Sticks and Stones
When we first read and heard the media referring to the people fleeing the ravages of Hurricane Katrina as refugees, we thought it an odd term to apply to the people of the Gulf Coast. But we’re used to the media slapping labels on people and wrote it off as just the usual suspects (CNN, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, AP, The New York Times, etc) trying to be dramatic.
Jesse Jackson has said: "It is racist to call American citizens refugees." As far as we can tell the term refugee is being applied to all evacuated survivors of Katrina and not to those of one particular race. Why Jesse Jackson and company have decided to proclaim the term refugee as racist we will leave to others to determine. However, if the term annoys people, we have no idea why some media outlets persist with using the term. That’s our entire opinion on the subject if anyone’s interested.
So what gives with the New Jersey Goddess?
So, you people who are whipping out your dictionaries to set Jackson straight on the meaning of the word "refugee," knock it off. Go back to school for a few courses in linguistics, semantics, and psychology. Talk to a sociologist before you write your next piece on this type of subject.Yes, even the conservatives over here at Enlighten-NewJersey were able to get this one. It’s okay to label, stereotype, judge others before you know the facts or hear what they have to say and treat others condescendingly if you’re a New Jersey Goddess.
Keep in mind that many New Orleans residents who are no longer in the city need training and jobs. Many were already on government assistance and so carry the stigma of being "on welfare" in the eyes of some narrow-minded Americans. Why give the displaced a name that people associate with noncitizens of the United States? Won't we have enough to deal with considering the racial tension?
Even the conservative supporters of Enlighten New Jersey should be able to get this one and understand that what you call people is not a frivolous discussion.
The solution is to educate people not to stereotype, but as a nation, we can choose right now not to label a group of people with a name that's destined to be problematic.