Tag: Political Correctness

The myth of trigger warning culture?

As a consumer of mass media, it is easy to get the idea that universities are epicenters of political correctness full of ultra-sensitive students who can’t handle discussions of history or race relations. As a student, you run into “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” much less frequently than you do in the media.

A discussion between British social psychologist Jonathan Haidt over his book The Coddling of the American Mind caused American professors across the country to weigh in, with many stating that they had rarely–if ever–encountered demands for trigger warnings.

To which Don Moynihan, a professor at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and previously at the University of Wisconsin, said:

Some professors did, however, mention some of their students being “triggered.”

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Obama goes all anti-PC

So, when does the left start calling Obama racist, sexist and misogynist?


Heat StreetObama Slams Political Correctness, Says Stop Going Around ‘Looking for Insults’


VoxObama on liberal college students who want to be “coddled”: “That’s not the way we learn”


B+D editor quoted on political correctness

The article Bombs + Dollars editor Mitchell Blatt wrote about how Donald Trump has been bad for the movement against political correctness has been quoted by a number of outlets.

As I wrote in part,

An interesting thing happens when you ask people if they think political correctness is a problem. When asked to agree or disagree, 68 percent of Americans agree PC is a big problem, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson poll. But when that statement is attributed to Trump, the percent who agree drops to 53 percent. That poll was taken before Trump’s unfavorability rating hit a historic high of 70 percent in June. Trump’s unfavorable ratings currently, er, trump Hillary Clinton’s.

The problem is, Trump isn’t actually opposing political correctness. When he took umbrage at Kelly’s question, for example, he was defending himself calling particular women a “fat pig” and an “animal.” He wasn’t speaking a controversial truth, just being uncivil.

Since then many other writers who have decided to comment on how “political correctness” interfaces with this race have cited my essay. Among them were Whet Moser of Chicago Mag, who had this to say:

What had been an attempt at maintaining a high, dignified culture—one with problems and blind spots, perhaps, but aimed at cultural uplift—has become code for the most coarse permissiveness, exemplified by the current GOP candidate for president. When Trump didn’t not call Fox host Megyn Kelly a “bimbo,” he played it off with a crack about political correctness; he did the same when Kelly asked him about prior comments calling women “dogs” and “fat pigs”; he did the same when Republicans recoiled at his pointless, self-defeating attack on a federal judge. It’s gotten to the point where even some conservatives, like Walter Hudson at PJ Media, David French at National Review, Mitchell Blatt at The Federalist, and CNN’s S.E. Cupp have wearied at the candidate using the term as a get-out-of-jail-free card for the fallout from his tantrums. But it’s a bit late for that; it’s been absorbed and amplified by Trump.

There’s a historical irony to this. For decades the Left was considered to be the permissive, decadent, cultural-relativist ideology by the defenders of propriety.

and Zach Sterman of the Yeshiva University paper The Commentator:

Citing other examples, Mitchell Blatt of the Federalist has said, “He calls his opponents ‘losers’ and mocks the appearance of their wives and then pleads that he is just being anti-PC. That’s not being anti-PC, it’s just being a contemptible jerk.” It is pretty easy to see the difference between true political correctness and the distasteful, unapologetic muck issued often by Trump.

It got shared on both the anti-Trump Reddit and the pro-Gamergate Reddit. Thanks to all who share and comment. What do you think?

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama break from liberal political correctness

Anti-Clinton pushback proves how far political correctness has pushed the left since 1992.

Matt Lewis writes, in his new book Too Dumb to Fail, that “neither of [the bases of both parties] want to hear hard truths and both … demand pandering. And so, a politician who stands up to his or her own base and attempts his or her ‘Sister Souljah moment’ … is more often than not punished for being courageous.”

Bill Clinton’s argument with #BlackLivesMatter protesters at a rally last week proves that point. Interrupted by protesters angry with Hillary Clinton’s public support of Bill’s crime bill—and in particular with Hillary’s 1996 reference to the then-popular phrase “super-predators” to describe young violent criminals—Bill responded that his anti-crime policies cut crime.

