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November 1, 2013
NPR Racial-Sensitivity Bloggers Want to Ban the Term 'Chinese Fire Drill'
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NPR’s “Code Switch” bloggers are taking offense at the phrase “Chinese fire drill.” It’s racially insensitive. On Thursday, NPR blogger Lakshmi Gandhi explained it’s a prank when people get out of a parked car, run around it, and then get back in. “One of the most famous pop culture references to the game appears of the classic 1970s sitcom Happy Days, in which Richie Cunningham and friends can be seen racing around his car, holding up traffic in the process.”

Gandhi admitted the term isn’t exactly common today, but the NPR cops want it stricken from American lingo anyway:

11/1/13 5:47 AM
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