I speak in favor of this motion.
My eldest son played Abraham Lincoln in the school program this week, dressed up in full costume, hat and all, and his line was Lincoln saying that the thing he was most certain of in his life was signing the emancipation proclamation.The interesting thing is that Zane is originally from Colombia, and a citizen of this country through adoption. The most important things in our possession are his citizenship papers. He is privileged to be an American Citizen because his father and I come from people who immigrated here over a century ago and we chose to adopt him.
I am reminded of my privilege as an American citizen when I look at him.
And I tell him, and his younger brother, pretty regularly, that the words we use to talk about people matter. And that is what we are talking about -- language, and the perceptions that come because of the words we use to describe people. We are people of privilege, called to speak with care about our neighbors. Using the word "undocumented" instead of "illegal" or "illegals" is pretty simple, and pretty powerful.
So I'm going to sign the petition at GCORR's site. And then think about how we can talk about this in my congregation. And I'm going to change my language.