. One rug disagreed, “If I want to call myself Oriental, or call one of my friends Oriental, that should be up to me. But I guess it’s not.”
Other changes include no use of the word Oriental in normal rug conversation and no more polack jokes.
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Rugs agree to adjust to changing times and be more sensitive.