America’s diversity should be the source of its solutions for the 21st century. Many err in believing nostalgia or technocracy can unite us. Yet lamenting the present by embracing the past will not prepare us for the future.
We are in a time of heightened political correctness which is beginning to disturb many in the academy and the wider public. Political correctness is not a new phenomenon, but it largely subsided for the first decade of the 2000s before returning with a vengeance in the last few years.
In America, it seems religious sanitation, not religious accommodation, is the direction we’re heading. Rather than affirming and valuing the diversity of (what might seem) strange, divergent, and conflicting religious views of our citizens, we attempt to enforce an impossible form of religious neutrality.
For those of us living in any one of America’s large cities (New York, Washington, etc.), gentrification is likely a term we are familiar with. Over the last decade or so, these cities—many of which had become known for their high levels of poverty and crime—have experienced an influx of wealthy, educated residents.
“Security is everyone’s responsibility…”
As it rarely is, my attention was caught by the voice on the airport PA system. Over the years, I’ve become used to the obnoxious drone, “Is that your bag?” but this was new. I replayed the message in my mind: “Security is everyone’s responsibility.” This was more than a generic public service announcement. Perhaps[...]