Whenever I see the term ‘politically incorrect’, I read it as liberals trying to change our opinions on something they don’t agree with. It also makes me want to use the politically incorrect term even more for that very reason.
In many cases, politically incorrect also means that someone is overly offended by a word or term for often no other reason except to draw attention to themselves or to a cause. For instance, over twenty years ago, a realtor friend of mine told me that she had just had to take a class on politically incorrect terms that they were no longer allowed to be used in the real estate business. She said they were no longer allowed to refer to the largest bedroom as the ‘master bedroom’ because it denotes slavery. They were no longer allowed to refer to a piece of land has having a ‘scenic view’ because it could offend blind people. They also were no longer allowed to use the term ‘quiet neighborhood’ because it could refer to a senior citizen community. She had an entire page of terms that they were no longer allowed to use.
It seems another well used term is being added to the list of politically incorrect terms by the Associated Press. On Tuesday, AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll posted a blog entry saying:
“The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”
Perhaps part of their reasoning lies with a Fox News Latino survey taken last year that indicated nearly half of Latinos find the term offensive. Additionally, a coalition of linguistic experts agreed that the term ‘illegal immigrant’ is ‘neither neutral nor accurate.’ ABC, NBC and CNN have since vowed to stop using the term in their news broadcasts and online.
Who says everything has to be neutral? One of the problems in our culture today is that everything has to be neutral for fear of offending someone. Students in public schools can’t be failed because it will hurt their feelings and offend them. They can’t wear anything patriotic because it might offend another student. They can’t mention God, the Bible or Jesus Christ in school because it might offend someone.
People, enough is enough! Not everything in life is fair and neutral and it never has been.
If someone tries to move to this country they are an immigrant, right? If they do so illegally, they are an illegal immigrant, right? So what’s the problem? Is it any different than referring to someone as a convicted felon or drunken driver?
On Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was asked to drop the ‘I-word’ referring to illegal immigrant. McCain responded:
“Someone who crosses our borders illegally is here illegally.”
“You can call it whatever you want to, but it’s illegal. I think there’s a big difference between someone who does something that’s illegal and someone who’s undocumented. I’ll continue to call it illegal.”
I’ll continue to use the term ‘illegal immigrant’ and ‘illegal alien’ because I believe that is the most accurate description for them, regardless what the liberal linguists say. I don’t see anyone complaining or calling for the end of using the term ‘legal immigrant,’ have you? If it’s okay to refer to someone as a legal immigrant, then it is also okay to refer to others as illegal immigrants.