Letters to the Editor

Defining ‘political correctness’

There are emails going around that imply that President Truman, Gen. MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz had a discussion via telegrams about MacArthur’s description of the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Gen. MacArthur supposedly asked what was wrong with his description and President Truman replied that it was not politically correct.

Gen. MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz then supposedly ask what “politically correct” was. President Truman answered, (again, supposedly) political correctness is a doctrine recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of excrement by the clean end.

Not a fact but, its a great definition.

It should be noted that the term “political correctness” did not come into vogue until the mid- ’80s.

Carl Bales, Belleville

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