Notwithstanding Diamond's definitions found on-line (whatever that really means), this is hype and nothing more. The only reason "refugees" is being construed as racist is because of so much civil unrest in Africa over the years and the use of the word refugee in that context. We're not used to seeing that stuff here in the US. Nothing more. But consider Serbia and Croatia, Armenia, Hungary, Poland, Central America, etc. Also, most peopl do seek refuge in another country. (I just heard Charlie Rose use the term refugee, BTW, just before I typed this. Wouldn't consider him to be racist.)
Point is the people from NOLA and the surrounding areas are seeking refuge (white and black, for God's sake), and they are evacuating. Either term or both works, and I see no racism; inherent, purposeful or otherwise in either term.
Diamond, I see your point, but I still contend that they seek refuge, so it's an appropriate term. International law and Merriam-Webster http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=refugee
be damned. I stick by my definitions. Sometimes it's better to use a word they way it ought to be defined, not the way society has bastardized it. http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionar...ook=Dictionary&va=refuge&x=15&y=24
[Edited 2005-09-07 05:11:13]
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