On college campuses, in the media, and in Democrat-held areas, there’s a war between the perpetually-offended, politically correct Leftists and those on the Right who run in the opposite direction of every ‘safe space’ that crosses their path. A new study has found that in the rest of the country however, there is no such left-right divide on the issue of political correctness, there’s simply bipartisan disdain for it.
A new study called “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape,” found that most Americans don’t fall into the left/right dichotomy when it comes to how we’re supposed to think about certain social issues (such as how liberals are “supposed” to support Collin Kaepernick, and conservatives oppose). In fact, the study found much unity on cultural issues, and that Americans generally detest PC culture, regardless of their ideology.
According to The Atlantic, in an article summarizing the study’s key findings:
- According to the report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.”
- Most members of the “exhausted majority,” and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.”
Surprisingly, while most people would typically view young people as the motor behind PC culture, that cohort is also mostly opposed to it. While 80 percent oppose PC culture overall, in the age 24-29 demographic, opposition is still an impressive 74 percent. Even among the average liberal, 61 percent oppose PC culture. The only group that strongly backs politically correctness is progressive activists, only 30 percent of which see it as a problem.
Recent years have provided an inexhaustible amount of ridiculous examples of PC culture run amok:
At Oberlin College, students demanded that all grades below a “C” be banned (I guess so everyone gets to pretend that they’ve above average), and that’s not even the craziest bit of “activism” to come from that school. A personal favorite is when students revolted against the “racist food” in their cafeteria. Why was it racist? Because white people were cooking ethnic foods (the horror!).
At the University of Missouri, at a vigil for those massacred in the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting by a radical Islamist, one student activist and speaker chastised the crowd for putting their interests ahead of “people of color.” I’ll remind you – this was at an event for people that were just murdered, many of whom were “people of color.”
At the University of Notre Dame, students walked out during Mike Pence’s Commencement Address for upholding the Catholic values their students are supposed to uphold at the Catholic university.
And how many conservative speakers have we seen shouted down at college campuses in recent years? That problem has gotten so bad that Bill Maher routinely blasts the behavior of his fellow liberals – and even Obama has come out to warn that PC culture on campus leads to “coddled” students.
Everyone seems to have gotten the memo that PC culture is a cancer – with the exception of an increasingly vocal segment of the far-left.
Let’s hope they never get the memo.