Re: Amerind an offensive term (was: Early Amerind assimilation
Stephen Barnard (email@example.com)
Tue, 13 Aug 1996 21:41:29 -0800
Joel and Lynn Gazis-Sax wrote:
> I think it is time to ask Ms. Cockcroft, in all fairness, to explain
> what she meant by this:
> > > > Toby Cockcroft wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Furthermore, I don't see this as an isolated instance of naming. Blacks,
> > > > > women and the disabled (probably all politically incorrect terms) have all
> > > > > fought for control and escape from anglo male culture.
> > > >
> But it is clear to me that Mr. Barnard doesn't understand any humor which is
> not racist in nature.
This is what passes for humor here? It's just too subtle for me, but then I'm a
card-carrying redneck racist, right?
> The term politically correct began as a bit of self-humor
> among Leftists who caricaturized themselves for their occassional boycotts
> and attentativeness to wording. In rereading this yet again, I see Ms. Cockcroft
> echoing the same insider's joke, a dangerous thing because there are plenty of
> humorless, agenda-laden people who happilly convert this into a conspiracy of
> some kind.
So you're *not* agenda laden? Yuck yuck. Is that some more "humor"?
> I didn't see Ms. Cockcroft's original post either, so I suspect that Mr. Barnard
> has done some careful re-editing to make his position seem reasonable.
Your suspicions are unfounded. I quoted her verbatim, and apparently you didn't
even read the quote before diving for the keyboard as soon as you saw the words
> I never accused you of bringing up politically incorrect.
Oh, come on! Other people can actually read, you know. Here's what you wrote:
"Scoundrel bells always go off in my mind when I see the term 'politically
Were the "scoundrel bells" tolling for me or for Ms Cockcroft?
"But to return to Mr. Barnard: I have found that 'politically correct' is most
often invoked by persons who believe that freedom of speech also means freedom
So who feels freedom from rebuke, Ms Cockcroft or I? I think it's *you*.