Tag: political correctness
I Am Not a Mascot

I’ve been following the debate on the possible renaming of the Washington Redskins football team with some interest for a few reasons. One is that I am a faculty member at Florida State University, whose sports teams are named the Seminoles. If the Redskins change their name, how long can Florida State athletes continue...
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Pandemic Reading Tips

When a new book comes out, C. S. Lewis reportedly said, be sure to read an old one first. Anybody now cooped up at home might follow that advice and take up a real oldie, such as The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar. The Roman imperialist fought it out with tribes such as the...
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“First Amendment Is First for a Reason.” The Wisdom of Dave Chappelle

On college campuses, the new film No Safe Spaces explains, the First Amendment, intellectual freedom, and the very idea of free speech are under attack with threats, bans, and even violence. That threat has come to the attention of comedian Dave Chapelle, latest winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Chappelle, 46,...
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Identity Groups: Am I Eligible for This Award?

Diversity of ideas should be considered when discussing “diversity”.

Polarizing Ideology

With polarization has come intolerance: people abandon their friends and family when they seem to have the wrong political views.

Can History Survive Duke University’s Nancy MacLean?

If Democracy in Chains represents the state of art in the research and critical thinking in Nancy MacLean’s field, History as an academic discipline is in serious intellectual trouble.

Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Imperialism

Cultural appropriation and cultural imperialism, valid issues or the result of a “victim mentality”?

PC Cowards at Yale Rename Calhoun College

According to the BBC, Yale President Peter Salovey announced that Calhoun College would be renamed because John C. Calhoun’s legacy and principles are “at odds with the university’s values.” Calhoun served in the House of Representatives, in the Senate, as Defense Secretary, and as Vice President of the United States. He graduated Phi Beta...
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Geert Wilders Convicted of Hate Speech: Will It Happen Here?

Last week, Dutch politician Geert Wilders was convicted of inciting discrimination and of insulting a group. The offending remarks came at a political rally when Wilders suggested that his country would be better off without any more Moroccan immigration. The New York Times has this news story here. Many folks who read this website are likely...
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Ideology, Identity Politics, and Politico-Cultural Conflict

The past year’s political events, especially the campaign for the presidency as it converged on a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have illuminated the way in which ideology, with the identity politics that springs from it, drives a dialectical process: political domination creates resentment, which feeds reaction and, on occasion, revolution against...
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