I read this story “Is the I-Word the New N-Word?” and it sounds so ridiculous that I mentally, I just want to dismiss it, because, I mean really… who’s going to take this seriously??
Well… the Associated Press, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times, to name just 3 who have already succumbed to the pressure. Yes, these news outlets have already agreed to stop using the term “illegal” in reference to immigrants.
Sally Kohn and others want to stop using the term “illegal immigrant” because they say it is derogatory and dehumanizing. I hate to break it to you Sally, but committing a crime is derogatory and dehumanizing. If they don’t want these negative words associated with them, they shouldn’t be committing a crime.
What’s next? Will we ban the word “criminal”, “felon”, “thief”, “parolee”? These are negative words for law-abiding citizens, but for those who’ve broken the law, they are just simply the truth. Deal with it!
And for those of you who want illegal immigrants termed “illegal” rather than “undocumented”, you need to make some noise and let those news outlets know you want the truth (not sugar-coated, left-leaning, political correctness). The New York Times and the Washington Post are there next targets. Email them or give them a call.
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