Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Terms that Drive Me Nuts (Part 3) - Undocumented Immigrants

In a more recent effort of cultural pandering, Americans are no longer permitted to use the term “Illegal Alien” without being accused of insensitivity. Instead, we must use the term “Undocumented Immigrant.” Puke! I saw a sign recently that read “calling an ‘Illegal Alien’ an ‘Undocumented Immigrant’ is like calling a ‘Drug Dealer’ an ‘Unlicensed Pharmacist.’” Homerun!

What is so offensive about the term “Illegal Alien” anyway? Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “Illegal” as “Not according to or authorized by law.” Webster’s also defines “Alien” as “a person of another family, race, or nation: a foreign-born resident who has not been naturalized and is still a subject or citizen of a foreign country.” What on earth is so offensive about any of these words or definitions? Could it be because they are truthful and accurate? Who comes up with these pansy terms that are clearly intended to shroud the truth? In this case, I am willing to bet it was none other than an Illegal Alien! The earliest reference I can find to this pathetic display of cultural pandering goes back to March of 2006 when The National Association of Hispanic Journalists called on all Journalists to stop using this term. http://www.nahj.org/nahjnews/articles/2006/March/immigrationcoverage.shtml

Of course, the liberal media fell in line.

In keeping with this recent American tradition, I have decided that I no longer will tolerate being referred to as “overweight” or “obese.” That’s right. For now on, anyone meeting this description must be referred to as “Horizontally Challenged.” That’s it folks. The die has been cast. The use of any other term will be considered insensitive to my people (and there is a LOT of us).

Now go forth and pander.

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