“The notion of political correctness has ignited controversy across the land. And although the movement arises from the laudable desire to sweep away the debris of racism and sexism and hatred, it replaces old prejudice with new ones. It declares certain topics off-limits, certain expression off-limits, even certain gestures off-limits. What began as a crusade for civility has soured into a cause of conflict and even censorship.”
President George H.W. Bush
It was only hours following the terrorist attack that took 14 lives in San Bernardino when we learned that political correctness (and the stigma of racial profiling) kept one individual from reporting suspicious activity in a Redland’s neighborhood to the police. CBS News in Los Angeles reported:
A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people. “We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’ he said. “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”
If you think it wouldn’t have done any good to report it….you don’t remember the “Ft. Dix Six”. Back in 2006….a young Circuit City clerk was struggling with being tagged a racist after he viewed a jihadist video showing a gang of middle eastern men firing guns in the air and shouting “god is great”. The clerk was approached by two of the men in the video and asked to convert a video tape to DVD. After discussing the incident with a coworker and his supervisor…he over came his fear of being labeled a racist and called 911. Some 16 months later (and after a long undercover operation)…that phone call led to six Muslim immigrants being arrested by the FBI. The “Ft. Dix Six” planned to storm the Ft. Dix Army base and kill as many American soldiers as possible.
Unlike our President…most Americans recognize the threat posed by radical Muslim extremists. However….do they recognize the threat posed by the creep of extreme political correctness?
While the rise of political correctness in the United States is widely attributed to the anti-war demonstrations of the 60’s and the feminist movement of the 70’s, according to conservative columnist Bill Lind, it’s roots go back to the teachings of Karl Marx. In his speech entitled “The Origins of Political Correctness” Lind claims political correctness is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. Lind maintains that political correctness is a grave danger to the United States because it is not taken seriously and is regarded with a mixture of pity and amusement.
No where has the creep of political correctness been so prevalent as on our college campuses. One of the most disturbing developments are the so called “free speech” zones. These are small, often remote areas of campus, where students are allowed to hold rallies, demonstrate, distribute literature or give speeches. Students are often forced to apply 10 days in advance in order to use these zones. According to Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) one in six universities maintain free speech zones.
One student at Modesto Junior College in California who failed to comply with the free speech zone codes found himself facing off with the campus police. He was distributing copies of the US Constitution on September 17 – the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
Students aren’t the only ones suffering the effects of the politically correct campus establishment. On December 7, a Yale administrator, Erika Christakis, resigned after writing (in an e-mail she sent in October) a counterpoint to Yale administration’s suggestion that students refrain from dressing in Halloween costumes that might be deemed culturally insensitive. Here’s a portion of her e-mail which generated a massive student protest in which the students demanded her resignation:
Nicholas says, [referring to her husband who is a professor at Yale] if you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended. Talk to each other. Free speech and the ability to tolerate offense are the hallmarks of a free and open society. She closes her e-mail asking…Who’s business is it to control the forms of costumes of young people? I know it’s not mine!
So this was the offensive rhetoric which caused a massive student protest? It’s not just the absurd reasons for these protests that are worrisome but also the method the students use when they demonstrate. Long gone are the peaceful marches or sit ins of the 60’s. Today…students act aggressively…shouting out slogans and forcefully drowning out any opposing viewpoints. Several of these protest have gone viral on Youtube. In one…an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Missouri is filmed trying to have a student journalist (who was covering the student protest for ESPN) removed forcefully from the protest. She is heard asking for “muscle” to remove the journalist who refused to leave. She later expressed regret for her “tactics” and resigned her non faculty position.
If your looking for the right word to describe this behavior on our college campuses….it’s Fascism. The term Fascism is more widely used today as a pejorative but all definitions include a supreme authoritarian rule where any and all opposition is prohibited. Perhaps they don’t realize it….but these students (along with most of the faculty) have established there own Orwellian version of “Oceania” and “Newspeak”. Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. Created by the totalitarian state known as Oceania, it’s a tool to limit freedom of thought and anything which pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as “thoughtcrime”.
The rise of Muslim extremism was not spontaneous. It’s been cultivated for decades at radical Madrasah’s throughout the Middle East and exported to the United States through lax visa and immigration policies. So while America waits in fear for the next terrorist shoe to drop and our president tries to fight a politically correct war against terrorism….is anyone paying attention to the end product coming out of our own colleges? If not…what was once creeping political correctness on campus could well become full fledge “Newspeak” and we may wake up one day in an Orwellian nightmare of our own creation.
This is John Galt Speaking!