There have been so many changes in what the Left deems politically correct, it’s difficult to keep up. So here are a couple that you need to know lest you betray your lack of coolness.
The University of California wants to ban the phrase “melting pot,” as in “America is a melting pot.” This is a huge turn-around. Until recently the Left has decried anything that smacked of racial or gender differentiation. It bristled at the notion that certain medical treatments might work differently on folks of different races, even to the point of objecting to a treatment (BiDil) that was shown to work particularly well on black men suffering from heart disease.
But that was then. Now we celebrate differences, not similarities. After all, how else can you have identity politics? And where would the Democrat party be without identity politics?
Gender identities have been proliferating madly of late. Where there used to be two genders, we now have 58 gender options to choose from on Facebook according to ABC News. More than the flavors of Heinz ketchup.
UK Facebook offers its users 71 genders to choose from, but then Europe was always in the vanguard when it came to social liberalism.
Similarly, we used to be told that female and male brains worked the same way. To suggest that the difference in math and science scores between boys and girls was attributable to anything other than culture was sexist. No disagreement was brooked. And when Lawrence Summers merely raised the possibility that there might be a gender difference in science, he was booted from the presidency of Harvard.
No longer, however. Uber feminist writer Naomi Wolf, in her most recent book, Vagina: A New Biography, proclaims what was once unthinkable: “To understand the vagina properly is to realize that it is not only coextensive with the female brain, but is also, essentially, part of the female soul.” Wolf explains the anatomy of the vagina over 400 nauseating pages, more detail than even Hugh Hefner might have wanted. According to a reviewer, Wolf thinks that “it is not at all uncommon for women to have a physiological response during rape… but this response is not the same as the transcendent, dimensional orgasm that takes place when brain and body work in harmonious bliss.” The takeaway is that even if the lady appears to consent to intimacy before it takes place, and indeed exhibits the unmistakable signs of enjoying it while it is taking place, the enjoyment may yet lack sufficient transcendence, in which case a rape may well have occurred.
Also this week, a word long thought to be taboo has come back into currency. On Monday, June 22, Professor Cornel West described Barak Obama on CNN as “the first niggarized black president.” Yes, he really said it. And it wasn’t bleeped. You can hear him say it several time here: The Professor explained, “A niggerized black person is a black person who is afraid and scared and intimidated when it comes to putting a spotlight on white supremacy and fighting against white supremacy.” So important is that spotlight, that West thanks God for Ferguson, for the fighting at Staten Island, for the Baltimore riots, and even for the Charleston church killings.
This outburst was apparently in response to the use of the “n” word by Obama himself in an interview on “WTF with Marc Maron” that was released earlier that same Monday. In this interview, the President says that the legacy of slavery is “still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” From generation to generation, like original sin. Strange it is that when apologizing for America to foreign princes and potentates, Obama is always scrupulous to point out that all the bad things for which he’s apologizing happened before he was born; hence he’s absolved of any responsibility for them. The slavery legacy of which he speaks isn’t to be found in his DNA, not even the white half. Either he had an immunity or his conception was immaculate.
Racism still exists, Obama explained. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘n*****’ in public.” He said it in public—despite the fact that it was impolite. Only it was bleeped so we can just make out the “n” and the “r” of the word. Incidentally, WTF was the president of the most powerful country in the world doing podcasting on a show called “WTF”? Where the f*** did he misplace his dignity and the dignity of his office? But let’s not get carried away. “I know what I’m doing,” he tells his interviewer, “and I’m fearless.” So now, using the “n” word is not a sign of bigotry or rudeness; it’s a sign of fearlessness.
Finally, as the Left continues to work hard to degrade our education system, it is no longer a sign of learning and culture to quote Shakespeare. A high school English teacher in Sacramento has decided not to teach Shakespeare “because he is a dead, white man.” The longevity of his work is not evidence of Shakespeare’s literary greatness. He’s “only regarded as great because ‘some white people’ declared him to be.” Hence it would now be a faux pas to allude to his work at a dinner party, allusions such as “What’s in a name?” or “Brevity is the soul of wit” or the like. Going forward, here’s a list of 45 everyday expressions to avoid.
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