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  •  OK, enough.... (4.00)
    Don't get me wrong, I'm not in any way diminshing the suffering of these poor souls.

    But I'm not sure why the Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson, etc. have serious problems with the term refugee. I don't think most people think refugee means "not from this country" which seems to be their argument. I think this is a case of over-scrutinizing every detail in search of racism. Now, clearly, racism & "classism" is one of the underlying reasons these people were not helped immediately. But to chide the media, who has really been steadfastly furthering their cause, for using a term as if it was some sort of racially loaded term is, in my view, a lot of wasted effort.

    Refugee: One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution.

    •  I think the rub is (4.00)
      people associate the word refugees with foreigners. People who came here for political and finacial reasons, but they don't belong to "us". These are not foreigners, they are Americans.

      John Roberts- You can't book a judge by his cover.

      by digital drano on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 07:53:23 AM PDT

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    •  I agree (4.00)
      The plain meaning of the word is "someone taking refuge".  It didn't occur to me to think otherwise until the objections started bubbling to the surface.

      Jesse Jackson saying "racist" gives these rednecks in my office a target regardless of whether his complaint has merit.  If I didn't know better, I'd think he was a Karl Rove plant --"Look!  Shiny!"  My coworkers were angry and frustrated and empathetic, then along comes this near-trivial language quibble that brings them straight back around to "no matter what we do, those people will always call us racists."

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