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Colin Quinn: Society Has Gone ‘Too Far’ with Politeness, ‘Something Patronizing About It’

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Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” comedian Colin Quinn, author of “The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America,” discussed the current levels of political correctness in American society as it pertains to race.

“It’s not that anybody’s getting anything wrong,” Quinn said. “I feel like if there’s still a problem we’re not breaking through. It’s either people speak in generic polite terms, because they don’t want to lose their jobs, or they pander, or they speak righteous indignation. So there’s nothing in between.”

“It’s words,” he added. “If you say a certain word. I mean, like — this is not just college campuses. This is the whole country.”

Co-host Krystal Ball asked, “Is it a bad thing to try to be more respectful of people?”

Quinn answered, “Yes, Yes!”

Co-host Touré said, “‎I don’t appreciate when folks say they are color blind because being black is part of who I am. You’re taking away something that is critical to who I am.”

Quinn agreed saying, “Exactly! I feel like we’ve gone too far. People are trying to accommodate and placate and there’s something patronizing about it.”

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