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America is in the middle of a battle over the meaning of words like ‘diversity’

You might think that the culture war over race and immigration primarily transpires in dramatic events, like the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty to protest Trump’s child detention policy or the events in Charlottesville last summer.

  • Jennifer Mercieca
  • The Conversation

But it also exists in the banal and everyday ways that we communicate.

Flef 4dIt involves battles over the dominant meaning of words, and how we use those words to describe our values and construct our policies.

For example, on July 19, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged conservatives to engage in a rhetorical battle over what he called the “hijacking” of…

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