While searching for images of midgets, I glanced at a Q & A thing about which word is correct to use for Little People. Someone complained that the very question implied an “othering” of the group under discussion. Uh-oh!
Today, in an essay about the obvious racism behind the right-wing attacks on health care reform, I read that:
“This noise is about race. It is about “othering” a President who is seen as a symbol of white dispossession: dispossession of white hegemony, white entitlement, white expectation, and white power, unquestioned and unchallenged from the darker skinned other.”
Yeah, baby! I couldn’t agree more. But “othering” is going to be hard to beat for the title of most awful new buzzword. Ugh!
Who would like to nominate another linguistic crime or misdemeanor?