While I don’t know if “haboob” is the “correct term” for a dust storm, since most T.V. weatherfolk are likely to just call it a dust storm, it’s still entertaining to see the flag-waving draggers of knuckles get their racist panties in a twist when that word is used.
A couple of days ago, a large haboob — the meteorological term of Arabic origin for a sand/dust storm — raced across the panhandle of Texas and provided numerous opportunities for residents to take beautiful pictures of the wall of sand against the blue sky.
On its face, nothing seems controversial about a simple dust storm, but this is ‘Merica, dammit! Of course it’s controversial among a certain subset of Texans when you use the correct term for something.
How dare they use that word used by brown people to describe something in this land of white people?? Nevermind the other words of Arabic origin we use every day… A bunch of simians in Arizona had the exact same reaction a couple of years ago (surprise, surprise), flipping their shit and demanding the word “haboob” stop being used because it offends their delicate, Muslim-hating sensibilities. And, naturally, in both cases it somehow led to accusing Obama of being a Muslim…because apparently all Muslim roads lead to Obama.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: fuck Texas.