Recently, I began a discussion on Facebook about censorship and the current malignant culture of Political Correctness. The responses obtained have convinced me that perhaps it's a good time to repost a lecture I delivered in 1997 at Vermont College and which was later published in several publications, including my story collection, GUMBO YA-YA, published by Spinetingler Press. Although I've published it here several times, it just seems like now a repost might be timely. I think if you read it, the signs of where PCism was heading were evident even back then. What I didn't foreseee at the time is the extent that politicians, academia and the mainstream press would kowtow to the culture of being "politically correct." It's simply astounding... and frightening--at least to me.
Anyway, here's the whole article. I've bolded a few areas I feel particularly relevant. Be forewarned: There are instances of cursing, etc. Here goes: