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No, ‘Illegal’ Is Not Like the N-Word: Suppressing language does not change objective reality.
Pajamas Media ^ | 07/07/2014 | Walter Hudson

Posted on 07/08/2014 12:30:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Blaze brings our attention to recent commentary by CNN columnist Sally Kohn on the topic of illegal immigration. She claims that describing immigrants that way, as “illegal,” is like using the n-word to describe black people. Kohn writes:

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.’

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.

No, it isn’t. Kohn’s equivalence is beyond despicable.

The n-word serves no descriptive purpose. It does not speak to a factual truth about its object. The n-word is plainly and only derogatory.

The word “illegal” is an adjective with objective meaning that describes a factual reality. We call illegal immigrants “illegal” because they are here illegally. It’s pretty simple.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegal; immigration; nword; spam

1 posted on 07/08/2014 12:30:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How about ‘invaders’?

That’s closest to the dictionary translation of their status, so ...


2 posted on 07/08/2014 12:32:42 PM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s a clever boots - trying to shut down the language again like so many other leftists. Will we fall for it?


3 posted on 07/08/2014 12:32:44 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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I’m surprised Blacks are tolerating the Left’s marginalization of slavery.


4 posted on 07/08/2014 12:34:16 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SeekAndFind

A rose by any other name....


5 posted on 07/08/2014 12:34:58 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have yet to hear any of the libs address the thousands who have been waiting months or years to enter the U.S. legally.


6 posted on 07/08/2014 12:35:51 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Jose comes across legally he is a legal alien.

If Jose comes across illegally he is an illegal alien.

Same person, different status based on his actions, not how he was born.


7 posted on 07/08/2014 12:36:17 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TangoLimaSierra

RE: I have yet to hear any of the libs address the thousands who have been waiting months or years to enter the U.S. legally.

YEARS is the reality.


8 posted on 07/08/2014 12:39:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I prefer,

"CRIMINAL INVADERS."


9 posted on 07/08/2014 12:43:07 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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10 posted on 07/08/2014 12:48:04 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind

We won’t call them “illegal” because it hurts their feelings.

If you Teabaggers were more sensitive to others, you’d understand that!

/sarc(?)


11 posted on 07/08/2014 12:56:20 PM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: SeekAndFind
CNN columnist Sally Kohn

la raza connections?

12 posted on 07/08/2014 1:10:14 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: SeekAndFind

I always knew that if we had a Ministry of Truth some day that it would be run by evil people, but I didn’t think that they would have such severe mental problems.

For anyone to say something like that about the true and accurate word “Illegal” must have an IQ in the negative numbers.


13 posted on 07/08/2014 1:16:20 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: SeekAndFind

Invading Aliens


14 posted on 07/08/2014 1:21:02 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Illegal alien sums it up without any doubt to legal status or criminal nature..


15 posted on 07/08/2014 1:34:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Liz; AuntB; La Lydia; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; 2ndDivisionVet

PING


16 posted on 07/08/2014 1:35:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind

I dislike using the word illegal to describe them as well, for it has been corrupted through overuse.

Instead they should accurately be called what they are: “Mexicans, Guatemalans, etc.” specifically “Mexican citizens”. Doing this clears up many issues, for example:

“9th Circuit Court Panel Orders Arizona To Issue Drivers Licenses To Mexican Citizens”

“Demonstrators opposed to Mexican citizens being sent to their town stood their ground again at the Murrieta Border Patrol station on Monday, where U.S. Border Patrol had been scheduled to transfer a third round of buses, with approximately 140 Mexican citizens aboard in total, transferred from overcrowded Texas detention facilities.”


17 posted on 07/08/2014 1:41:02 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: SeekAndFind
Suppressing language does not change objective reality.

It certainly does. That's why they do it.

18 posted on 07/08/2014 2:05:35 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: SeekAndFind

‘Illegal alien’ is a legal term of art. It has no philosophical or emotional content. It describes a person’s status in regard to the law and nothing more.


19 posted on 07/08/2014 2:10:54 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I say we call her a racist for using “undocumented.”


20 posted on 07/08/2014 2:24:37 PM PDT by Homer1
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To: SeekAndFind

Illegal is what they are... What’s next? Charlie Manson doesn’t want to be called a killer?


21 posted on 07/08/2014 2:57:35 PM PDT by GOPJ (Remember the oath is to “support and defend the Constitution” not the President.FRrfreedom4u)
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To: SeekAndFind
Some important points this author has overlooked or avoided. Those who wish to remain free must not overlook them.

1. "We call illegal immigrants “illegal” because they are here illegally. It’s pretty simple."

Seeing how border crossing is actively on-going right this minute and hardly after the fact, why get hung up with what FORM of immigrant one is speaking about?

Just call them collectively as an INVASION FORCE.

2. "Suppressing language does not change objective reality." An outright lie.

Renown linguist Eric Blair (George Orwell) wrote definitively on this.

While this long paragraph does lay it out well enough, it is too long to be recalled easily, especially so in this day of sound-bites.

In this Orwell lays out how the all controlling state aims to keep its subjects in bondage and without the ability to rebel. So I argue that it is much too important a declaration to leave in its highly intellectual form.

How might you shorten it?

I offer this as simpler way to remember it so as to be able to repeat it to any who will listen:


22 posted on 07/08/2014 3:24:42 PM PDT by Avoiding_Sulla (How humanitarian are "leaders" who back Malthusian, Utilitarian & Green nutcases?)
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To: All

It’s okay to call them “illegal” if they’re mowing Romney’s lawn.

