Enlightened America Needs to Develop a Backbone and Get Used to Being Called Racist
Have you noticed how our language is changing?
At a congressional hearing on "Birthing While Black," nearly every politician used the words "birthing people" instead of "women" or "mothers." Asked why, Shalanda Young, President Joe Biden's budget director, said, "Our language needs to be more inclusive."
Activists have also changed "equality" to "equity" and "affirmative action" to "diversity."
The Associated Press no longer uses "mistress." It tells reporters to use "companion, friend or lover."
Worse, certain speech is now labeled "violence."
Calling a transgender woman a man is "an act of violence," says transgender actress Laverne Cox.
Last week, the American Booksellers Association apologized for promoting a book on gender dysphoria after activists called it "anti-trans." The book is hardly "anti-trans." The Economist and the Times of London called it one of the best books of the year. But the Booksellers Association actually groveled, calling promoting the book "violent."
Tim Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute says it's dangerous to call words violence.
"The only way human beings can deal with one another is through language, discussion, debate," he says in my new video. "If we say that that's violence, then the only way for us to relate to one another is through power."
I push back. "You're white. Why should anybody listen to you about this?"