The “I” Word

Kudos to Geraldo Rivera, of empty vault fame, for this recent op-ed on the Latino Fox News website. Geraldo makes the argument, and powerfully so, that the term “illegal immigrant” should be abandoned. I found the following paragraph to be particularly compelling:

“Like the words ‘Jew’ or ‘slob’ or ‘slut’, the phrase ‘illegal alien’ has the elegance of being harsh, but defensible, if accurate. Although it can be used as a cutting reference, it can still be uttered in polite company without fear of raising many eyebrows, especially among those who feel similarly negative about the individual being described.”

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/05/04/geraldo-rivera-alleged-illegals/#ixzz1uFynNM3s

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