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Political Correctness

Political Correctness Takes a Toddler Victim

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Jonathan Wolfman

The dimpled miscreant was suspended from day care when, asked to sing a song for the class, the child violated a dearly-held nursery-school standard by mumbling a song, sing-songily, perhaps the only song he knows by heart, the official song of his family's favorite football squad, their (and my own) Philadelphia Eagles.

Political Correctness as Taught by Abraham Lincoln

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

If there is any doubt that the constant diatribe of political correctness is exacting a price, just look at our position in the world. Our stature has deteriorated more in the last several years than it has in all of our history. That is because we have lost sight of who we are. Our hesitance to stand up to the truths we hold dear is turning our spines to jelly.

Conservatives Mock Eve Ensler on Right-wing Talk Radio

Jackson Katz | Posted 09.09.2013 | Media
Jackson Katz

The right has the right to satirize its adversaries. But on the day these two men were claiming to celebrate American democracy, they made a point of dismissing and ridiculing one of the leading voices for women's advancement, which, it must be noted, is fundamental to the advancement of democracy.

Sexual Harassment and Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
David Moshman

The topic of sexuality is subject to the same principles of academic freedom as any other topic. Sexual harassment is wrong because it is harassment, not because it is sexual.

Excuses for My Grandchildren

Steven Clifford | Posted 07.15.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

I have two grandchildren and a third on the way. My granddaughter Katherine calls me Dolfo. My wife chose Mimi as her name for grandchildren. I decided if she was Mimi, as an opera lover I would be Rudolpho.

Political Correctness, or Equality, for Heather and Her Two Mommies?

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Susan Ochshorn

Equality embodies our humanity, and our progress as a nation. But for those who prefer their rationale more hard-nosed: Human capital -- our children -- is the engine of our economy. And they need support from consistent, loving, healthy adults, no matter their sexual orientation.

The Problem With Political Correctness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

If we can't talk about differences that puzzle us, or things we're curious about, without fear of giving offense, then how can we ever overcome our ignorance about cultures and races -- or even the opposite sex?

Unlearning Liberty: Hazelwood at 25

David Moshman | Posted 03.08.2013 | College
David Moshman

After 1988, as I anticipated, the news just kept getting worse. Although Hazelwood involved censorship of high school student journalists, the decision has been applied to a broad range of curricular contexts, to teachers as well as students, and to higher education.

The Pro-Gun Lobby and Political Correctness

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

30,000 Americans die by guns each year. Of course, people die in other ways, too. But that's no reason not to focus on one particularly significant source of preventable death in America.

Musings On The 'Holiday Tree'

Brian Levin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Brian Levin

It is one thing to wish someone a "happy holidays" in reference to the multitude of secular and religious winter holidays. It is quite another to declare that an evergreen tree is a universal holiday symbol.

Happy Insult Native Americans Month!

Alison Owings | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Alison Owings

This is the last week of Native American Awareness Month and among my fellow nons, there hasn't seemed to be much awareness going on. But there has been a lot of ripping, following a lot of ripping off.

Goodbye Columbus? Celebrating Old Christopher Falling Out of Favor

Howard Barbanel | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

There needs to be a middle ground. While a lot of bad happened in the creation of the Americas, a lot of really good good has come of it.

Freedom of Suppression

Michael Drew | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Michael Drew

What do you consider to be freedom of expression? The right to offend? The right to be offended? The right to say whatever or to let others say whatev...

Muslims Combating Islamism: Exercising The Bare Minimum Of Faith In An Age Of Political Correctness

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

There were many reasons why I testified in the investigative hearings held by the House Committee on Homeland Security examining radicalization within the Muslim American community. I testified because I believe exposing a wrong is the bare minimum of my faith.

Five Recommendations for a New Politeness

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.04.2012 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

With political correctness an irreformable term, and chivalry having its own baggage, perhaps we can learn to be polite without allowing it to hamper our ability to be opinionated.

Should Schools Ban The Words 'Gay' And 'Retarded'?

By John Mederich John is a senior at Mather High School. He’s a reporter for The Mash, a weekly teen publication distributed to Chicagoland hig...

Bill Maher: Stop Apologizing

www.nytimes.com | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

THIS week, Robert De Niro made a joke about first ladies, and Newt Gingrich said it was “inexcusable and the president should apologize for him.” ...

Jeremy Lin doesn't make you Larry Wilmore

J.D. Bell | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

Jeremy Lin is much more than a fortune cookie. Treat him as such.

What's so wrong with "Mademoiselle"

Mona Elyafi | Posted 03.24.2012 | Women
Mona Elyafi

Turning "Madame" into the universal title for women creates, in my opinion, a form of reverse discrimination.

Teacher Fired for "Joking": That's No Joke

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

We should all be politically correct if it means using language that is inoffensive and treating each other with empathy. Just because one has the Constitutional right to be offensive, one needn't exercise that right.

Reality Check Your Own Privilege

Bianca James | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago
Bianca James

Extreme political correctness can feel like moral panic. We rally against policy brutality and totalitarian brainwashing, then find ways to perpetuate it in our own communities.

There's A Problem With The Help

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Like many others who thought they liked The Help only to be vaguely (or not so vaguely) troubled soon after, I've been worrying about this film in my mind ever since I saw it a few weeks ago.

The Character Of Cornel West

Jeffrey Stout | Posted 07.30.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Stout

Let's be honest here. No one in my generation has more fully embodied the vocation of speaking truth to power, within the elite universities or without, than West.

America's Growing Intolerance: How 'Enemy Creep' Is Guantanamo-izing America

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

Just in case you thought political correctness had been thoroughly discredited in the culture wars of the 1990s, it's back -- and this time it's being treated as a stalking horse for terrorism and getting pummeled all over again.

The Ten Politically Correct Commandments

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Gerdy

I've tried to make something that could hang in our schools and government buildings without creating mass hysteria.