“I don’t know how you would describe the gang leaders who got 13-year-olds hopped up on crack and sent them out in the streets to murder other African-American children,” he said. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn’t. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter.”

Clinton’s comments point to a problem with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. As their emphasis has been focused on the lives of convicted criminals (“mass incarceration”) and suspects like Michael Brown, who, in many cases had resisted arrest or gotten into physical altercations, they have ignored larger problems. Michael Brown, in fact, having robbed a convenience store, was one of the very people who had contributed to a level of crime in his community that his innocent neighbors bear the burden of.

Needless to say, however, Democratic Party activists didn’t want to hear any of it. Hillary Clinton had to deal with negative headlines from liberal commentary outlets. Slate’s Michelle Goldberg called on Bill to step away from Hillary’s campaign. Bernie Sanders called on Hillary to apologize.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, who seems to have taken his lame-duck status with joyful relief, spoke out, as forcefully as a nuanced Obama could, against recent politically correct controversies at universities.

“I’ve heard of some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative. Or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African-Americans, or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view. Anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them.”

It is likely

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Beyonce, Iraq, and conservative political correctness

Conservatives have a tendency to associate “political correctness” with liberalism. That is a mistake, because doing so would politicize the term. Critics of political correctness shouldn’t discriminate when opposing PC.

What would you call an incident where someone made a speech expression and then that person’s critics expressed unreasonably emotional outrage, twisted the facts, and then tried to boycott that person? When Rush Limbaugh tried to buy the NFL’s Rams as part of an ownership group and was forced to drop out after a campaign that involved Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton argued that views he had expressed were too racist (some of which were fake quotes, which CNN apologized for). Limbaugh attributed it at the time to “political correctness.”

Now go back to the NFL and there is currently another outrage-induced racial controversy going on. Only this time, it’s conservatives who are outraged and calling for a boycott.

Beyonce and Black Panthers

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Donald Trump has never opposed political correctness

Why is a former Ron Paul aide and self-proclaimed “libertarian” voting for Donald Trump, who wants to shut down the internet?

Eric Dondero, who was a Congressional aide to Rep. Ron Paul from 1997-2003, tweeted that he was a libertarian who was supporting Trump. As I noted, there is one problem with his assertion:

Dondero said he thought Trump was anti-PC:

As I have written before, Trump isn’t anti-political correctness. In fact, he gets offended all the time and tries to suppress speech. He is, as I said, the SJW candidate.

Anyone who wants to sue newspapers for reporting factual news stories and have the FCC fine dissidents is by definition not anti-PC and not pro-free speech.

At the end of the post, I will include a long list of examples of Trump’s politically correct positions, but first, my response:

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Monday Reading List: Don’t Overreact to Paris Attacks

It’s Monday, and that means I’m sharing my recent writings at other outlets.

First, re the Paris attacks and the U.S. domestic response:
US politicians misguided on anti-terror policies – China.org.cn

A candidate for state legislative office in Minnesota, Dan Kimmel of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, tweeted in response to the attacks: “ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community.”

Well, the Nazis were also “doing what they think is best for their community.” That such people have twisted, bigoted, and yes, evil, views of the world doesn’t make their judgment right. I made a point of using the word “evil” because someone who thinks that intentionally murdering civilians in cold blood is right deserves nothing better.

Donald Trump can be called nothing other than ignorant, narcissistic, and ethnocentric. But he, for all his defects, is not evil. He is just terribly misguided and a bad choice for Americans. It is worth keeping that in mind after seeing real evil unfold.

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Freedom Can’t Coexist With Campus Political Correctness – The Federalist

When feelings are given primacy over facts, there’s no way to evaluate the truth, which is necessary for making sound policy. How can one say Donald Trump is wrong that Mexico is “sending” the United States illegal immigrants if the truth doesn’t matter now? And didn’t he “feel” offended when Rich Lowry said Carly Fiorina emasculated him? Why not call for Lowry’s firing or a Federal Communications Commission fine?

When “safe spaces” are places where pushing and verbal abuse take place, when reality is based on the race, gender, or sexuality of a speaker, when words like “rich,” “poor,” “senior,” and “American” are considered “problematic,” reality ceases to exist and words have no meanings.

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