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Tuesday, September 6, 2005

The Language of the Poor

Posted by on September 6 at 18:43 PM

Is Bush the only one left unable to speak of hurricane victims in a way that acknowledges class disparity? Today he spoke of the newly homeless in New Orleans by saying they’re “not refugees, they’re Americans.” And what, exactly, does that mean? That they’re all on level ground as residents of one country? What is the economic level of that country in Bush’s mind, compared to the economic level of a “refugee”?