Political correctness hinders scientific research

Vince Ebert extrapolates: What if political correctness were anti-science?

In the Hollywood blockbuster "Illuminati" there is an attractive particle physicist who generates so much antimatter at CERN that you can use it to wipe out entire cities. Scientifically, of course, that's nonsense. I studied physics for twelve semesters, but still never seen such an attractive particle physicist.

When I tell this joke in my German shows, most of the viewers laugh. I'm currently spending a year in New York and I have to realize that it's different in the USA. When I give lectures at universities or public institutions there, I regularly get a call a few days in advance from the respective equal opportunities officer, who then politely asks me to delete all "sexist and discriminatory" passages in my program.

When you live in the US for a long time, you realize how permeated this country is with political correctness. This is extremely pronounced at universities. In the meantime, even at some universities, the book "Huckleberry Finn" is no longer allowed to be dealt with because Mark Twain used the word "Negro". An Alabama literary scholar created an adjusted version in which all "negros" and "niggers" were deleted. This is politically correct, unfortunately nobody understands what the book is about anymore. Even the word "black" is tricky in the US. If you are asked in the university cafeteria how you want your coffee, the best thing to do is to say: »African American«.

Against extremely conservative forces

Political Correctness arose in the 1980s. At that time, a movement was formed at American universities that called for people not to be discriminated on the basis of their skin color, a disability or a certain sexual orientation. The students created so-called speech codes, which also included the female language form or minorities. At this point in time, there was a great need for action in this regard. Stick conservative forces dominated the debates at the time, and open intolerance towards minorities was socially accepted.

An intolerable situation that fortunately has changed for the better over the past few decades. Even if, of course, many things are not yet perfect, American society should actually be happy about this positive development. Paradoxically, just the opposite happens. In the meantime, the completely thoughtless question "Where are you from?" Is seen as discrimination at some American universities. Because this could lead to blanket, ethnic prejudices.

The phrase “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” is on the index at Californian universities as well as “America is the land of opportunity”. After all, the latter could indicate that if you don't take your chance, it's your own fault.