Sunday, July 26, 2020

Political opinion and right-wing "political correctness"

In "Political Correctness Is Destroying America! (Just Not How You Think.)", Jon Schwarz's examples of right-wing political consensus in the United States include the public pressure that led Jon Stewart to retract his 2009 statement on "The Daily Show" that Harry Truman was "a war criminal" for dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. I had a similar, private experience in the 1990s: in a discussion with relatives born before the war, I argued that even if Hiroshima might be defensible, I found Nagasaki to be at least bordering on a war crime. I was shouted down; the idea was unthinkable to them. Unlike Stewart, though, I did not retract my statement. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 26 July)


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