Until recently, I had been extremely unfamiliar with death.
The last death in my immediate family happened 18 years ago when my great grandfather died.
I used to live in fear of getting a phone call where I am informed that a loved one died. It was a phobia more than anything. I had no idea how I could cope with someone that I love no longer being physically present.
I want to play a drinking game where I take a drink every time I hear the world “alien” but I can’t because it is only 10:00am on a Monday and I am in a federal building
This topic isn’t really about me. Yet it is.
I am sitting on the 14th floor of a courthouse for reasons that go beyond the scope of this post and reasons that are not really the focus of this piece.
I hear a well-known federal judge, “Alien this aliens that. Alien-Alien-Alien-Alien!”
I cringe at the thought that this educated and trained man chooses to employ such unacademic language. But is it really ignorance? Is it just the way the law is worded and there is no point to updating the jargon? My initial (and lazy) reaction when somebody, formally educated or not uses “illegal” and/or “alien” to refer to a human being who is an undocumented immigrant in the United States is to say, “They’re ignorant. Don’t mind them, they don’t know shit.”