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New 'political correctness' law misses real issues


Last week, President Obama signed a bill that seems a perfect exercise in “political correctness.” Amazingly, in a time of legislative deadlock, the bill had passed the Senate unanimously.

The new law removes from federal statutes what are considered derogatory racial terms. For example, “Oriental” is replaced by “Asian American.”

This move gets right at the heart of political correctness. It means that people should not be addressed or labeled by terms they consider offensive. It’s politically correct, because it is bad politics to call people by a name they dislike or associate with discriminatory treatment.


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