September 2, 2005

Victims or Refugees

I recently wrote a piece over at Cyber::Ecology on the subject of media coverage of Hurricane Katrina. I came to some interesting conclusions about how the national news media is portraying the victims of this tragedy as refugees. This term is used over and over again and it is disturbing and needs to stop.

Take the first step to supporting and love your country and its fellow American citizens who are in crisis right now by reading my piece on the victims of Hurricane Katerina, not the "refugees" from this tragedy. Before you dismiss it as mere symantics read the post and judge for yourself.



  1. Tenn, excellent article. As usual, your compassion matched only by your eloquence. I'll have to pass this on!

  2. I enjoyed reading your article, and have been wondering how Americans were feeling/responding to those left homeless by the hurricane. As a Canadian, and as a person who has worked for a number of years with victims of violence... and more recently with refugees, I think of the terms "refugee" and "victim" both have positive and negative stereotypes... I realize there are political/legal definitions for the word refugee that the UN has created... in the end I don't think it matters that much what we call these people... what does matter is that both Americans and caring people from other countries take action and help them...