Wendy Kaminer: PC Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Speak Up
Video Description: Social critic Wendy Kaminer agrees that political correctness has become a real problem, but also asks: to what degree are complaints about “PC” and being “self-censored” a cover for individual timidity?
Excerpted from Spiked Magazine’s ‘Unsafe Space Tour’ panel discussion at Harvard University.
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Now I do think, though, I just wanna add one more, a couple more, points that when people complain about being censored by political correctness, or when they talk about being self-censored, I think that we should ask whether or not they are abdicating their own responsibility to speak up, instead of quietly submitting to the loudest voices or to whatever they consider the majority view. I think we should consider whether P.C. and a backlash to P.C. is, in some ways, being scapegoated for individual timidity, and I think we should also consider that while Trump made his attack on political correctness it was central to his campaign, probably resonated with a lot of people who also felt sick and tired of this politically correct crap. But I think we should ask: What were they tired of not being able to say? What was it that they felt constrained to say? At the end of the day, I think it might be difficult to separate progressive notions of offensive speech and the backlash to that, that I think contributed to Trump's election, from the white identity politics that also fueled it. Thank you.