Elliot Jaspin's 'Euphemism Generator'

When his editors objected to his use of the phrase "racial cleansing" to describe the expulsion of African-Americans from their communities, reporter Elliot Jaspin sardonically created a "euphemism generator," allowing editors to pick words from different categories to develop a palatable replacement, such as "involuntary African-American relocation."

Euphemism Generator

Directions: Just pick one word or phrase from each column!

OrderedRacialGeographic Reassignment
Non-optionalSelective DemographicHousing Readjustment
CoerciveAfrican AmericanLocational Rearrangement
CompulsoryNegroSituational Reallocation
MandatoryMinorityAccelerated Migration
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    From the July 23, 2006, section of the "Leave or Die" series, Elliot Jaspin reports on the Atlanta media reaction to a 1987 civil rights march in Forsyth County, Ga., organized in part to recall the 1912 racial expulsion.

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