Bad Wolf, on 20 April 2013 - 01:30 PM, said:
I'm on a mobile device and so not really able to fully articulate my antipathy for using "political correctness" as if it were a dirty term in the context of justifying a violation of civil rights. In the US it actually IS the case that profiling is bad just because of race. Why? Because that's the law. Racism is bad.Period. If you want to advocate in favor of racism in a given situation then go for it but please at least have the intellectual integrity to admit that's what you're doing instead of using inane phrases like "political correctness" to pretend that you are not in fact advocating in favor of racism.
Okay, catching up on the thread.
It is a neat trick to use the pokitically correct impulse to stigmatize the phrase "politically correct." A bit of recursion.
Civil rights are not absolute and invioble.
When profiling is used to find a kidnapped child, or catch a violent offender, profiling is good. When profiling is used to oppress or sell, it is generally bad in my view.
But it is an effective tool.
From there you launch a personal attack, slightly qualified with "if" suggesting that I am advocating racism, and lack intellectual integrity.
How utterly charming, but utterly incongruent with you judging "intellectual integrity" in any way.