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Posted: 9/4/2005 5:55:40 AM EDT
Why not call them refugees. They have no homes, no jobs and in many cases, no city. They are seeking refuge. Are we so politically correct about it that we can't refer to people seeking refuge as refugees.

Someone please explain this to me
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 5:59:28 AM EDT
Some peoples pride wont let them admit they are refugees.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:01:00 AM EDT
BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE HAVE no idea what the word means
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:03:25 AM EDT
guess they want to be displace people instead. a refugee is a person in another country in there own mind .
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:05:59 AM EDT
"refugee" has a meaning, and they are not refugees.

But if being called refugees is their biggest problem right now, then things are going real well for them.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:07:17 AM EDT
nothing
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:08:30 AM EDT
Cracks me up how the media is doing it.

I saw one broadcast, the news reader was saying "Many of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina take exception to the term 'refugee', they claim that it makes them seem less American."

<slight pause>

"Many refugees are... "

Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:08:57 AM EDT
Main Entry: ref·u·gee
Pronunciation: "re-fyu-'jE, 're-fyu-"
Function: noun
Etymology: French réfugié, past participle of (se) réfugier to take refuge, from Latin refugium
: one that flees; especially : a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution
- ref·u·gee·ism /-"i-z&m/ noun


Refugee is probably the most accurate discriptor for the situation. Just not politicaly correct any more to call a spade a spade. So we use the "V" word, and call them disaster victims because we all know what happened to them is not at all there own fault.

Here in Houston we are calling them Our Undocumented Tourists.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:12:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Jacketch:
Why not call them refugees. They have no homes, no jobs and in many cases, no city. They are seeking refuge. Are we so politically correct about it that we can't refer to people seeking refuge as refugees.

Someone please explain this to me




Nail on the head

Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:14:10 AM EDT
I am definitley not perfect when it comes to word usage, but I think evacuee would probably fit better than refugee. But is evacuee an actual word anyway? I always understood refugee was fleeing their country because of persecution or because of a war which none of the New Orleans citizens are.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:24:13 AM EDT
From our friends at DU:

blondeatlast (1000+ posts) Sun Sep-04-05 10:13 AM
Response to Reply #2
5. It's the connotation for me. Mind that I'm a bit nit-picky about language
My connotation (the meaning I PERSONALLY ascribe to the word) is an "other," for instance, I see it as undermining our view of the victims/refugees/etc. as being fellow American citizens, that's why my back goes up when I hear Chertoff use it.

Now that I've gone back and read an official definition of the word, I think refugee fits in nicely. I do see the people in the Southeast as victims of political oppression, as much as my heart aches to believe it.
I just want to get others' thoughts on the use of the two terms. Now that I've looked more carefully, I see they can easily be used interchangeably.


Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:29:48 AM EDT
From my Websters Dictionary:

Refugee: A person who flees to find safety.

So, I have no problem with using the word based on this definition. Call me insensitive, but I am not degrading anybody by calling them a refugee. I am simply using a word that the common english language has given us to communicate with.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:31:43 AM EDT
Ummm, what political oppression??? Unless of course you mean the hurricane created by President Bush
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:36:18 AM EDT
Don't be niggardly when using the term refugee to describe the people displaced by hurricane Katrina.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:46:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KA3B:
Don't be niggardly when using the term refugee to describe the people displaced by hurricane Katrina.



What he said!
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 8:17:43 AM EDT
ibtl
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 8:35:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2005 8:37:00 AM EDT by JHMC79]
nig·gard·ly ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ngrd-l)
adj.
1: Grudging and petty in giving or spending.
2: Meanly small; scanty or meager: left the waiter a niggardly tip.

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niggard·li·ness n.
niggard·ly adv.



ETA: Provided before some asshole gets their panties in a wad.
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