Maine Public

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon discussed political correctness and police accountability with Jennifer Rooks on Maine Public July 2. Hanlon’s main argument is that “political correctness shields police and police departments from public accountability and public scrutiny.”  Protecting police, soldiers, and first responders in discourse is a form of right-leaning political correctness, Hanlon said. “There is this feeling that it’s kind of distasteful to criticize people who are in a really dangerous or stressful situation if you yourself have never been in that situation. The problem with that thinking is it can end up letting people off the hook in situations where they owe the public better conduct,” he concluded.

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