As journalists write about immigration policy, we need to take care not to slip into these loaded phrases. For decades, “chain migration” was known as “family-based migration system,” which allows members of families to sponsor relatives.
— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) January 5, 2018
It’s not “chain migration,” it’s “clan migration.”
Who is Jonathan Weisman?
in which decades was it known as family-based migration system, exactly? pic.twitter.com/wbQPux6UsE
— Banana Popcorn (@bananapopcorn) January 6, 2018
The phrase “family-based migration system” never once appeared in any book in Google’s Ngram system, which goes up through 2007.
(By the way, Ngram’s database cuts off in mid 2008, so don’t make 2008 the last date in your Ngram search request. Use 2007 and turn off smoothing to avoid the characteristic Ngram downturn at the end that puzzles so many users.)
This reminds me that it’s likely that much of Trump Derangement Syndrome would have been avoided if Establishment journalists like Weisman, author of the upcoming book (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in the Age of Trump, had stuck to their activities coordinating The Narrative via private email lists like Journolist rather than switching to public Twitter.
Doing this kind of thing in public on Twitter made it easy for average folks to call out pro-diversity journalists for their hypocrisy, which the journalists find not just annoying, but a potential threat to their jobs due to the extreme disparate impact by ethnicity seen in the media profession.
Here’s his book’s promotional text:
Bernard-Henri Lévy: “It would be wonderful if anti-Semitism was a European specialty and stopped at the border with the United States. Alas, this is not the case. Jonathan Weisman’s new book (((Semitism))) shows why…”
A short, literary, powerful contemplation on how Jews are viewed in America since the election of Donald J. Trump, and how we can move forward to fight anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism has always been present in American culture, but with the rise of the Alt Right and an uptick of threats to Jewish communities since Trump took office
Most of them coming from a Jewish guy in Israel, some of the rest coming from a leftist black journalist, but who can remember all the way back to 2017?
, New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman has produced a book that could not be more important or timely. When Weisman was attacked on Twitter by a wave of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites, witnessing tropes such as the Jew as a leftist anarchist; as a rapacious, Wall Street profiteer; and as a money-bags financier orchestrating war for Israel, he stopped to wonder: How has the Jewish experience changed, especially under a leader like Donald Trump?
In (((Semitism))), Weisman explores the disconnect between his own sense of Jewish identity and the expectations of his detractors and supporters. He delves into the rise of the Alt Right, their roots in older anti-Semitic organizations, the odd ancientness of their grievances―cloaked as they are in contemporary, techy hipsterism―and their aims―to spread hate in a palatable way through a political structure that has so suddenly become tolerant of their views.
He concludes with what we should do next, realizing that vicious as it is, anti-Semitism must be seen through the lens of more pressing threats. He proposes a unification of American Judaism around the defense of self and of others even more vulnerable: the undocumented immigrants, refugees, Muslim Americans, and black activists who have been directly targeted, not just by the tolerated Alt Right, but by the Trump White House itself.