The New Orleans diaspora

Jesse Jackson objects to calling the people who have left New Orleans “refugees.” I don’t see the disgrace in it, considering that this country was built in great measaure by refugees and that refugees are people who had to flee something awful — political or natural — through no choice or fault of their own. But fine. I call them survivors.

: LATER: Steve Safran at LostRemote gives a reasoned case for why it is ok to use the word “refugee.”

: LATER STILL: Steve Baker, too, doesn’t understand the objection.