Political correctness: The great disease in this century

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Some doctoral theses elicit a yawn and collect dust, but the thesis Andy Hopkins is working on may elicit sparks among those who value politically correctness.
Hopkins is the son of Gwen Bartsch, who has a home at Lake Mexia and is an active member of the Mexia Lions Club. He spent 21 years in the Army, specializing as a Korean linguist, cryptographer and military intelligence officer. Now retired from the Army, Hopkins works at Waco’s L3 Technologies, which provides security for military and commercial customers around the world. Hopkins already had an MBA and decided to pursue a doctorate. His thesis is on political correctness and its corrosive effects on people’s lives, freedom and national security.
The United States has a history of embracing free speech, he noted, but as political correctness has grown in strength, free speech has suffered, and Americans now have to be fearful of what they say, write and think.
“We have to be afraid of using the wrong word; a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, racist, sexist or homophobic,” he said. “We’ve seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case … but we now have this situation in our country; and if you do any research in political correctness and where it comes from, your eyes will be opened.”

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