- John McWhorter: Critics who demand that President, others say "radical Islam" are missing the point
- Semantics alone cannot effect change; we should expect better from ourselves than insults, he says
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)In the wake of the hideous murder spree in Orlando, Republicans are once again hating on Democrats for describing America as in a battle against terrorism rather than "radical Islam." Their charge displays, as it has in the past in response to similarly tragic incidents, a striking lack of maturity.