UCLA Student Government Resolution Bans ‘Racist’ Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’
If there was any doubt that the liberal left was growing in numbers in California, the recent actions of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Undergraduate Student Association would remove that doubt. In a unanimous resolution that would make Sen. Diane Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi proud, the UCLA student government called for the eradication of the phrase “illegal immigrant.” The reason for banning the term “illegal immigrant,” members say, is because “the phrase is a violation of human rights enshrined in the US Constitution.”
According to the Daily Caller:
Last week’s resolution emphasizes the student council’s desire to prevent journalists, media organizations and various campus partners from identifying illegal aliens as “illegal immigrants,” explains the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s campus rag.
The resolution flatly states that “illegal immigrant” is “racially derogatory language.” Such language “has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions including racial profiling practices, punitive policies targeting socially marginalized groups, hate crimes and violence,” the resolution claims.
“The racially derogatory I-word endangers basic human rights including the presumption of innocence and the right to due process guaranteed under the US Constitution,” the text also declares.
The resolution does not explain how a term describing people from other countries who don’t have the right consular paperwork is racist.
Let’s see here now. Someone who comes from another country into the US is said to immigrate to the US; therefore, the term immigrant would be applicable. An immigrant who does not follow the US immigration laws to enter this country in essence violates the law thereby entering the country illegally. The term “illegal immigrant” fits those individuals who are in the US under those circumstances. As the old saying goes, “if the shoe fits, wear it.” But, again, this is California, which might fast be destined to earn the title “Most Politically Correct State.”
Amazing also how “immigrant” and “illegal” has become a race. With the liberal politically correct left, everything is a race and something said against anything classified as a race is racist. So now the phrase “illegal immigrant” is known as “the racially derogatory I-word.” It seems the council shortened the identification of the phrase to “illegals.”
Now, one must wonder what prompted this censure of speech on the laid back LA scene of the University of California. As you may recall, the Department of Homeland Security’s infamous Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned her position at DHS and became the new University of California president. Needless to say, illegal immigrant students “expressed their concerns and fear with the recent appointment” of Napolitano. The student council resolution was in large part, a reaction on behalf of the illegal immigrant students.
If the immigrant students were in the country legally, they would have nothing to worry about.
Maybe the next terms students would like to classify as racist would be rapist, robber, burglar, murderer, Islam, Muslim, white, “cracka,” honky, elephant, ebony, ivory, salt, pepper, black and a partridge in a pear tree. One has to wonder when a preference for hair color occurs among students if it will be considered “racist” because you prefer blonde hair over red hair. What can you expect in a state where “environment” is a race?
Omar Arce, Community Service Commissioner, was a prominent vocal councilmember in support of the UC student association resolution. According to the Daily Bruin, “he said he thinks the resolution was necessary, and that any time a student feels unsafe on campus, it is a problem for USAC.”
“Calling someone illegal is calling them someone that does not deserve to exist,” Arce said. “Words have power. Words have the opportunity to define people and create context.”
So, calling someone illegal is calling them someone that does not deserve to exist. One has to wonder where in the world he came up with that idea. I guess calling someone a “razorback” would be the equivalent of calling someone a pig. Maybe they should look at the name of their own publication, The Daily Bruin. Bruin actually means brown bear (from the Dutch word bruin, meaning brown). There might be someone somewhere on that campus that might find that derogatory when being called a “bruin.” Or, better yet, the name of their publication actually means, “The Daily Brown.” How many could find that derogatory when using a little bathroom humor equation? It might be that what they publish could be considered “the daily brown.” The opinion of the few now rules the actions of the many regardless of the absurdity. Funny, there was no mention of the penalty for violating the ban nor who was going to enforce it.
Apparently, no one stopped to consider that the reason the illegal immigrant students feel “unsafe on campus” is because they are breaking US federal law and are fearful of getting caught. Their “fear” has nothing to do with the potential for hate crimes, violence or racial profiling practice. They seek to avoid being identified and reported by the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security who now serves as the university president.
In the words of Arce himself, “Words have power. Words have the opportunity to define people and create context.”
Maybe these liberal leftist student council members should remember this the next time any of these phrases surface: “Christian extremist,” “white oppression,” “domestic terrorist,” “Second Amendment supporters,” “staunch conservative,” or “tea party member” – to name a few.
UCLA students who have been labeled with any of the above cited phrases because of their political views, social standing or religious beliefs have more valid reason to be fearful on campus of hate crimes and violence than those breaking federal laws.