And by the way, it’s against the law to employ an illegal alien. Is it against the law to allow them to live with you?


23 posted on 07/08/2014 3:46:58 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Orwellian


24 posted on 07/08/2014 4:39:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t she the activist homosexual woman who Megyn Kelly had on her show and who dresses like a guy and has that snide smile?


25 posted on 07/08/2014 4:54:32 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc
RE: Isn’t she the activist homosexual woman who Megyn Kelly had on her show and who dresses like a guy and has that snide smile?

YES.

26 posted on 07/08/2014 5:11:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: stanne
"How about ‘invaders’?"

I sure many of them are soon to be called "murders and thieves"...what with the "MS 13 gang" coming in with all those "POOR CHILDERN"..!!

What a farce...

27 posted on 07/08/2014 6:36:18 PM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: Travis McGee
There could not possible be any doubt, ANY DOUBT, in any ones mind that this whole thing is designed to destabilize our country politically..? Man, it is "TREASON", pure an simple... And yet we do NOTHING... We make very little effort to put a stop to it... WE just sit on our fat, lazy backsides and gripe...!!

I am absolutely ashamed of myself...

I'm currently reading Matthew Bracken's book, "DOMESTIC ENEMIES"... Reading that book and watching what's happening in our county today will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck..!! He wrote it in 2006...

There is NO WAY anyone can say that Harry Reed is a politician that has Americas best interest in mind... Or that RUTH BADER GENSBURG makes her decisions based on Constitutional law.. ITS A JOKE.. Its the crooked politicians that's killing us..! And YES...the Judges have proven themselves to be nothing more then STINKING POLITICIONS...!

Maybe we need to forget about trying to work with the federal government all together, their to damned crooked, and go directly to the Governors of the states and get those suckers by the neck and make them STAND UP to the lawlessness that is in Washington.... This is a CONFEDERATION OF STATES, is it NOT..? Not a damned KINGDOM..! THE STATES have the power to stop all this crap if we could just get them to DO it..!

Well...enough of that.

28 posted on 07/08/2014 8:04:46 PM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: stanne

Invader.... in·vad·ed, in·vad·ing. Defined:

1.....to enter forcefully.

2.....to enter like an enemy: Locusts invaded the fields.

3.....to enter as if to take possession: to invade a neighbors home.

4......to enter and affect injuriously or destructively, as disease: viruses that invade the bloodstream.

5......to intrude upon: to invade the privacy of a family.


29 posted on 07/08/2014 10:13:43 PM PDT by caww
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To: stanne

Invader.... in·vad·ed, in·vad·ing. Defined:

1.....to enter forcefully.

2.....to enter like an enemy: Locusts invaded the fields.

3.....to enter as if to take possession: to invade a neighbors home.

4......to enter and affect injuriously or destructively, as disease: viruses that invade the bloodstream.

5......to intrude upon: to invade the privacy of a family.


30 posted on 07/08/2014 10:13:43 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

You can say THAT again!


31 posted on 07/08/2014 10:36:18 PM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind
I refer to them as illegal aliens, which is what they are, and in this case invaders because of the huge numbers. obozo should hang for this...his “hang em’ high” list is a long one.
32 posted on 07/08/2014 11:36:17 PM PDT by itssme
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To: unread
TM = MB. That's me.


33 posted on 07/09/2014 4:33:39 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ah yes that’s her.

That smug look on her face in that photo too.

Why on earth did Kelly or Fox have that wanna be guy on is beyond me.


34 posted on 07/09/2014 5:31:58 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Travis McGee
WOW..! I'll be darn...! GREAT BOOK..!! You have a fan here, for sure... I'll be reading them all and passing them along...

DON'T STOP WRITING.!!!

35 posted on 07/09/2014 5:38:23 AM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: manc
If you look at that photo long enough, your brain will morph it alternately male and female as you stare.

It's a picture that really creeps you out...like the portrait of Dorian Gray.

Leni

36 posted on 07/09/2014 5:40:33 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: SeekAndFind

“Illegal” implies law-breakers, something which concerns conservatives (but not liberals; refer to my sig). “N*gger” implies a judgment on a person based on an inherent trait, a Leftist and Darwinist tactic.

Forced segregation and forced desegregation (read Barry Goldwater’s reasons for voting against the 1964 C.R. Act and not the reasons from racists like Al Gore Sr. and Robert Byrd if you want to see why that bill was foolish) are both tactics the Left uses to justify control over the economy (never mind that the two stances are inconsistent, a controlled economy and criminal antics are all the Left cares about). The Left supports illegal immigration because they hate the notion of “law and order”; since “law and order” assumes a moral authority and punishes criminals, they are by necessity against it.


37 posted on 07/09/2014 9:46:48 AM PDT by Objective Scrutator (All liberals are criminals, and all criminals are liberals)
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To: MinuteGal

LOL


38 posted on 07/09/2014 10:54:27 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The n-word serves no descriptive purpose. It does not speak to a factual truth about its object. The n-word is plainly and only derogatory.”

That statement is patently false. I guess we’re not allowed to discuss why it is false, so I’ll let it go at that.

“Anti-Immigration Reform”.

Now, that phrase is a lie. It isn’t “Immigration Reform”. It is “Open Borders”.

George Orwell, please pick up the red courtesy phone.


39 posted on 07/09/2014 2:11:06 PM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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