A Triptych on Changing Language, Changing Minds

Thursday, December 31, 2015 Comment Racist comment handwritten on newspaper

Reading the Comments “Go home you stupid illegal.” I heard it a lot in 2014. As part of a larger effort protesting the racist name of a local eatery, I was struck by how angry the responses were. Voicing concern for both myself and for society about what language does meant that commenters often assumed I was concerned about the racist name of a restaurant because of my own legal status in the country. (And to lay any readers’ thoughts to rest: I grew up multiracial in southern California, I’m half white, and the closest thing