Political Correctness treads lightly around African Americans. Shelby Steele's book "White Guilt" is a priceless commentary. You can read my review here.
Recently Professor Jerry Hough of Duke, a school considered to be in the "Ivy League Plus" group, was raked over the Politically Correct coals for saying that the New York Times was not telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about race and the Baltimore riots that involved the torching of a CVS drug store and the looting of condoms.
Hough commented on the NYT website that "Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration."
And Hough was raked over the coals.
Hough did not back down. "I am strongly against the obsession with ‘sensitivity,' The more we have emphasized sensitivity in recent years, the worse race relations have become. I think that is not an accident. I know that the 60 years since the Montgomery bus boycott is a long time, and things must be changed.
The Japanese and other Asians did not obsess with the concentration camps and the fact they were linked with blacks as ‘colored.’
Coach K did not obsess with all the Polish jokes about Polish stupidity. He pushed ahead and achieved. And by his achievement and visibility, he has played a huge role in destroying stereotypes about Poles. Many blacks have done that too, but no one says they have done as well on the average as the Asians."
I love it. Hough mentioned that which Political Correctness renders unmentionable: that many groups in the US have faced discrimination and stereotyping, and that many groups, like Polish-Americans, Slovak-Americans, and other Bohunk Americans, survived, thrived, and overcame through their own hard work with not one ounce of help from Political Correctness.
Professor, we, Polonia, salute you.