Berkeley student govt bans use of term “illegal immigrant”
posted at 1:31 pm on November 9, 2013 by Jazz Shaw
Did I really even need to say this was happening at Berkeley?
The University of California–Berkeley student government unanimously passed a resolution banning the term “illegal immigrant” from the body’s official discourse. The resolution is the second such measure to be passed since former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano took over as president of the UC system.
The Berkeley student government showed its support for the “drop the I-word” campaign, deeming the term “racially charged,” according to the College Fix. “The ‘I’ word is legally inaccurate since being out of status is a civil rather than criminal infraction,” the resolution reads…
The resolution offers alternative terms in place of the rejected term so as to not “dehumanize people,” such as “undocumented,” “immigrants without papers,” “foreign nationals,” or “immigrants seeking status.”
Ah, yes… America’s public university system. Always a hotbed of free speech and open discourse. Unless, of course, you want to talk about something which the Old Guard has determined to be “bad” for the social justice movement, in which case you will be censored. There was a time when this would have been viewed as truly ironic, since colleges were (in long bygone days) famous for breaking molds and expanding the language, often in ways which traditional value types found offensive. But having apparently won the battle, the time to circle the wagons and cement things into the new vision has arrived. So if we don’t like the way you refer to a particular phenomenon or segment of society, we’ll simply ban you from saying it.
And with that, when it comes to people who immigrate illegally, we’ll simply stop you from using the term “illegal immigrant.” It’s a breathtaking, bold move, you must admit.