Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | February 17, 2014

What a Difference a Word Makes

In the news this morning, there’s the story of an Ethiopian co-pilot “hijacking” his plane to Switzerland.

I’ll bet that if this had been, say, a Russian plane, perhaps at the height of the cold war, and a white pilot, given exactly the same circumstances (asylum requested, no gun), the media reporting the event would have used the word “commandeered” instead of “hijacked”. But since it was a black man from Africa (albeit from a country with a history of violence in the air) the more emotion-laden term was used.

Sounds racist to me.



  1. Agreed.

  2. Heck, if it had been a Soviet pilot during the Cold War, he would have “liberated” the plane.

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