"I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO GET A LOT of hate mail, but quite the opposite," says Brown University senior Jeff Shesol, creator of "Politically Correct Person," one of the characters in the popular Brown Daily Herald comic strip "Thatch."
The favorable response to the introduction of P.C. Person -- fitted out like a superhero in cape, trunks and iron-clad idealism -- suggests "that the P.C. are a real minority," Mr. Shesol believes. But despite their small numbers, he says, "they make a lot of noise and shut down the discussion, which goes against the idea of what the university is all about. . . . Everyone tells stories about their run-ins with P.C.s. It's really a way of life around here and at a lot of schools."
Mr. Shesol, a Rhodes scholar whose major is American and political history, created Politically Correct Person last fall, "to exemplify all the worst tendencies of the P.C. -- the tendencies to label everyone as sexist, racist or homophobic and not really discuss the issues, to close the debate. . . .