ERIC Number: ED369113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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PC, No--An Examination of the Conservative Opposition to Political Correctness.
Shelton, Michael W.
An objective assessment of the politically correct movement on college campuses casts much doubt on the positions advanced by conservative critics in the popular media. Through "Time,""Newsweek,""The New Republic,""Nightline," and other media, conservative critics, backed by well-established right-wing organizations, have painted a portrait of the issue of political correctness as being an organized movement that threatens free speech. Drawing on a body of "outrageous" cases, they have viewed political correctness and multiculturalism as a conspiracy threatening the very foundation of American society. However, more sensible evaluations of political correctness on college campuses show that it does not hold a position of unchallenged authority. In fact, it seems unlikely that there is much, if any, organized effort to program students with politically correct ideas. What there is, to quote one student, is an attempt to recognize "that everyone, regardless of sex, age, race, religion, handicap (or political affiliation, you will be surprised to know) has a right to an opinion." Political correctness will remain a relevant topic for debate for some time to come. (Contains 51 notes.) (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Educational Issues; Political Correctness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 23-27, 1994).