Your position on the word itself is silly and the appropriate response is ridicule. You can beat your chest about the mighty power of HR but even they are not immune. When a company I worked at banned all drug paraphernalia, and then later on the same page defined that to include bowls and spoons, the hr lady came in to work to find that someone had thoughtfully taken the offending paper/plastic products from the kitchen and turned them in on top of her desk. Next years policy was a little more thought out.
Your over sensitivity for one race and not others is actually a "benevolent" form of racism, there is a time and a place to correct racism. This was not it.