Progressive commentator Sally Kohn took aim at a word she deemed derogatory and dehumanizing in a CNN column published on July 4.
She compared the term to “n*****” and “f*****” and called for an end to its public usage.
The word: “illegal.”
Here’s how she opened her column:
During the civil rights era, Alabama Gov. George Wallace was asked by a supporter why he was fixated on the politics of race. Wallace replied, ‘You know, I tried to talk about good roads and good schools and all these things that have been part of my career, and nobody listened. And then I began talking about n*ggers, and they stomped the floor.’
In the 1980s, during the rise of the gay rights movement, North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms accused a political opponent for supporting ‘f*ggots, perverts [and] sexual deviates of this nation.’
Today, opponents of immigration reform attack undocumented immigrants as ‘illegal immigrants.’ Even worse, like anti-immigration extremists, some prominent elected officials use the term ‘illegals.’ Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, said, ‘I urge all Mainers to tell your city councilors and selectmen to stop handing out your money to illegals.’
Not the same thing? Of course it is.
She goes on to call for the elimination of the term “illegal” from public discourse, essentially arguing that social pressure should be employed to rid American parlance of the adjective.
Walter Hudson (PJ Media) explains what we are not going to do… and that is, dilute real evil, real meaning, to terms that are TRULY offensive:
“We’re not changing our language to suit your agenda. We’re not going to stop categorizing people objectively as illegal immigrants. We’re not going to dilute the gravity of truly derogatory terms by conflating them with one that is not.
Even the MMA guys/gals get it… but don’t hold your breath for the cultural Marxists to do anything else thean want to change and control language — to suit their purposes.
In TheIndependents Monday, Michael Skolnik, political director of Russell Simmons (you read that right), attempted to defend Obama’s abuse of executive orders by blaming racist obstructionism in Congress. When Skolnik cited as proof the claim by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) that Tea Partiers hurled racial slurs at him and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)—a claim Andrew Breitbart famously disproved—Kennedy et al called him out on the “unfounded” and “dangerous” accusation.
After trying to blame Bush for setting the precedent for Obama’s abuse of executive power, Skolnik reverted to the race card. The self-described “civil rights leader” argued that Obama is being forced to resort to executive orders because, unlike Reagan and other presidents before him, “he is black.”
Skolnik: There are people in Congress who do not want to work with him because he is black.
When asked for proof, Skolnik turned to the long-discredited Reps. Lewis and Carson racial slur accusation.
Kennedy immediately called foul, referencing Breitbart’s $100,000 challenge for video evidence of the alleged slurs:
Kennedy: We don’t believe John Lewis. We think he is lying on that…. Did you see Hating Breitbart? Did you see 75 people who had video going at that exact moment who didn’t hear anything. Stop saying that, stop saying that. That is unfounded, it’s dangerous, and how dare you?
After fellow host Kmele Foster underscored that the discredited race-baiting fabrication was the best Skolnik could do for evidence, Skolnik returned to his original talking point:
Skolnik: You do anything to protect the American people. If Congress is not going to work with you, you’ve got executive orders.
“Django Unchained” star Samuel L. Jackson took an unexpected approach to discussing the controversial new Quentin Tarantino film when he tried to get a Houston film critic, Jake Hamilton, to say the “n” word during an interview. See the rest of the interview here.