(May 9) The Campus: "Upham misunderstands PC"


This op/ed is a direct response to David Upham's second article written two weeks prior in the April 25 issue of The Campus, and also references Kevin Moss's rebuttal to Upham's first letter. This article describes how Political Correctness has become a popular scapegoat for public actions that people dislike. Coyle points out that even as Upham targets Political Correctness as a problem and claims Middlebury is stifling discourse, his articles continue to be printed uncensored. Coyle also notes that if Upham's crusade against homosexuals succeeded, then they would be silenced and criminalized. So it seems Upham isn't actually arguing against persecution or censorship, just for his beliefs to be the dominant world order. Coyle makes an analogy to the persecution and murder of left-handed people in the olden days who were also viewed by some as "intrinsically evil." He looks to a scientific study which shows that about 10% of the population is left handed and about 10% is homosexual, and states that Upham gives no rational argument as to why one would be any more harmful to society than the other. Coyle concludes by saying that PC embodies a greater sensitivity to diversity and inclusion, and though Upham is resentful of having to follow the administration's code of ethics and morality, everyone is accountable to the sexual harassment policy. Here is the article from The Campus' archives, as well as photos of the article as it was originally printed.


Hugh Coyle (Administrative Director of
the Bread Loaf School of English)


May 9, 1991


May 9, 1991, Pg. 24 (T-shirt, Upham:PC 1).pdf
May 9, 1991 Pg. 25 (Upham_FS 1 and 2).pdf
The Campus - %22Upham misunderstands PC%22  .pdf


Hugh Coyle (Administrative Director of the Bread Loaf School of English), “(May 9) The Campus: "Upham misunderstands PC",” Archives of Dissent, accessed February 22, 2024, https://omeka.middlebury.edu/archives_of_dissent/items/show/187.

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