‘Anchor Baby’ and ‘Illegal’ Are Not Insults

The Boston Globe is reporting that two brothers from South Boston who beat up a Hispanic man who was homeless claimed that they were partly inspired to the crime by Donald Trump. Trump has stirred up a lot of passion on the right by his inflammatory language and willingness to push the envelope in his comments about illegal immigration. His remarks about Mexicans coming into the country being rapists and drug dealers were both offensive and inaccurate. But blaming Trump for this crime is more than a bit unfair. As much as I disagree with him, he hasn’t called for violence. The two alleged assailants have criminal records and were, according to the Globe, on their way home from a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. It’s likely that Trump had a lot less to do with their actions than the alcoholic beverages they may have consumed and their own violent inclinations. But the incident does remind us that while concerns about illegal immigration are both serious and legitimate, we also have a long tradition of xenophobia and nativism in this country. That’s why the Boston incident and the growing discussion about the use of the terms “illegal immigrant” and “anchor babies” illustrate the perils of the immigration debate. Blurring the line between defending the rule of law and promoting hate is a dangerous business. But neither should we confuse sterile political correctness for a genuine concern for civility.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’ll weigh crimes committed by American citizens against illegals vs. Illegals committing crimes against the rest of us, and my side will look more favorable.
    I couldn’t care any less even IF these two clowns were motivated by a Trump speech, because there are wackos everywhere.
    They are not representative of your average Trump voter and those making the biggest stink of this unfortunate event need to take their own advice and not be so bigoted against conservatives.
    Personally, I think this whole story smells, and I would be surprised if this whole event wasn’t somehow fabricated after the fact, or greatly embellished.

    • Immigrant rights group consider the term “anchor babies” offensive.

      Too bad. I consider “immigrant rights groups” offensive. And “anchor babies” is a legitimate issue of discussion. So please stop the PC censoring.

      The “immigrant rights groups” are responsible for the “sanctuary city” scam that has metastasized around the country. “Immigrant rights groups” can show us their papers or leave.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Control the language, control the thoughts.

  • Tom Forsythe

    While not as common as calling me a racist or a sexist, I am often accused of arguing “semantics.” SJW’s will use insane, inflammatory rhetoric, and then, when I point out that their words in no way represent the actual situation, they pull the “semantics” card.

    Words matter, They have actual meanings. If a soldier kills another soldier in combat, it isn’t “murder” or “terrorism.” It isn’t just a case of “semantics,” it is a lie to say he “murdered” anyone, or that he is a “terrorist.” They strip the situation of its moral context. They want to use words like “undocumented” or “sex trade worker” because they are devoid of any sense of right and wrong.

    But, when talking about their opponents, the use terms pregnant with moral indignation.

    The left wants to be able to control the words we use to describe reality so that they can change everyone’s perceptions of it.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Crimes committed by US citizens could be even worst,all the illegal invasions made killed civilians had claimed entire families.

    • David

      You are an insufferable jackass.

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        Does the truth hurts ? Take it or leave it crackead.

  • BillyHW

    The proper term is illegal alien. Invader works too.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Blood sucking leaches works too!

  • pdxnag

    Is there also a mean term to label a home owner who dares to repel a bugler? What rhymes with xenophobia or nativism? (Tu Casa Es Mi Casa, or else.)