Senator Durbin and the Corruption of the English Language

Some choice nonsense from Senator Durbin: Sen. Durbin on “chain migration”: “I said to the president, ‘Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains. When you speak about [it], it hurts them personally. And he said, ‘Oh, that’s a good line.'” — MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2018 This is not what “chain migration” means, and Durbin knows it. The term has been used for decades — by both sides — and never, ever to refer to chattel slavery. That the word “chain” can mean both “sequential” and “shackle” is neither here
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Author: Charles C. W. Cooke