Kirsten Powers, Donald Trump, and Political Correctness

Kirsten Powers:

Political correctness is generally understood to be, as the Oxford Dictionary defines it, “the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”

Examples of the phenomenon are endless. Opposing anti-Semitism is not one of them.

Political correctness is when the University of New Hampshire tells students they shouldn’t use the word “American” to refer to U.S. citizens because it might offend people from South America. Cal State forcing sorority sisters to repent for holding aTaco Tuesday event is political correctness. Yale banning students from using the word “sissies” on a T-shirt (in a quote from an F. Scott Fitzgerald book) would appropriately earn the moniker “political correctness.”

Someone in Trump-land appears to have recognized a problem and deleted the tweet. A new tweet used a circle instead of a star. But there was no apology or explanation for the original tweet, nor a condemnation of the people who first posted it. Instead, Trump chose to issue a tweet blasting the “dishonest media” for fretting over what he says is a “plain star” or “a sherriff’s star.”

Even if Trump didn’t know where the image he tweeted came from, he must know now. He has an obligation to condemn the anti-Semitic intention of the image.

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