This book is NOT a safe space:
The unintended harm of political correctness
"This book is a real gift, an unusual contribution to the necessary conversation--really an upheaval--about how we, who are a 'this,' a 'that,' and 'an other' are to live with those who are not this, not that, and not the other."
- Dr. Todd Gitlin, (fmr.) Professor of Journalism & Sociology; Chair, Ph.D. Program in Communications, Columbia University
Our Universal Longing for Community (new edition 2023)
"Truly fascinating and an important contribution. We need this message in today’s times.”
- Dr. Karen Wynn, Professor Emerita of Psychology & Cognitive Science at Yale University
Part of a longer review on Amazon:
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2020
Corinna Fales' book, "This Is Not a Safe Space" is a wisdom book, told with stories -- her stories and those of others she grew up with and interviewed. The efforts to enforce a rhetorical orthodoxy, first termed Political Correctness by people on the left and then the right (both hostile to what has come to be termed PC), has become widely adopted. PC, as Fales analyzes it, is an effort to enforce an orthodoxy, or orthodoxies, that primarily serve the ambitions of the enforcers, who generally stand in positions of power -- gatekeepers -- as well as those who wish to obscure their own class power -- something Fales addresses at the end. Like Fales, I have always seen PC as antithetical to what activists fought for in the 1950s and '60s. They fought to dismantle the color line, to allow Black people, like White people, to choose their associates and their cultural forms, as well as to demand respect for people whose cultures and experiences are different from one's own (some things she addresses in greater depth in her earlier book "Different: Our Universal Longing for Community"). The Freedom movement aimed to bring into being a nation in which, as Fales so aptly quotes Martin Luther King Jr, one would be judged by the content of one's character, not the color of one's skin.
One review on Amazon:
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2018
This is a touching and insightful look inside the lives of a group of individuals who lived in a unique rural Pennsylvania college town in the immediate post-World War II era. The author skillfully interviews those who lived and worked at one of the nation's first black colleges, examining their personal stories with a focus on attitudes toward race and income inequalities. These personal stories reveal the true feelings of those who experienced this relatively integrated racial environment well before the Civil Rights legislation that followed later. The personal stories are told with a non-judgmental poignancy that delights the soul. This page-turner captivates the reader while leading us gently to examine our own beliefs about race. The author concludes by summarizing key insights gleaned from these personal interviews leaving the reader with an optimism that racial harmony is possible if goodwill is shown by all. I highly recommend this book.
It is available at: https://a.co/d/0ZYKGHp
Interview with me about being an author featured in Authority Magazine and Thrive Global:
“While We Await A Cure for Alzheimer's: The Mother I Know”
(Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), for Proceedings of A Changing Melody Forum at the 26th International Conference of Alzheimer's International 2011.
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Republished online by hippocampus magazine: memorable creative nonfiction; March 2012.
Instant Help for Children and Teens with Asperger Syndrome”(Instant Help Publications 2005)
(Disseminated internationally to parents, teens, and professionals)
“Digitized Primary Source Documents from the Library of Congress in History and Social Studies Curriculum”
(Library Trends, 45(4), Spring 1997) (co-authored with Chen, E., and Thompson, J.)
(Article excerpted from a field research report for Library of Congress)
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