Even more depressing is that I foresaw political correctness 43 years ago.
In Fahrenheit 451, too?
Yes. [At one point, another character,] the fire chief, describes how the minorities, one by one, shut the mouths and minds of the public, suggesting a precedent: The Jews hated Fagin and Shylock—burn them both, or at least never mention them. The blacks didn’t like Nigger Jim floating on Huck’s raft with him—burn, or at least hide, him. Women’s libbers hated Jane Austen as an awfully inconvenient woman in a dreadfully old-fashioned time—off with her head! Family-values groups detested Oscar Wilde—back in the closet, Oscar! Communists hated the bourgeoisie—shoot them! And on and on it goes. So whereas back then I wrote about the tyranny of the majority, today I’d combine that with the tyranny of the minorities. These days, you have to be careful of both. They both want to control you. The first group, by making you do the same thing over and over again. The second group is indicated by the letters I get from the Vassar girls who want me to put more women’s lib in The Martian Chronicles, or from blacks who want more black people in Dandelion Wine.
Do you respond to them?
I say to both bunches, “Whether you’re majority or minority, bug off!” To hell with anybody who wants to tell me what to write. Their society breaks down into subsections of minorities who then, in effect, burn books by banning them. All this political correctness that’s rampant on campuses is b.s. You can’t fool around with the dangerous notion of telling a university what to teach and what not to. If you don’t like the curriculum, go to another school. Faculty members who toe the same line are sanctimonious nincompoops! It’s time to stop the trend. Whenever it appears, you should yell, “Idiot!” and back them down. In the same vein, we should immediately bar all quotas, which politicize the process through lowered admission standards that accept less-qualified students. The terrible result is the priceless chance lost by all.
So you disapprove of affirmative action?
The whole concept of higher education is negated unless the sole criterion used to determine if students qualify is the grades they score on standardized tests. Education is purely an issue of learning—we can no longer afford to have it polluted by damn politics. Leave pollution up to the politicians [laughs].
Ссылка: Conversations with Ray Bradbury (fsu.edu)
BRADBURY: I’m talking about top-flight people like those at IBM, Apple, AT&T. If corporations don’t take over the educational system soon, we’ll end up with all black-and-brown cities surrounded by white-flight small towns, which are under construction even as we speak. You can’t blame whites for getting the hell out. City governments have neglected the biggest factor in our criminal environment—education. Kindergarten. First grade. If we don’t change those immediately, we’ll raise another generation of empty-headed dummies. If you let boys grow up as that, when they reach the age of ten they’re bored, drop out, take dope, rob stores, rape—all that good stuff. Our jails overflow with illiterates who have been ignored by our city leaders. Jails should be run as schools, where kids are taught the basics, instead of spending a billion dollars a day just to keep them locked up. The government should stop sending schools money until they prove they are teaching reading and writing. We should fire half the teachers right now. This is an emergency—we’re raising a criminal culture in all races and every walk of life by not teaching kids how to read and write. That scares me more than anything, yet I don’t hear anyone else talking about the primary grades—where our future lies. The corporations I mention are getting involved more and more in magnet school relationships with local schools. The reasoning is hardly utopian—it’s actually a selfish endeavor since they must educate the kids who grow up to be a part of their companies.
О существовании интервью рассказал Пробежий в ФБ.
В этом же интервью о ЛосАнджелских погромах 1992 года.
ЗЫ: это не для дискуссий выложено, просто пар выпускаю. :))