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Is the ‘I-Word’ the New ‘N-Word’?

Posted by on Jul. 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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Is the ‘I-Word’ the New ‘N-Word’?

Editor’s note: This post contains language that some readers may find offensive. Discretion is advised.

Progressive commentator Sally Kohn took aim at a word she deemed derogatory and dehumanizing in a CNN column published on July 4.

Sally Kohn. (Image via Twitter)

Sally Kohn. (Image via Twitter)

She compared the term to “n*****” and “f*****” and called for an end to its public usage.

The word: “illegal.”

Here’s how she opened her column:

During the civil rights era, Alabama Gov. George Wallace was asked by a supporter why he was fixated on the politics of race. Wallace replied, ‘You know, I tried to talk about good roads and good schools and all these things that have been part of my career, and nobody listened. And then I began talking about n*ggers, and they stomped the floor.’

In the 1980s, during the rise of the gay rights movement, North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms accused a political opponent for supporting ‘f*ggots, perverts [and] sexual deviates of this nation.’

Today, opponents of immigration reform attack undocumented immigrants as ‘illegal immigrants.’ Even worse, like anti-immigration extremists, some prominent elected officials use the term ‘illegals.’ Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, said, ‘I urge all Mainers to tell your city councilors and selectmen to stop handing out your money to illegals.’

Not the same thing? Of course it is.

She goes on to call for the elimination of the term “illegal” from public discourse, essentially arguing that social pressure should be employed to rid American parlance of the adjective.

“The organization Race Forward has a campaign to get media organizations to ‘Drop The I-Word’ in their reporting about immigration,” Kohn wrote. “So far, the campaign has succeeded in getting the Associated Press, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and many other outlets to stop using the word. But the pressure continues on The New York Times, The Washington Post and radio and television outlets. And the campaign around media usage is just one step toward influencing and ultimately ending the use of the word ‘illegal’ by everyone in America.”

It seemed that Kohn would propose an alternate description for those who enter the U.S. unlawfully: “undocumented immigrants.”

Whether she intended that the word “undocumented” would come to connote “illegal,” or whether she intended that abolishing the use of the word “illegal” would, by association, eliminate the unlawful nature of such immigration, was unclear.

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DSamuels
by Gold Member on Jul. 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM
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Yep, they are now called "migrants" not to be confused with "migrant workers." The trouble is "migrate" means that they go somewhere for a period of time and then go back home. I don't see that happening voluntarily.

mi·grant

 noun \ˈmī-grənt\

: a person who goes from one place to another especially to find work

: a bird or animal that moves from one area to another at different times of the year

Cass84
by on Jul. 6, 2014 at 11:32 PM

That's insulting, is she going to compare them to holocaust survivors next?

29again
by Gold Member on Jul. 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM
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She is a progressive.  What do we expect from her, sanity?

jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Jul. 7, 2014 at 12:27 AM
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Another "politically correct" messing up of the truth of a certain situation?

Donna6503
by Silver Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 1:54 AM
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I'm going to get jumped on; but, I've always preferred "undocumented" over "illegal."
jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Jul. 7, 2014 at 2:43 AM

Nothing wrong with that term, either.

Quoting Donna6503: I'm going to get jumped on; but, I've always preferred "undocumented" over "illegal."


1stmuslimah
by Silver Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 6:15 AM
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Quoting jcribb16:

Nothing wrong with that term, either.

Quoting Donna6503: I'm going to get jumped on; but, I've always preferred "undocumented" over "illegal."

 No there is not but as someone who did come legally and follow the law and pay my fees, go through the process I will continue to call it what it is "illegal"

JTROX
by Bronze Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 7:24 AM
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She's an idiot.  What is wrong with speaking the truth?  

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 7:29 AM
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 Progressives and the truth are not usually friends.

Quoting JTROX:

She's an idiot.  What is wrong with speaking the truth?  

 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 7:32 AM
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 I have always preferred "criminal illegal alien."

When we start listing bank robbers as undocumented money couriers - maybe I will think differently.

Quoting Donna6503: I'm going to get jumped on; but, I've always preferred "undocumented" over "illegal."

 

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