Monday, August 22, 2005


The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and I agree.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- An online thesaurus struck a listing Monday for the word "Arab" after Arab-American groups complained the entry listed derogatory synonyms.
Now, had this been initiated by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), I would have dismissed it at the headline as yet another whiney, sniveling anti-American page in their normal agenda.

But it wasn't, so I read on, and discovered this:
The entry, which appeared on thesaurus.com, listed the word as a noun meaning "beggar," and gave 16 pejorative synonyms including "homeless person" and "welfare bum."
Yeah, that ain't right. Thesaraus.com removed all of the derogatory references. Good for them.

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