Letter: Political correctness protects oppressed
I commend Buz Williams for defending free speech in his column of July 11, but I accuse him of fuzzy thinking where he uses a popular misconception of the idea of political correctness or "PC" as a whip to scourge the universities and colleges. Contra Williams, the idea of political correctness is not a disease that "infects our general population" as he maintains, and it has little to do with political parties. Its goal was to discourage inhumane and racist thinking in our discourse, especially vis-à-vis other cultures.
Williams says one should not be afraid to be called a racist. Why not, I wonder? It is a most serious charge which, if it were leveled at me, I would vigorously deny and demand that proof be shown.
Of course, absent overt acts of race discrimination, in which are included speech-acts, racism is a charge not easily proven, yet it is not altogether unlikely that racism is a hidden factor in the immigration reform debate in Congress.