What Gave You the Idea We Were Politically Correct?
An Industrial psychologist discussed what he thought was "blue state" bias during the convention--and mentioned that speakers there made disparaging references to "red state" officials and showed a viewing of Outfoxed, a film that criticizes alleged right-wing bias in Fox News. One of the leaders of the conference stated that the APA "respects" (note he does not say believes in) free speech and wants to make sure that all perspectives are respected and not silenced. (So I guess next they'll be showing Michael Moore Hates America, right? Right.) APA President Ronald Levant stated that these concerns are being addressed by a Task Force on Diversity and the chair of the Policy & Planning board stated that APA has trained its leaders to have "difficult dialogues" with people of divergent views.
Wow guys, for an organization who states its purpose is to promote a welcoming climate for all psychologists, a lot of us are not feeling it. One APA member recently wrote a letter to the editor stating that "traditionalist views on gender, homosexuality, family and a host of other issues are currently not welcome at APA." "Diversity," the writer states, "has been redefined into a kind of narrow politicism, where differing world views are not only summarily dismissed, but the holders of such views are actually punished."
The APA overall is a well-intentioned organization but they live in a bubble like so many other professional organizations. Maybe they should open up the top and let a little fresh air in--it would be good for all of us.