“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.”
I’ve used “refugees,” “homeless,” “evacuees,” and probably other words to describe those who were forced to leave New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, and I’m happy to stop using the word “refugee” if it bothers people. But a hate crime? Please. This disaster is bad enough already without making it worse via thoughtless, incendiary rhetoric. Watson should think twice before spouting nonsense like this.