P.C. “marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ecology.” (1)
In a debate with Imabench, Roylatham used the following examples to illustrate P.C.
“Identify the PC term in each pair: waitress or server, Mrs. or Ms., prostitute or sex worker, retarded or mentally challenged, terrorist attack or man-caused disaster… Nearly everyone knows what the PC answers are, even if they don't conform." (2)
I assume with the above example and the definition given that there will be little confusion over what P.C. entails in this debate.
Resolved: People ought adhere to Political Correctness.
It is my burden to show that people, on balance, have a moral obligation to adhere to P.C. Whomever accepts will attempt to keep me from meeting this burden.
Why this topic:
To be honest I have never taken P.C. seriously and the purpose of me debating this is to delve into the topic.
The burden of proof in this debate requires I demonstrate a moral obligation. Ethics delves into what ought to be rather than what is. Henry Sidgwick rightly points out a typical flaw made when determining what ought to be done. “we frequently prescribe that this or that `ought' to be done or aimed at without any express reference to an ulterior end,” (1) As John Stuart Mill says “All action is for the sake of some end.” In order to determine what we ought do we must observe what the results will be from that action. What ends are produced? “all the rules of conduct which men prescribe to one another as moral rules are really---though in part unconsciously---prescribed as a means to the general happiness of mankind,” Henry Sidgwick (2) Any moral code is a means to an end. Thus to affirm the resolution that people ought to adhere to P.C. all I need do is show that by doing so the general happiness of mankind is produced or preserved.
The Purpose and Impact of Political Correctness:
By being politically correct we, as a society can avoid needlessly offending whole groups of people. Thus, resulting in greater general happiness of mankind.
The harm that results from the P.C. inept:
Perhaps those reading will recall some of the recent comments made by GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump when he announced he was running.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems [with them]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” (3)
Obviously immigration is an issue in this election, but the crass comments from Donald Trump exemplify the harm that comes from the P.C. Inept. Donald Trump with this short statement effectively insulted and demeaned millions of people. Clearly this type of rhetoric is immoral.
We see that the politically inept insult and demean millions of people, this negatively affects the general happiness of mankind. The purpose and impact of political correctness are to avoid such needless offending and results in greater general happiness of mankind. Therefore, we see that people ought to adhere to political correctness.