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U.S. Border Patrol Innovates Anti-Migrant Slurs

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U.S. Border Patrol agents are apparently big fans of the anti-migrant slur “tonk”.
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U.S. Border Patrol agents are using a derogatory slur to refer to migrants in emails and text messages. As per HuffPost, who obtained official documents, agents have often referred to people crossing the...
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A new report shows that a large number of us border patrol
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agents use the anti immigrant slur Tonk to refer to migrants.
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Many people outside of the agency have probably never heard the word
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Tonk before. It is specific to border patrol and is derogatory
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against people crossing the border.
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Tonk could be an acronym for traveler origin,
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not known, but it probably also represents the sound of a
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flashlight hitting a migrant's head.
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The report put together by huffpost shows that government border patrol officials
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have tried to limit the use of the word but many agents
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keep using it. Experts say the slang word is used in
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a derogatory mocking way towards migrants.
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One agent allegedly wrote in an email get this that his coworker
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was marrying a tank because they couldn't get a legal chick.
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Experts say that the word's connection to the sound of hitting a
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migrant's head shows it's violence.
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Others say that Tonk is meant to dehumanize immigrants either way,
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dude, like, yeah,
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I mean border patrol officials have banned the use of Tonk
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as well as the slur wet back,
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threatening counseling and disciplinary action.
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However, these slurs clearly continue to be used by some,
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like any word that we're not supposed to use,
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people still use them.
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It's like, how do you,
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how do you stop people from using some,
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the word, you know?
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But that's insane.