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A House Divided

What seems to be an unavoidable reality is that we don’t know each other very well anymore. And I don’t mean in the what’s your name sense or the city/country divide sense. I mean that we don’t share the same narrative, the same sense of reality. Can we agree on facts? Can we agree on what is actually happening? Can we agree on who we are? Can we agree on what it means to be American?

Don't Cry Wolf on 'Cultural Appropriation'

As sociology begins to examine the finer points of our societal evils — institutionalized racism, implicit bias, etc. — we must be careful not to apply legitimate academic findings to a witch hunt of political correctness. Yes, political correctness is valuable in the sense that we should all be respectful of each other and exercise courtesy in our interactions, but when we begin to limit cultural exchange or free speech in the name of acceptance, we illegitimatize helpful attempts to build a more inclusive society.