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I-Word Watch

With I-Word Watch we bring you analysis on good and bad immigration coverage and use of the iword from the point of view of our team and the Drop the I-Word Community. To send us suggestions or alerts please email droptheiword@colorlines.com or shoot us a tweet to @droptheiword.

Youth Drum Up Support for Dropping the I-Word in Charlotte, NC

Youth Drum Up Support for Dropping the I-Word in Charlotte, NC

by Mónica Novoa on May 5 2011, 12:18PM

The students rallied more than 1,200 people to sign pledge cards to drop the i-word in just a matter of hours.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Apple Rejects 'Smuggle Truck' Game About Immigrant Deaths

Apple Rejects ‘Smuggle Truck’ Game About Immigrant Deaths

by Channing Kennedy on April 28 2011, 5:27PM

Back in January, we reported on the game Smuggle Truck, a game by Boston-based developers Owlchemy Labs. In Smuggle Truck, the player races an old pickup truck through a desert, attempting to cross the border without letting too many immigrants…

Topics: Immigration

Edhelper Removes Racist Homework Assignment

Edhelper Removes Racist Homework Assignment

by Mónica Novoa on March 30 2011, 5:38PM

Thanks to all of our readers who took action.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Georgia 3rd Graders Asked What U.S. Does to 'Illegal Aliens'

Georgia 3rd Graders Asked What U.S. Does to ‘Illegal Aliens’

by Mónica Novoa on March 25 2011, 2:18PM

Parents are outraged over the homework assignment. Here’s what you can do.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Virgil Peck's Idea To Hunt Immigrants Like Hogs Began With the I-Word

Virgil Peck’s Idea To Hunt Immigrants Like Hogs Began With the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on March 22 2011, 12:35PM

When criminalizing slurs are the norm, there’s no limit for acceptable discourse—or policy.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Immigration

Chicago Hospital Deports Quadriplegic Man, Hate Speech Cheers

Chicago Hospital Deports Quadriplegic Man, Hate Speech Cheers

by Mónica Novoa on February 14 2011, 1:02PM

Quelino Ojeda Jimenez’s story reveals the relationship between dehumanizing language and institutional brutality.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

We Won't Be Cowed by Glenn Beck's Personal Attacks

We Won’t Be Cowed by Glenn Beck’s Personal Attacks

by Mónica Novoa on February 2 2011, 3:17PM

From Fances Fox Piven to Colorlines’ alum Daisy Hernandez, Beck’s attacks are meant to scare us into silence.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Glenn Beck

Smuggle Truck, the iPad Game that Trivializes Border-Crossing

Smuggle Truck, the iPad Game that Trivializes Border-Crossing

by Channing Kennedy on January 25 2011, 12:05PM

Video games have power, and this uses it in all the wrong ways.

Topics: Media

Study: I-Word's Usage Has Skyrocketed Alongside Policy Debate

Study: I-Word’s Usage Has Skyrocketed Alongside Policy Debate

by Mónica Novoa on January 24 2011, 12:17PM

Newsline graphs the use of dehumanizing slurs to refer to immigrants over the past 30 years.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Fox News Can't Decide Whether to Love or Hate Latinos

Fox News Can’t Decide Whether to Love or Hate Latinos

by Jorge Rivas on January 21 2011, 3:57PM

The big lesson? You can’t have it both ways.

Topics: Media

FOX News and Society of Professional Journalists Take on the I-Word

FOX News and Society of Professional Journalists Take on the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on January 7 2011, 4:14PM

A journalist tries to lead smart conversation about demeaning language, and right wing pundits freak out.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Fox News: 'Penélope Cruz is Having an Anchor Baby'

Fox News: ‘Penélope Cruz is Having an Anchor Baby’

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2010, 11:36AM

Leave it to the network to insult Latinos on what’s supposed to be their own turf.

Topics: Immigration, Media

I-Word Triggers Boycott Campaign Against Fresno Bee Newspaper

I-Word Triggers Boycott Campaign Against Fresno Bee Newspaper

by Jorge Rivas on November 24 2010, 9:18AM

Immigrant community advocates take the Frenso Bee to task for its language.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Sharron Angle Says Fear

Sharron Angle Says Fear “The Wave” (Yes, She Means Brown People)

by Julianne Hing on October 27 2010, 5:44PM

Things just keep getting uglier in Nevada.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

by Brentin Mock on June 9 2010, 12:00PM

A sheriff has set up checkpoints and called federal agents to BP’s cleanup sites because he says “illegal aliens” are building “criminal enterprises”—just like they did after Katrina.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration

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