Ultra-navel-gazing moment: My Oberlin College classmate Bill Scher reminisces about bright college days:
As I have mentioned before, Michelle and I went to Oberlin together in the early 90s and are still friends.
Outrage against “P.C” reached a critical mass while we were there. (1990 was when Newsweek ran its “Thought Police” cover story.)
While this hysteria was way overblown nationwide, Oberlin was the kind of place where P.C. unofficially reigned. Offering a contrarian viewpoint — especially when using bombastic language — could lose you friends. I speak from experience, and I know Michelle has her stories too.
…So I don’t understand.
In any event, “Conservative Correctness” should be called out for what it is. Mischief making.
For whatever excesses have occurred under the umbrella of “P.C.,” at least the intentions were generally honorable — mainly, trying to rid society of debilitating bigotry.
“Conservative Correctness” is not well intentioned. It’s simply just about intimidating people who disagree with you.
And it will not end with this episode.
I didn’t know her in college, but Michelle Malkin’s brand of hysteria-mongering seems very familiar to me because of the environment that Bill speaks of. And actually, it always seemed to me that the PC left learned their tactics from McCarthy and the religious right. There’s nothing new under the sun.
Maybe this gives some idea as to why “civil debate” is a big deal on this site.