Sunday, April 15, 2007

Easy to go overboard but there's PC and then there's PC...

There's PC as a strawman for sexism, racism, homophobia, which is how the right today uses it, and then there's PC as a real way that some liberals used to argue their beliefs, one that seems to have faded significantly as time has gone by. The result is that conservative people are now talking about something that really doesn't have that much of an influence on American society and are saying that virtually everything liberals do is motivated by it. This doesn't let the real, historical, PC off the hook though. Like I said, the real thing is a formalistic pseudo-radicalism that has little to do with the reality of the problems it's confronting. Let's not use the Imus incident to start, through the guise not of Imus' obscene comments but through attacking rap music, another round of superficial PCism that again will not address the root causes of what it claims to be dealing with.

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