President Obama criticized liberals’ use of political correctness to shut down debates over legitimate issues in an interview with NPR.
Obama noted that some debates feel “like walking on eggshells” because political correctness forces people to hold back their point of view.
“If somebody says, ‘You know what, I’m not sure affirmative action is the right way to solve racial problems in this country,’ and they’re immediately accused of being racist, well, then I think you have a point,” Obama explained.
“My advice to progressives like myself, and this is advice I give my own daughters … is don’t go around just looking for insults,” he added. “You’re tough. If somebody says something you don’t agree with, just engage them on their ideas. But you don’t have to feel that somehow because you’re a black woman that you’re being assaulted.”
Obama also slammed conservatives for their own version of political correctness.
“You’ll hear somebody like a Rush Limbaugh, or other conservative commentators … who are very quick to jump on any evidence of progressives being ‘politically correct’ but who are constantly aggrieved and hypersensitive about the things they care about,” he said.