Letter: Political correctness is search for justice

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To the editor:

This letter is first of all by way of thanks to Eagle editors for giving so much precious space to clear thinking, well-written, timely and informative essays by such journalists and authorities as Dana Milbank, Michael Gerson, Paul Krugman and others. I include among them, of course, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, whose piece published Jan. 2) introduced the subject, among others, of "political correctness." And thus the second reason I've been motivated to venture a public comment.

As we have been reminded all too often recently, words matter. Yes, words matter, and no two words have been more egregiously misused and distorted than "political correctness." The term has become, in the mouths of the president-elect and his cohorts, a pejorative. This is unconscionable.

I am reminded of one of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most insightful and trenchant statements: "True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice." Political correctness is no more or no less than a description for the search for justice in this troubled society of ours. We will need more political correctness, not less, as both true peace and justice come under siege in the months and years to come.

Marc Jaffe,

Williamstown





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