MoveOn.org video: Saying ‘illegal’ immigrants fits definition of a hate crime – Spokane Conservative | Examiner.com
April 28, 2012 2 Comments
In yet another case of Orwellian political correctness run amok, a video posted at MoveOn.org says calling illegal immigrants “illegal” fits the definition of a hate crime and calls for the word to be banned when used in the context of immigration.
A web page at Colorlines goes even further, giving words they say are more acceptable.
“The epithet ‘illegals’ promotes a culture of intolerance and violence toward foreign nationals, undocumented immigrants, and people of color,” the site says, suggesting:
- Undocumented immigrants
- Unauthorized immigrants
- NAFTA refuge
The “Drop the I-Word” campaign describes itself as a “public education campaign powered by immigrants and diverse communities across the country that value human dignity and are working to eradicate the dehumanizing slur ‘illegals’ from everyday use and public discourse.”
“The i-word opens the door to racial profiling and violence and prevents truthful, respectful debate on immigration,” the site adds.
“Silly me, I always figured it was used to describe someone who is in America illegally,” notes a post at Weasel Zippers.
On Friday, attorney Jay Sekulow discussed the issue on Fox News’ Hannity, and called MoveOn.org’s effort “the politics of hate,” in essence vilifying an entire group of people who recognize that people who are in the country illegally are “illegal aliens.”
One cannot help but think of George Orwell‘s classic 1984, in which he wrote of the destruction of words in an effort to eradicate “thoughtcrime.”
It seems the left, incapable of defending the indefensible, would rather win with the debate by banning words, basically making them illegal.