"Refugee" on the Run


The word, that is.

[C]oncerns have prompted many news outlets to reevaluate their use of the word.

The Washington Post stopped using the term over the weekend, saying its use did not "fit the definition." The Boston Globe also banned it. The Los Angeles Times is taking steps to make sure it is used judiciously. The New York Times and Associated Press said they would use it on a case-by-case basis.

L.A. Times story here. My favorite spasm of incoherence comes from the woman who, to my deep regret, represents me in Congress:

"These are American citizens, plus they are the sons and daughters of slaves," said Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles). "Calling them refugees coming from a foreign country does not apply to their status. This shows disdain for them. I'm almost calling this a hate crime."

By whatever name, Katrina's refugees need help; here's a really long list of Flood Aid charities.