George Will on Subliminal Slander, Stereotypes and Political Correctness

How indignant can progressives make themselves? There is a real competition going on. And it’s sweeping the nation: Progressive vs. progressive competing to see who can most flamboyantly claim to be offended; to proclaim that their feelings have been hurt; or that their sensitivities have been rubbed raw; or their serenity disturbed; or their composure discombobulated, by something that someone has said. Or by something they have seen. Such as a Confederate flag or a building named after Woodrow Wilson. But I think progressives are not sufficiently imaginative. There are many more things they could be indignant about. Starting with Washington, D.C. named for George Washington, who was not only a slave owner; he was a tobacco farmer, which some progressives probably think is almost as awful. Washington is not the only name progressives should scrutinize. The word “Oklahoma” is a compound of two words meaning “red” and “people.” If it is intolerable to have a football team named “Redskins,” it must be worse to have a state named “Red People.”

Posted on 06/30/2020
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