Taking down the flag of slavery was a no-brainer. But now what? Remain fixated on symbols and buzzwords or wrestle with institutionalized injustice?
Political correctness is actually a form of racism that provides us liberal elites with rhetorical distractions so we never have to confront deeper issues. We ban great novels by Mark Twain and Joseph Conrad because they contain the N-word, even though they brilliantly analyze the psychology of racism. We obsess over the precious distinction between a “hate crime” and “murder.” We censure each others’ honest dialogue. We punish anyone who doesn’t speak from the PC lexicon.