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Political Correctness

Colleges to Replace History With Soothing Images of Sunsets and Waterfalls

Spencer Green | Posted 11.23.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.

When Does Political Correctness Go Too Far?

Michael Russnow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Michael Russnow

Last week some students at Princeton petitioned the school to stop tributes to Woodrow Wilson, its former university president and, more importantly, our former U.S. president, including the possible renaming of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

This University President Is Sick of Reading About Pampered, Coddled Students

Michael Roth | Posted 11.22.2015 | College
Michael Roth

It must be easier for conservative columnists to fret about those crazy students instead of focusing on the intellectual wasteland sprouting from what was supposed to be their think tank driven "revolution of ideas." These writers are aghast that students from groups long discriminated against aren't just grateful to their institutions for allowing them on campus.

Combatting Violent Extremism: Part Deux

Kristofer Harrison | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Kristofer Harrison

Can we please--finally--have a mature conversation about Islamic extremism? Over the past week a few politicians have dared speak its name. It is no longer treated like Voldemort, but we have yet to transition to a discussion about how we undermine the ideology that motivates terrorists.

Political Correctness in the Age of Starbucks... and Elsa

Tom Caramanno | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Caramanno

America's culture wars have raged in nearly every imaginable setting, from courtrooms, to CEO boardrooms, to hospital rooms and even classrooms. But who could have possibly foretold that the battle's next frontier would be fought on the Starbucks line?

Think It's Fun to Be Politically Incorrect?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Deborah J. Levine

College campuses are lively explorations of just how far youthful exuberance can take rebellion against political correctness. While we diversity professionals emphasize that slang and snarky jokes do not translate across cultural boundaries, we're fighting an uphill battle.

Grieving For Pairs Is Not About Political Correctness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

There are those who scold us for our outpouring of grief in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks on Paris. They try to make us feel guilty for not demonstrating the same grief over the slaughter in Beirut, Lebanon, just a day earlier, or the massacre in Kenya. Political correctness has no place in matters of the heart.

Dr. Ben Carson: The Most Dangerous Man in Politics

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Carson's popularity among white and black conservatives is a dire threat to racial and social justice. Like Clarence Thomas and other black conservatives, Carson advances the myth that we live in a post-racist society.

Attacks on Political Correctness: A Solution Looking for a Problem

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

We're looking at this issue upside down. Anti-PC rhetoric addresses a non-existent problem. There is ample bigotry, free expression and crude insult on campuses, streets and television screens. Americans don't suffer from a lack of opportunity to be gratuitously offensive.

Tips For Writing Your Yale College Application Personal Essay

Spencer Green | Posted 11.11.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Across the country, high school students are feverishly working on their college applications and today, more than ever, the personal essay is the one element that can sway an admissions board. Below are some valuable tips and essay examples for anyone with hopes of getting into Yale University.

Liberals Should Be Deeply Disturbed By Political Correctness Craze Sweeping College Campuses

The Good Men Project | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
The Good Men Project

This trend of catastrophization is so dangerous -- instead of spreading awareness of racial, gender and economic inequality, it shifts the focus toward policing speech and shaming perceived transgressors. As liberals, we need to remember is that this behavior violates two fundamental assumptions of our ideology.

Registration Games: Gender, Race, Age

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Kimann Schultz

I get that stats are constantly being compiled for this n' that, and I get that this n' that is often a multi-nuanced gathering of positively skewed info posturing, when often the tabulation of who knows what is in the end financially founded, as are all things in this capitalistic land of ours.

The Irony Behind the Starbucks Red Cup 'Controversy'

Sam Corey | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Sam Corey

By removing snowflakes from their cups, how are people supposed to know it's holiday season and embody its spirit by being decent people to each other?

Let Me Finish!

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Reinier de Graaf

"Can I see some hands raised? Who in the audience think of Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as contextual?" (No hands raised.) "Who think of it as not?" (No hands raised.) "Since apparently none of you know, let me tell you!"

Dear Christians: Shouting About Starbucks Cups Is Not Helping

John Pavlovitz | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

These continual strident, shouting, red-faced rebuttals to Atheists and non-Christians and corporations are doing exponentially more harm than good. When did the Good News of Jesus become a massive middle finger to anyone who doesn't believe what we believe?

Bill O'Reilly: PC Campus Culture 'Beginning Of Totalitarian Society'

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 11.05.2015 | Media

Despite his professed love for the Constitution, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly seems to have very little appreciation for what “freedom of speech”...

Biggest Threat to Free Speech Not on College Campuses

Michael Roth | Posted 10.26.2015 | College
Michael Roth

We must not protect ourselves from disagreement; we must be open to being offended for the sake of learning, and we must be ready to give offense so as to create new opportunities for thinking.

Pride or Prejudice?

L. Jay Lemons | Posted 10.25.2015 | College
L. Jay Lemons

It seems it's easier than ever these days to rise up and rail against political correctness. Used as a justification, insult or outright dismissal, it prevents difficult issues from being treated with the complexity they deserve.

The PC Movement Has Gone Too Far

Samara Wolpe | Posted 10.19.2015 | College
Samara Wolpe

My first week of college I made the mistake of using "you guys" to refer to a group of girls. Though I meant nothing by it, having used the phrase to refer to any combination of genders in a group, one girl scrunched up her nose as if she smelled something disgusting.

Why We Need The PC Police

Gil Kidron | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Gil Kidron

Though conservatives and liberals have come to inhabit separate universes, with differing views on when life begins, taxes and even on science, it seems there is one thing they can all agree on: political correctness is destroying the country.

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek on His Hero Malcolm X

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Professor Žižek shares his deep admiration for Malcolm X, whose insights Žižek believes reached the height of contemporary philosophy.

Student Leaders Didn’t Fund A Mad Scientist-Themed Party Because They Thought It Was Offensive

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.03.2015 | College

Student government leaders in the Claremont Colleges consortium declined to provide funding for a campus party because they felt the use of a "mad sci...

Should a Novelist Be Politically Correct?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The recent flap over a romance novel titled For Such a Time whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds that it is too discomfiting and disturbing to have been published.

Obama Says College Students Shouldn't Be 'Coddled'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama wants college students to hear the arguments of people they disagree with, not try to block them from speaking. During a town h...

On the Appeal of Donald Trump

Chad Williams | Posted 09.15.2015 | College
Chad Williams

On June 16, 2015 Donald Trump officially announced his presidential candidacy. Since then, I don't believe a day has gone by when he hasn't been featured in an article of a national publication if not a segment of a national broadcast.