FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2013
CONTACT Inez Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 718-0740
“We are very disappointed at The New York Times position to continue sanctioning the word “illegal,” a word that implies criminality and has become a racial slur. Language does evolve. In the past, we’ve seen words dropped by media outlets when they are harmful. One example is the success that the LGBT community had with the word “homosexual,” major media outlets heard the LGBT community and stopped using this word. Mr. Corbett states that media’s job is not to take sides, but in effect The New York Times is taking a side when it continues to use a word that has lost any descriptive meaning and is used by anti-immigrants to impugn immigrants.”
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