Saturday, June 3, 2017


Are there standard definitions for these two concepts? People keep using them to refer to so many different situations that it seems as if they are part of a larger agenda beyond what they are being used for. Do any of the following statements belong in any of those two categories:

- using or not words that are offensive to a group of people
- including or excluding diverse histories and opinions as they relate to particular communities
- preventing or not a person from a particular group from physically attacking a member of another group simply because of the difference

Somehow, it seems as if someone or a group created these two concepts with the clear purpose of putting on the defensive those who believe in a more just and inclusive society.

If you read Spanish, the essay on Puerto Rican, colonial and anglo-saxon identities and children's literature begins to explore some of the answers to these questions:

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