Filtered By - Political Correctness
U.S. Democrats show they still haven’t learned a thing
Tuesday November 15th, 2016
Until president-elect Donald Trump named Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, as his chief of staff, there was concern that the job might go to Stephen Bannon, chief executive of the Trump campaign. Instead Bannon got another plum job as chief strategist and senior counsel. The double appointment evoked mixed feelings. Priebus telegraphs knowledge, prudence a...
In academia, Shakespeare has become a lightning rod — a focus for the culture wars
Monday October 3rd, 2016
I envy the fact that my friends in Toronto can take a day trip to Stratford, Ont., the town that hosts a world-renowned theatre festival every summer, whenever they feel like it. I’m a lazy Montreal trip planner with a resistant companion, so I rarely get the chance to make it out there. But this year, spending a week in Toronto for a cluster of gigs, and with an efficient fr...
In BLM’s view to be white is to be racist and to be black is to be a victim
Tuesday July 5th, 2016
Don’t you just hate it when you invite the new folks next door to dinner so they can meet the neighbours, and then they arrive an hour late, after which they trash your cooking skills and demand better wine? Pride Toronto knows that feeling. Members of the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM), “honoured guests” at Sunday’s Pride parade, staged an unsc...
More road kill on the highway of white privilege
Tuesday November 10th, 2015
It’s too bad “white privilege” can’t be packaged up and sold. Otherwise young white males hoping for a future in academia might be able to sell theirs on eBay, and give themselves a fighting chance at a career. Because there’s no longer any guarantee that competence, liberalism and a clean record will protect you when aggrieved students need a hand...
Sometimes a shower is just a shower. Even at Auschwitz
Friday September 4th, 2015
The refugee crisis in Europe is having the effect of peeling back the thin veneer of politeness that oils the wheels of civic reciprocity. Fear is making everyone jumpy: There are so many of “them”; where will they all go? How will this affect “us”? And then there is the very real, and daunting problem of actually keeping track of people as individuals, as the wav...
Michael Ondaatje and the PEN Six get it horribly wrong
Monday April 27th, 2015
PEN international, a non-political organization now represented in 150 countries, was founded in 1921. Its mandate is to promote literature and support freedom of expression. PEN Canada joined up in 1926 and today boasts a membership of more than a 1,000 writers and supporters, including cultural luminaries such as Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, Charles Foran and ...
Dolce and Gabbana’s views on parenting are commonplace. There’s no homophobia here
Tuesday March 24th, 2015
In 2011 John Galliano, the “zany British bad boy” of the fashion world, was shamed and shunned by all right-thinking people when, in a recorded drunken rant, he cried, “I love Hitler.” Last week two design celebrities, Domenico Dolce and Stephano Gabbana (D&G), were shamed and shunned after Dolce publicly opined: “You are born to be a mother and a father...
Harvard students want to learn the law without discussing ‘upsetting’ crimes
Thursday December 18th, 2014
There are days when I think the entire media has been taken over by the satirical publication, The Onion, whose hilarious riffs on cultural and political trends skewer political correctness with such straight-faced precision that they are frequently taken at face value. But the latest Darwin-award entry in cultural lunacy is no satire. Some U.S. law students want their profes...
Chinese signs, native ‘medicine,’ niqabbed women — a busy week on the multicultural front
Wednesday October 22nd, 2014
On the multiculturalist front, there was no dearth of news and opinionating this week. One news item deserves mention simply because the attached opinion was so breathtakingly wrong, a product of the extreme political correctness that inhibits rational thought where aboriginal culture is concerned (and justly condemned as such in the National Post’s Monday editorial). ...
‘Wowbutter’ — the newest victim of lunchroom mission creep
Friday October 10th, 2014
Institutions charged with the safety of the people to whom they provide services used to confine themselves to combatting known evils that had proven consequences. In the past decades, we’ve seen a lot of mission creep, especially in schools. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District have issued a directive to schools in the eastern region, reminding administrator...
McGill seeks to ‘enhance its reputation’ by awarding honorary doctorate to divisive ideologue
Thursday May 23rd, 2013
Universities must be careful in the awarding of honorary doctorates. What seems like a safe choice at the time can come back to haunt a university later. Sometimes even five minutes later. McGill University will be awarding philosopher and gender theorist Judith Butler of the University of California at Berkeley an honorary doctorate on May 30. The choice has stirred up controversy...
The Campus Condition
Wednesday January 30th, 2013
In his Saturday National Post column, Rex Murphy considers the case of long-time student Arun Smith, who last week enjoyed his 15 minutes of media fame for vandalizing a message board at Ottawa’s Carleton University, because he found some of the postings on abortion and marriage offensive. Rex poses the question: “How can a person spend seven years in any university studying ...
They think they're people
Wednesday June 8th, 2011
Barbara Kay, National Post · Jun. 8, 2011 | Last Updated: Jun. 8, 2011 2:03 AM ET The most popular attraction at most zoos is the primate section. We're all fascinated by chimps, monkeys and orangutans, in large part because they are so "human" in their looks and behaviours. Yet despite their intelligence and deductive abilities, they cannot be domesticated...
The astonishing irrationality of the micro-censors
Wednesday January 12th, 2011
'All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," said Ernest Hemingway, himself no slouch at aesthetic innovation. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has always provoked public consternation. When first published in 1885, libraries wouldn't carry it because of Huck's bad grammar! (Mark Twain pioneered the now-commonplace technique ...
A tale of two quotas
Wednesday November 24th, 2010
Barbara Kay, National Post · Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 In an op-ed published in Monday's National Post -- titled, Too Jewish then, too Asian now -- cultural critic Jeet Heer accused Maclean's magazine of publishing an article that was "disgracefully xenophobic." The Maclean's writers' crime? Expressing frank concern that...
It's not easy being white
Thursday April 8th, 2010
Remember the old Kermit the Frog complaint, "It's not that easy bein' green"? It's from a ditty about diversity, in which Kermit proceeds from self-doubt over the limitations of being green to the conclusion there's value in all colours and nothing gained brooding over identity: "I am green and it'll do fine...I think it's what I want to be." ...
Dropping the r-bomb
Wednesday March 10th, 2010
It was revealed by The Wall Street Journal in late January that at a private strategy session in August, Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama's chief of staff, blasted the internally divisive political ploy proposed by some aggressively left-wing Democrats as "f-----g retarded." An intense brouhaha, with disability advocacy groups, Special Olympics spokespeople and even Sarah P...
Wednesday December 2nd, 2009
In the process of conveying a general idea or a cue to an emotional response, we often seek instinctive recourse in a linguistic device called antonomasia. We'll substitute an antonomastic placeholder like "Solomon" for a wise person or "Hitler" for an evil one, "Pearl Harbor" for an ineluctable casus belli, and so forth. The words "Barbie dol...
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