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UC Berkeley Bans Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’

November 9th, 2013 - 2:18 pm

And thus, the Newspeak Dictionary shrinks ever-smaller:

The UC Berkeley student government has banned the term “illegal immigrant” from its discourse, deeming the phrase racist, offensive, unfair and derogatory.

In an unanimous vote, student senators passed a resolution that stated the word “illegal” is “racially charged,” “dehumanizes” people, and contributes to “punitive and discriminatory actions aimed primarily at immigrants and communities of color.”

The “resolution in support of drop the I-word campaign” was approved 18 to 0 with one abstention on Oct. 30, according to a copy of the meeting’s minutes obtained by The College Fix.

Its approval marks at least the second time this semester that a public university’s student government has voted to eradicate the phrase. UCLA passed a nearly identical measure in late August.

There are an estimated 900 students in the country illegally who are currently enrolled in the 10-campus, University of California system, according to UC officials. These students live in “fear” because former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano is now president of the UC system, according to the resolution, which aims to “create a safe campus environment for all students.”

“The ‘I’ word is legally inaccurate since being out of status is a civil rather than criminal infraction,” states the resolution, which notes some journalists have stopped using the term.

“No human being is illegal,” the resolution continues. “ ‘Foreign nationals,’ ‘undocumented immigrants,’ ‘immigrants without papers’ and ‘immigrants seeking status’ are examples of terms we can use that do not dehumanize people.”

The resolution also calls for administrators and faculty to attend an “UndocuAlly training workshop.”

PJ Media was able to smuggle a camera in to record one of the discussions at UC Berkeley, just before the vote was held. Here is our exclusive clandestinely videotaped footage:

And finally, just for fun, here’s Phil Collins and the boys from Airstrip One committing thoughtcrime, in the form of a song that was recorded a year before the titular date of Orwell’s novel:

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This is the doing of Nappy?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
What is really desperately needed is money.

What is needed is a coalition of wealth that is in place and can be applied to not only legal fees, but financial cover enough..... so that students and others can have cover to start pushing back against this nonsense!!!

Are you really going to tell me that, if I use this word in a paper or discussion on-campus, that the university really has the right to sanction me for it? I presume if you use something universally acknowledged as "fighting words", like the dreaded N or C words, they can. But "illegal" is a standard dictionary world, and illegal alien or immigrant has been in use in many a legal and other official documents for ages. Surely the vaunted and might UC Berkley student council has no right to arbitrarily mandate this. Why not ban the word "shrubbery" as well, just for fun? And make it stick with sanctions? Would that be equally kosher?

I grow convinced that "political correctness" might, might be an easier beat than we realize. Like the puffed-up balloon that it is, it might deflate big-time if we all just flat-out refuse to play along. But that needs to start with some courageous students (since universities are the alien egg-hatchery to PC) to know they have financial and professional cover to wield the pins. Surely such a case as this could not stand up in court. If it did, then use the same financial cover to have a Christian school ban the word "Muslim", just for kicks - not out of malice toward Muslims, but to make Alinsky proud and force this nonsense into court, again and again and again.

If I had the cash, I'd damn sure do it.
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