Friday, December 22, 2006

Immigrants Aren't People, Says the Washington Post

Headlines certainly have limitations in their ability to fully explain a complex story, but both the headline and story on the Dec. 22 front page were highly offensive.

The headline was:
"Area Population Losses Offset by Immigrants"

At least this head did reflect the reporter's writing. Both the head and the story
suggested that immigrants are something other than people. The story actually tells us that the influx of immigrants "saved the three jurisdictions from what might otherwise have been a precipitous population decline."

What decline? If the writer meant white people and their culture are leaving for the outer suburbs or other states, then tell us that. But to distinguish between "immigrants" and "population" is a terrible slur.

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