Crimestop, according to Orwell is “The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. In short….protective stupidity.”
Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic. It is because of a culture of political correctness that has taken hold in the United States. It is particularly dangerous because it’s becoming a way of life for the youth on college campuses.
Political Correctness not only destroys free speech, it divides us as Americans and it is totalitarian in nature
Political Correctness enforces ideological or political orthodoxy and worse yet is shuts down debate and discussion with blatant censorship and sustained campaigns to delegitimize honest inquiries and free expression. “Offenders” are hounded into silence.
An NYU professor on Morning Joe discussed the institutionalization of the PC culture. The problem comes from the students, he says, in that they are the ones banning visitors, insisting on trigger warnings, speech codes and safe rooms.
His belief is that it will be with us for a very long time, partly because of the helicopter parenting and partly because of the extreme polarization of the political left and right viewpoints.
He ended with the comment that the professors are teaching students to think in distorted ways.
There are far too many examples of this PC culture that has made little North Koreas out of our college campuses. One particularly egregious example can be seen at the University of Michigan.
They are running an Inclusive Language Program because they want people to be ‘good thinkers’, to use Orwell terminology.
There are $16,000 worth of posters all over the campus which insist students not say things that might hurt someone’s feelings. The campaign is paid for by the university which has been raising the tuition each year. The University of Maryland ran the same program two years ago at a cost of $15,000.
Unacceptable words include ‘crazy’, insane’, retarded’, ‘gay’, ‘tranny’, ‘gypped’, ‘illegal alien’, ‘fag’, ‘ghetto’, ‘ratchet’, ‘raghead’.
I have no idea why “gay” and “ratchet” are on the list.
You can’t say within earshot of anyone, “I want to die” or “My God, that test almost killed me.”
“Ghetto” is banned because it might insult someone who grew up in a ghetto even though it’s merely a word describing an environment.
Students are asked to sign a pledge to “use inclusive language” and to help their peers “understand the importance of using inclusive language.”
Posters on campus saying, “YOUR WORDS MATTER” remind people to abide by their Orwellian rules.
In the end, It will be impossible for people to understand what people are talking about.
There are no signs that banning words like tea bagger, cracker, redneck, NAZI, rightwing loon are on the horizon however.
There is pretty much nothing you can say that might offend their protected groups if you go to their Facebook page and look at the posters – they’ve thought of everything.
We can’t wear costumes – even if they are not insulting – someone might be insulted.
This same university requires students take a course on race, ethnicity, social class, or gender in order to graduate.
At Oberlin College, Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, gave a speech on the leftists’ victimization mentality and “the campus rape culture”. She doesn’t follow the company line and precipitated “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students to go.
Speech you don’t agree with is now called hate speech.
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets at Arizona State University and Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. were forced to wear red high heels during a recent sexual violence awareness event, according to Campus Reform. It was part of a ‘walk a mile in her shoes’ campaign.
At the University of California, Janet Napolitano, our former head of homeland security, published a list of anti-microaggressions policies. It’s political correctness to an extreme.
Never say “America is a melting pot” or that you are “color blind” because that means you are denying a person’s significance racially. [For people like Napolitano, a true blue leftist, it’s not about becoming American, it’s about keeping one’s ethnicity and not blending in.]
Never ask a person of color if they’re lost because it insinuates they’re going to steal something. [It occurred to me that someone who thinks that is the actual racist.]
Never say you have black friends. It means you are saying you can’t be a racist because you have black friends [even though it does probably mean that].
Never say, “America is the land of opportunity” even though it is and don’t say that you believe “the most qualified should get the job” even though they should. The reason is because, in the leftist mind, you are insinuating minorities get unfair advantages, the playing field is level, and people of color are lazy.
If you overuse the pronoun “he”, you are denying LGBTs and women.
If you tell a woman she doesn’t have to be good at math or look at their ring finger when they’re in their thirties, you are making assumptions and insinuating the woman is deficient.
In the wake of a standing-room-only event with conservative activist Bay Buchanan on the topic of immigration, the VT YAF Chapter at Virginia Tech was informed that they wouldn’t be receiving funding for the next two semesters. The discussion on immigration with the former Treasurer of the United States offended some liberal administrators at Virginia Tech. The Student Budget Board unanimously voted to defund the club because the event “violated the principles of community.”
The list is almost as long as there are liberal colleges from Smith College where the college president was harshly criticized for stating that “all lives matter” to Columbia which offered course credit to join radical socialists and communists at Occupy Wall Street protests.
Political correctness is nothing more than a technique used by collectivists and statists to push through an endgame, to change the culture and to fool the masses into believing that the group mind is real and the individual mind is fiction. It is ‘groupthink.’ It’s thought control.
Branco Cartoon courtesy of Americans for Limited Government, featured image via College Fix