13 August 2005

Racism in "Some" American Dictionaries!! Synonyms of “ARAB”!!

Type the word “ARAB” in the search box of http://thesaurus.reference.com/ , click in thesaurus, and you get the following synonyms from Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.1.1) Copyright © 2005.

beggar, bum, bummer, castaway, dawdler, delinquent, drifter, floater, good-for-nothing, grifter, hobo, leper, loafer, lounger, ne'er-do-well, outcast, pariah, remittance man, renegade, scumbag, skid-row bum, slimeball, stiff, street arab, stumblebum, tramp, untouchable, vag, vagabond, vagrant, wastrel, prostitute, slut, stiff…

The list just goes on and on…

Check the Webster’s dictionary in its latest edition and you get almost the same results (Annahar) [also check my post on June 26th].
In addition to this, you also find biased, discriminating, politically wrong, you just name it, definition of Anti-Semitism which includes anti-Zionist (making some non-Zionist Jews anti-Semitic, believe it or not) and any supporter of those considered the “enemies” of the “State of Israel” also anti-Semitic (meaning that all Arabs and non-Arab supporters of the Palestinian cause are anti-Semitic too, go figure that out!)

It does not matter whether one is an Arab or not, this is an act of RACISM. It is inexcusable to say the least. The statement issued by the union of Arab lawyers denouncing these definitions is not enough(Annahar) . I also heard of French to English dictionaries doing the same.

What should we expect next? Collecting all Arabs (or those looking like Arabs, as in the incident of the shooting of the young Brazilian in London) and putting them in CONCENTRATION CAMPS? Consider them sub-humans and enslave them? Declare racial cleansing to rid the planet of this “disease”?!!!

I hope this has nothing to do with the "WAR ON TERRORISM"!!!


Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

This is outrageous but it's not the Merriam Webster's fautl. Some racist people use the word with this meaning and it's the job of the dictionnary to report all these meanings. I am sure they have an entry for the word 'nigger' as well.

Bashir said...

You are right, and it is our duty to point out these unacceptable usages and meanings and request that they be clarified in the dictionaries and qualified as wrongful stereotyping so that such definitions do not continue in the minds and actions of people leading to taking them for granted. Demanding Equality paves the way to Liberty.


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