‘Don’t Go Around Just Looking For Insults’: Obama Goes After Safe Space Political Correctness
In a lengthy ‘exit’ interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, President Barack Obama discussed a wide range of topics surrounding policy issues and the direction of the country. However, the one that may get the most attention was his opinion on political correctness and how some liberals and progressives rely on it too much.
When asked by Inskeep if President-elect Donald Trump was right that political correctness has gone too far in this country, the outgoing POTUS provided a measured response, explaining it is a “tricky issue.”
While stating that Trump’s definition of the term would likely be different than his, Obama said there shouldn’t be anything wrong with political correctness if it is seen as a broad disapproval over the use of derogatory terms towards racial, ethnic or other minority groups, especially if context and history are provided.
However, if PC is defined as hypersensitivity that prevents people from even being able to express their opinions without somebody claiming victimhood and everybody left “walking on eggshells,” then Obama felt you have a point.
He then advised the left against using political correctness as a cudgel to stop debate.
My advice to progressives like myself, and this is advice I give my own daughters is don’t go around just looking for insults. You’re tough. If somebody says something you don’t agree with, just engage them on their ideas.
But you don’t have to feel that somehow because you’re a black woman that you’re being assaulted.
Obama also hit conservatives, especially those in the media, for making making mountains out of molehills many times over political correctness, such as the War on Christmas.
Some high-profile liberals have railed against political correctness and said Trump either won because people are tired of it or expressed relief that Trump’s election will hopefully get rid of PC culture.
Watch the entire interview above via NPR. (Obama starts talking about PC around the 40 minute mark.)
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