American Heritage Dictionary recently amended its definition of the term “anchor baby” to describe it as being “offensive” and “derogatory”:
Steven Kleinedler, executive director of the American Heritage Dictionary, took note when Immigration Policy Center criticized its definition of “anchor baby.”
Kleinedler says American heritage will tweak the definition of the phrase for the third printing of the dictionary’s Fifth Edition by noting that it is an offensive and derogatory term. He acknowledges that it “should have been done in the first place.”
Perhaps they should also change the name of their book to “Mexican Heritage Dictionary” while they’re at it. I have already pointed out that it makes little sense to stigmatize a term as “offensive” if there is no acceptable alternative. It is the same here. The word “cracker” is offensive to some people – and “white” is the acceptable alternative. “Nigger” is offensive to others – and “black” is the acceptable alternative. When the Left wants us to ignore a phenomenon, it offers no acceptable term to describe it. How does one say “mulatto” in Leftese? “Mixed race” is not the same thing. What is the acceptable term for “welfare mom/queen”? Similarly, without going into an actual description, how are we supposed to say “anchor baby”? They do not expect us to say “a baby that was born in the U.S. for the purpose of establishing…” each time. No, they expect us to ignore it altogether.
A commenter (Restitutiontouscitizensfirst) on the above-cited blog makes this point very well:
Sorry but not all “Americans” find the term offensive in the least. If you need to label this as “offensive” perhaps you need to label exactly which people find the term “offensive.” Then you need to change the title of your book because it is no longer accurate. I was taught not to criticize unless I can offer positive solutions – where is the alternate “acceptable term being presented? So when the feminists pointed out that labeling a woman’s availability with the titles Mrs. or Miss was offensive and really nobody’s business they proposed a new title, Ms., which allows the woman to conduct her business without the entanglements created by the other labels. I expect no less from the complainers about the term “anchor baby.”