When was the last time that you had to pause and wonder whether or not something was politically correct?
Chances are, you’ve been angered at one point or another about someone else taking offense at a comment, becoming overly sensitive about something in the media, or just raging about something they saw during their day to day life. This over-sensitivity has become pervasive in our society. During the January 28th GOP debate, Dr. Ben Carson said that “We need to stop allowing political correctness to dictate our policies.”
Carson’s quote is true, and not just about policies: it’s also true about our lives. Today’s society encourages us to engage in hurtful and destructive name-calling at the first realization that an individual’s views might differ from our own. However, using terms like “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” “anti-Semite,” or “bigot,” in a loose setting in an attempt to outcast another makes you no better than the person you are attacking.
On campuses where the label “professor” often comes with a leaning towards the left, political correctness trends can creep into the classroom. Of course it’s important to be respectful and to express integrity in the classroom, but by no means should we be avoiding real issues because our opinions may not appeal to everyone. The tendencies of liberal professors to be politically correct lead to intellectual blind spots, and these liberal professors now outnumber conservatives five to one on college campuses. While conservatives still tend to dominate other fields and professions such as big business and the military, the politically minded homogeneity of the professors at colleges could be damaging the diversity of these future work forces.
Sitting in a lecture with a professor bashing capitalism or praising big government social programs can be frustrating, but rather than feel fearful and intimidated, we must be reminded that they are teaching liberalism rather than fact. College campuses were intended to be places for growth and learning. Higher education should should be a safe haven for new ideas and challenging views; but for young conservatives such as myself, being stuck in such liberal surroundings creates unique challenges. Either we allow our beliefs to be stifled by left wing professors, administrators, and peers, or we find ourselves fueled, motivated, and driven by the opposition that we face to stand up for what we believe in.
Which will you choose?