May 13, 2014

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Last Acceptable Prejudice? Faculty Online Discussion Raises Concern About Bias Against Appalachians And Poor Whites. “Such comments are common at various campuses, and that faculty members who would carefully consider whether their comments might offend members of many groups do not feel the same need to be sensitive to those from poor, largely white, rural communities in Appalachia. People from Appalachia wrote of being asked at colleges and universities such things as when they started to wear shoes. . . . Terms like “hillbilly” or “redneck” demean, she said, yet they are used all the time in most parts of society, including academe. Kent places much of the blame on Hollywood, which makes films and television shows that play off the stereotypes. But she asks why professors — who know to question some Hollywood stereotypes — don’t do so here.”

Because political correctness is all about letting one group of white people feel superior to another group of white people. And these are that other group of white people.