The Guardian published today a marvellous example of word-evasion in an article about knife crime in London.
Though the subject of the article is the habits, cultures and tendencies of black people it manages, brilliantly, to not mention black people even once. Choosing instead to refer to youths and teenagers. In some cases even using the second person pronoun ‘you’ even though organic-vegetable eating, labour-voting, teachers-Union joining, white-as-calliflower Guardian readers are definitely not ‘getting into beefs about drug territory’ or using ‘zombie knives.’
Word evasion consultants at The International Conspiracy of Journalists immediately proclaimed the article to be “the perfect example of avoiding the phrase ‘black people’ while writing about stuff black people like“.