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Political Correctness

Program #EHRB002. Recorded in Denver, CO on November 02, 1991.

Political Correctness and multiculturalism are volatile and controversial issues in the United State. In this lecture, Ehrenreich uncovers the lies and half-truths to expose the racism, sexism, and homophobia that inform and underlie much of the usage. Widespread use of the terms political correctness and politically correct began when it was adopted as a pejorative term by the political right in the late 1980s. They were invoked to discredit gains made by women and minorities.

Speaker(s):

Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is a social critic, journalist, and activist.  She received a PhD in cell biology from Rockefeller University. In the 1970’s, she was involved with the nascent women’s health movement. After publishing an article in Ms magazine, she became a regular columnist there and with Mother Jones. She is the author of numerous books including such bestsellers as Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, This Land is Their Land and Bright-Sided. In 2012 she founded the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a website designed to place the crisis of poverty and economic insecurity at the center of the national political conversation.

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