The Society of Professional Journalists, hearing an emotional plea from Rebecca Aguilar, a member of SPJ and of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, voted Tuesday to recommend that newsrooms discontinue using the terms "illegal alien" and "illegal immigrant." The resolution from the 7,800-member organization says only courts can decide when a person has committed an illegal act.
Aguilar argued that using those words insulted Latinos and all those who are or had once been in the United States illegally. She used the example of her mother, who became a "proud American" in 1980. Her mother felt insulted "every time she heard that word," Aguilar said of the phrase "illegal alien."
Get it? The terms would be insulting to ... people who ARE in the United States illegally! Saying precisely what these people are ... is insulting! One can only imagine what other sorts of manipulative lingo will be thought up by these politically correct peons. We won't be able to use "convicted felon" because a person has already served his time? Or is insulting to him? What should we call him -- a "formerly incarcerated bad choice maker"?Posted by Hube at October 1, 2011 09:45 AM | TrackBack