Yesterday, Attorney General Holder chastised us all for being too cowardly to engage in an honest debate about race and racial issues. Okay, well, here goes.
And what of Political Correctness and race?
With regard to the first video below, from which the headline is taken, should the father have been arrested and re-educated?
Should people be denied the right to speak as they please in private? Do we need the police to swoop down on somebody who calls a black man a nigger in public, or is the black man likely to deck the offender, often with the assistance of a rainbow of bystanders? Will the natural order do the job the State wishes to usurp? Do you think the black community reflects the same rules of racial non-insult when speaking to their children or amongst themselves?
Honest speech is nothing more than the manifestation of honest thought, and what business of yours is it to control another’s thoughts? Honest education, perhaps, but thought control?
Is not every minority a collection of people who seek the power of majority for themselves, by whatever means available or necessary? Or is the majority the only despot, and all minorities enlightened groups who seek nothing more than an equitable distribution of power? Or do we all bear the same core traits of human nature?
You don’t need institutionalized political correctness in order for people to be polite in public. You don’t need it in order to discipline workers who are disruptive to the work force by harassing or insulting other employees. As for those who are not directly insulted, but made uncomfortable by such talk, is it okay for these collaterally offended folk to speak disparagingly about other groups, such as political, religious or gender ones? “Conservative policy is wrong, Catholic priests are a bunch of child molesters, Christians are oppressive terrorists, etc.” Should all such statements be banned in the workplace? If you can’t call black people niggers at work, then you can’t describe any other group with an equally disparaging adjective or term.
Perhaps the natural order, the power of the employer, and the employee’s freedom to choose his workplace, would all resolve the situation without an orchestrated campaign to wipe out negative speech toward one group, while encouraging it to be directed toward others.
It’s critical to watch the second video as well, in order to at least begin to contextualize all of the issues I’ve raised.