By John K. Wilson
The word "political correctness" is on everyone’s lips, on radio and tv, and in newspapers and magazines. The phenomenon itself, even though, has been deceptively defined. Wilson steps into the nation’s favourite cultural fray to bare that some of the most generally publicized anecdotes approximately workstation are in truth extra fable than fact. in accordance with his personal event as a pupil and in-depth examine, he exhibits what’s relatively occurring underneath the hysteria and alarmism approximately political correctness and unearths that the main nerve-racking examples of inspiration policing on campus have come from the precise. clone of the school campus as a gulag of left-wing totalitarianism is fake, argues Wilson, created principally throughout the exaggeration of misleading tales through conservatives who hypocritically search to silence their political opponents.
Many of today’s such a lot debatable subject matters are the following: multiculturalism, opposite discrimination, speech codes, date rape, and sexual harassment. So are the well-recognized protagonists within the debate: Dinesh D’Souza, William Bennett, and Lynne Cheney, between others. In full of life style and in meticulous aspect, Wilson compares truth to fiction and lays one delusion after one other to leisure, revealing the double general that permits "conservative correctness" on collage campuses to move unchallenged.
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55 These accusations about political correctness received confirmation in the 24 December 1990 issue of Newsweek, which had "Thought Police" emblazoned on its cover. "56 The Newsweek story made "pc" a derogatory adjective and used it twentynine times to condemn anyone with vaguely liberal views. " "Politically correct," once a reference to extremists who enforced their views on others, was transformed by conservatives and the media to a term describing anyone who advocates progressive ideas. As the PC bandwagon attracted the attention of the major newsmagazines, each invoked the same tired list of anecdotes.
Its founder, Reed Irvine, ran Accuracy in Mediaa conservative organization that exposes bias in the "liberal" media-and he hoped to create a similar watchdog group to examine liberal bias in college classrooms. " 38 But AlA failed in its efforts to expose this Marxist "conspiracy" because it tried to mount an external attack on universities. 40 Most of all, AlA alienated its most important allies, the moderate professors who were alarmed by the radicals on their campuses. These professors feared being criticized by students and other faculty, and the last thing they wanted was students spying on their classes, an image that evoked the old fears of McCarthyism.
72 Soon these criticisms by a few students were being described as an attempt to suppress Thernstrom's free speech. " He believed that the Harvard administration's response had been too weak, and he made his status as an oppressed victim clear: "I felt like a rape victim, and yet the silence of the administration seemed to give the 18 The Myth of Political Correctness benefit of the doubt to the students who attacked me. . " 73 But except for a vague statement condemning "prejudice, harassment and discrimination" (issued weeks before the controversy began) and praise for the "judicious and fair" students who had "avoided public comment," Harvard officials never took the side of the students, and a month later the dean of the faculty announced that no disciplinary action would be taken against Thernstrom.
The Myth of Political Correctness: The Conservative Attack on Higher Education by John K. Wilson