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Misuse of language meant to manipulate

What is becoming the most overused, misguided buzzword in the English language today? It's “racist.” How does one even define racist? People in America today are being sent to “re-education camps” when they disagree with a position taken by progressives or the government. Is this the same thing? Because I know that same-sex “marriage” cannot procreate, here comes that word again – “racist.”

Researching how the Washington Redskins got their name, I found it was done to honor a coach who was a proud member of the Sioux nation. The team was named in 1932 – 80+ years ago. Then this new word “racist” pops up and what was once an honor signifying pride and strength for a community is now somehow demeaning. There is ample evidence that the term “Redskin” was first used by Native Americans.

We think with language. We reason, analyze and assess the facts to draw a conclusion on something. This is critical thinking. Since changing the thinking process is not as simple as just changing a law, it must be accomplished in another manner – gradually before we notice what has happened. So we must alter the language and change the meaning of words.

Our language is being so co-opted, changed, redefined and is so full of hyperbole that our heads are swimming trying to wrap our minds around the thoughts. It is intentional. Arm yourself against purposeful manipulation of both our speech and thought. Keep your dictionaries handy and make sure you use the language with the dignity, power and integrity it deserves.

JUDITH ROSS

Fort Wayne

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