Pino at Tarheel Red instigated a fairly spirited discussion on his site yesterday about the extremes to which political correctness has pervaded the national dialogue, particularly in the context of naming sports teams.
I attended Stanford as an undergraduate and have always been rather embarrassed by the name of the school’s athletic teams (Cardinal — not the bird, the color) and its odd mascot (The Tree). Of course, the Stanford Cardinal used to be the Stanford Indians, until the university caved to political correctness in 1972.
The debate on the site reminded me just how far institutions have taken politically correct thoughtcrime in this country. For instance, one of James O’Keefe’s first stings was his demand that Rutgers ban the cereal Lucky Charms from the Rutger’s dining hall because it was offensive to people of Irish descent.
In any reasonable world, O’Keefe’s claim is laughable, yet Rutgers ultimately banned Lucky Charms cereal from the school cafeteria because it negatively stereotyped Irish people.
It is one thing to strike a balance between offending people’s feelings and maintaining free speech, but quite another to support the extent political correctness has run amok in this country.