It’s Time to Retire Political Correctness

What if we are using debates about ‘free speech’ as a proxy for in-group/out-group identification?

Back in October, our library hosted a debate about political correctness. This week, Jeff Preston, one of the debate participants and local rights activist, shares how his ideas on the issue have continued to evolve over the last five months. In light recent events — such as Milo Yiannopoulos’ fall from grace and the discussion surrounding the Liberal’s Motion 103 on anti-Islamophobia — Jeff is thinking and theorizing about political correctness as a construct of “in-group social etiquette” that we mobilize to identify insiders and outsiders. In this conversation, we wrestle with the proposition that ‘political in/correctness’ simply prevents us from talking to each other, and is thus a term of reference that deserves to be laid to rest once and for all.

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