December 7, 1999 |
The sultry heat of Puerto Rico and the edgy tension of New York City could scarcely seem farther from this academic enclave at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains. But a controversy over a high school production of "West Side Story" has the town embroiled in debate over censorship, ethnic identity, artistic license and colonialism.
January 12, 1992
All this drumbeating about the threat of political correctness is political crap. Pristin offers "Bonfire of the Vanities" as evidence of the "disastrous consequences" of too much racial sensitivity. What's next, blaming the savings-and-loan crisis on Ralph Nader? The PC controversy started as a clever linguistic manipulation by conservative pundits to further tilt debate in their favor. Now labeling people PC is a popular '90s sport, even though it's based on a '50s concept. (Back then the buzzwords were red or pinko , and the initials were reversed to CP for Communist Party.
March 10, 2002 |
It is one of those phrases we throw around reflexively, convinced that we share with our fellow citizens a collective notion of what it means. But every now and then a debate emerges on radio talk shows, in the workplace, in news stories or magazines. What does "politically correct" mean to us these days? Is political correctness an outlook, a set of values, a political ideology?
June 15, 1998 |
"Politically correct" and "political correctness" may be the most repugnantly overused and misused terms of the decade. They're deployed most often in defining an action or attitude as being based not on principle or conviction, but on current fashion--the assumption being that no moral basis exists for endorsing the erasure of many past wrongs or for supporting some positions. Instead, the motivation is fear--fear of being chastised for being out of step with reformers.
January 11, 2003
Thomas Bonk closed his Jan. 9 article on the PGA Tour by noting, "It won't go away, mainly because the two people at opposite ends of the issue won't let it. Martha Burk ... has called for protests ... and Hootie Johnson ... isn't budging on inviting a woman to be a member." On the same day in a second golf-related article, Bonk devotes, by my count, six out of 16 paragraphs to comments relating to the very same "issue." It is painfully apparent that, in reality, this issue continues to persist ad nauseam, not because of Ms. Burk and Mr. Johnson, but because there are so many champions of misguided political correctness within the media, such as Mr. Bonk.