It is a sad commentary on how far we’ve gone with political correctness that a person with good intentions cannot make a mistake without losing his job. Professor Jon Bolen of Simpson College appears to have had only the best of intentions. He spoke the unspeakable N-word when giving an example of how the word the R-word, redskin, can be hurtful to indigenous people, especially when used as part of the name of a professional football team in Washington. He made a sincere apology and agreed that he should have simply used the term “N-word” instead of the actual word that it stands for. He should simply be forgiven. But this is what happens when a zero-tolerance policy or attitude is adopted. We are not teaching our children well. Humans make mistakes. Intentions do make a difference. I hope that there is a groundswell of support for professor John Bolen.
Link to article in The Des Moines Register: