Political correctness enables bigotry

Cathy Young meets a graffiti in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Political correctness enables bigotry both by trivializing it  —  if you can be called a racist for wearing a sombrero on Halloween or a misogynist for admiring sexy women, the words lose much of their bite  —   and by green-lighting it when it’s directed at “privileged” groups.

When comments like “yet another opinion from an old white man” become weapons of choice in what passes for debate in PC culture, the principle that people should not be attacked or demeaned on the basis of race, gender, or other aspects of who they are becomes increasingly difficult to defend.

— Words by Cathy Young / Photo by Claudio Maria Lerario