Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Illegal" a bad word -- particularly if it is accurate

Last week The Huffington Post published an article regarding the University of California at Los Angeles’ ban on the term “illegal immigrant.” In putting this ban in place, the university joined the ranks of some of the United States’ most acclaimed news networks, including the Associated Press, CNN, ABC News and NBC news.

The weird part? I never knew “illegal immigrant” was problematic.

What’s wrong with it? It’s accurate, unlike the partially taboo “Indian,” so why have numerous institutions and organizations placed a ban on it? The reason seems obvious: The truth hurts. Let’s try not to offend.

Great, there’s another one to add to the never-ending vortex of political correctness.

Where does it ever end? According to the Global Language Monitor, it’s becoming less acceptable to say “Columbus Day,” something I’ve noticed on my own. These past few years, more and more people have bitterly wished me, “Happy Bring-Smallpox-to-Millions-of-People-and-Wipe-Out-Whole-Civilizations Day.”

Well, that’s a downer. (By the way, the alternate — and supposedly more acceptable term — is Explorer’s Day.)



Anonymous said...

Eye roll and face palm.

California should just join Mexico and have done with it. When the stuff finally hits the economic fan, maybe Mexico City will bail them out. But I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

"Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty than is terrorism..." -- Spider

Anonymous said...

How about we bring back 'criminal alien' if 'illegal immigrant' is no longer in fashion? ;)

Anonymous said...

It's Spanish Imperialism Day!
Not to mention remembering the much maligned Brits who had the nerve to colonize other parts of America that led to the "United States" which actually still speak that Devil's tongue - English!

Anonymous said...

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives."

- Robert Heinlein

Anonymous said...

I would love to find one of these bleeding heart liberals who want the illegals to stay and break into their house. Eat their food, sleep in their bed and use their stuff and watch them hiss and moan.

I want to tell them that I am an "undocumented resident" and since I am now comfortable here it would be "intolerant" of them to make me leave and that they now have to support me and my family.

See how THEY like it!

Anonymous said...

From Liberalism 101:

Do as we say, not as we do...

Uno Hu said...

Read the article and laughed out loud at the twisted circumlocution someone apparent used regarding "Columbus Day". Unfortunately - unfortunately - I've never had that experience, and so never have had the chance to respond with "Yes, but regretfully, we missed a few!" It's always amusing to watch a raving liberal's head explode.