JOE OKONKWO

Author of the award-winning novel Jazz Moon

writer

Tell it, Toni

One of my favorite quotes, from my favorite writer incidentally.

The term "p.c." has become shorthand for discrediting ideas.  You're not stripping language by requiring people to be sensitive to other peoples' pain.  What I think the the p.c. debate is really about is the power to define.  The definers want the power to name.  And the defined are now taking that power away from them. —Toni Morrison