May 1, 2008


Political correctness ruining society: Modern life is bedevilled by political correctness, PD James, the crime author, said last night. (Daily Telegraph, 5/02/08)

"Mutual respect and understanding and recognition of our common humanity cannot be nurtured in isolation. And in our relationships we are bedevilled by the cult of political correctness."

She added: "If in speaking to minorities we have to weigh every word in advance in case inadvertently we give offence, how can we be at ease with each other, how celebrate our common humanity, our shared anxieties and aspirations, both for ourselves and for those whom we love?" It would be "unfortunate" if the police became "enamoured" of political correctness, which she described as "a pernicious if risible authoritarian attempt at linguistic and social control".

Modern day police forces were also hampered by a "culture of blame" and red tape, the 87-year-old peer said.

Hardly surprising that the Democratic contest devolves into tribalism when they have to be so careful what they say about each distinct group.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2008 7:49 PM

Let's face it, the way most people deal with the stringent political correctness restrictions looming over speech with minorities is that they never converse with them at all.

Posted by: ZF at May 1, 2008 8:42 PM

I read that focus groups don't included blacks and whites on the same panel because whites are so afraid of giving offense that they don't express their true opinions on even subjects not related to race.

That's where we are, so how can there be a national "dialogue" on race?

Posted by: erp at May 2, 2008 8:09 AM
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