Political Correctness? (Updated)

January 24, 2016
(was 04.12.2015)

Racial sensitivity and political tolerance are clearly good, but is it possible to take them too far? This hour, a look at how we talk about touchy subjects -- whether political correctness is about safety or censorship.

  1. Is Political Correctness a Form of Censorship?

    New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait recently published a critique of political correctness, arguing that it was being used to stifle crucial debate. He sees political correctness as a tool to censor critics of far-left political groups.

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  2. Political Correctness Is About Safety

    Journalist Amanda Taub believes the political correctness backlash misses the point and glosses over real issues. In an article published in Vox.com, she argues that so-called political correctness is really about protecting and promoting marginalized voices.

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  3. The Limits of Tolerance

    Political science professor Wendy Brown believes tolerance should never be considered a substitute for equality, and says doing so could mask historical injustices.

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  4. Racial Paranoia

    When you think about the accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement and the last 50 years, it's tempting to think we've become a post-racial society. But University of Pennsylvania professor John Jackson Jr. believes we're seeing a new type of racial divide, characterized by distrust and paranoia.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Trauma

    Psychiatrist Bessel Van Der Kolk's Dangerous Idea? Trauma is a leading public health problem and we have to fix it.

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  6. Is It A Problem To Teach Rape Law?

    Harvard law professor Jeannie Suk says she's recently heard students demand trigger warnings before her lectures on rape, or ask that she not talk about the subject at all. She tells Steve Paulson that it’s more important than ever to teach students about rape law, because when it comes to sex, the line between what’s legal and what’s criminal is rapidly shifting.

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