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LIBERALS ARGUE THAT being politically correct is respecting the human dignity and personhood of other individuals and groups. Conservatives tend to use the term “political correctness” as a derogatory description of what they see as an attempt to ban anti-liberal speech. They insist that political correctness is an attempt by liberal professors to indoctrinate students with liberal thinking. The political correctness movement began on the campuses of colleges and universities among liberal academicians who were concerned about the effects of abusive speech on the ability of certain groups to receive an education. In response to that concern, many campuses defined abusive language as “hate speech” and instituted speech codes that banned such speech on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ethnic/national origin, and sexual ...

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