The vanity of the PC police

Luis Torres, a sophomore at Ithaca College, wants you to be offended. And he believes you should thank him for it.

Torres started an Internet campaign called Nude Awakening to shame Merriam-Webster and coax it into changing its entry for the definition of nude.

  • having no clothes on
  • of or involving people who have no clothes on
  • having the color of a white person’s skin

“People often do not realize the smaller acts of racism lead to internalized hate and racism within communities of color and within white communities,” he told Mic.com. “Looking up the definition of ‘nude’ and seeing that even academic sources perpetuate the idea that white skin is more relevant … or just simply important, is detrimental to the psyche of people of color. Language is how we all communicate, and when words are designed and defined to be exclusive, it can be hurtful and harmful.”

Ah, another micro aggression. No one bothered to ask Torres to cite any acts of racism prompted by Merriam-Webster. Not that it matters.

Or point him to another dictionary entry.

mi·cro
noun
  1. extremely small.

Doublespeak, so to speak

Cobb County CEO Tim Lee put his name on a pro-police letter to the editor written by his assistant who, it turns out, didn’t write it, either.

Kellie Brownlow, who makes $105,000 a year in the executive role of deputy chief in Lee’s office, said she authored the letter for Lee, and acknowledged in an interview with the AJC that she took passages from Houlihan’s text. Brownlow said she did not tell Lee about using entire sentences from another source.

Brownlow said it is “common in political discourse for rhetorical phrases and language that concisely makes the point, or words that work, to be repeated.”

Actually, it is not common in political discourse for rhetorical phrases and language that concisely makes the point, or words that work, to be repeated.

What’s really sad is Brownlow probably worked for hours to come up with that nonsense.

“Well framed phrases and words are commonly repeated in public discourse. This was a letter to the editor, not an academic paper,” Brownlow said.

Imagine her blog posts.

Her boss Hogg  didn’t seem too bothered by his assistant’s dishonesty.

Lee did not answer directly when asked Tuesday if it is acceptable for his deputy chief to plagiarize in his name: “I’m not sure where you’re going, but it doesn’t change the intent of the message, and that’s all I have to say about that.”