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Teenager Suspended for Saying ‘Illegal Alien’ in School

For two long decades, we’ve been tiptoeing down a slippery slope, watching as political correctness and linguistic gymnastics chip away at the bedrock of common sense in our most important institutions. The absurdity of terms like “birthing person” and “uterus owners” are a real example of the erosion of our language and culture. People who do not adhere are punished, even children.

Take, for instance, the recent debacle in Davidson County, North Carolina, where 16-year-old Christian McGhee found himself suspended for three days. His crime? Merely using the term “illegal alien” during a class discussion—a phrase deemed too politically incorrect, despite its accuracy. This incident is a glaring example of the Woke’s relentless march through our institutions, imposing their will through policies, indoctrination sessions masquerading as “training,” and fearmongering to ensure compliance.

When we start replacing “illegal aliens” with “undocumented migrants,” the political motivations behind these changes become painfully clear. This is not natural language evolution, this is about imposing a worldview that they try to force everyone to believe in. The term “politically correct” itself, once a tool of communist regime control, has morphed into a favored tool of Wokeism to strip us of free speech.

The case of Christian McGhee in North Carolina is a symptom of a pervasive problem. Here we have a young man, punished by school bureaucrats dogmatically enforcing a woke ideology deeply embedded in the fabric of public education. The outpouring of support for the McGhees, including offers of legal assistance, underscores the gravity of the situation. In today’s climate, being branded a racist, when you clearly are not, can have devastating consequences, a reality the McGhees are wisely choosing not to face alone.

As this saga unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder of the stakes involved in the battle over language and ideas. If we allow the opinions of the few to dictate the terms of discourse, penalize the innocent for thought crimes, and erode the foundations of free expression, then we surrender more than words—we forfeit our very way of life.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.