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Political Correctness

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Started: 11/1/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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skier96

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A school in Portland, Oregon has stated that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are now racist due to the fact that it's culturally different from those of Latin American origins who's main grain is pita bread rather than white bread. Also University of Missouri students claim that their stature of Thomas Jefferson is offensive. Not only are people trying to find racism where racism doesn't exist, they're trying to erase American history. We need to calm down with everything being racist, sexist, etc. The world isn't perfect and will never accommodate to everyone's feelings, so it's time to develop a tougher skin and stop with all this political correctness.
Francesco_Finucci

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There are reasons to be wary of censorship in the public debate, but the "political correctness" discourse is in my opinion mainly overrated or plainly abused. The examples you provided were used to highlight a loss of the cultural features of America, but I think the debate over what is a legitimate expression of one's own thought should distinguish between what is that we consider acceptable or not. This primarily affects our understanding of what "American culture" is. You can't let this element unchallenged, if you want to promote the defence of culture itself, as the understanding of culture must be challenged in order for culture to survive and prosper.

The institution of what you named "political correctness" takes place at the origin of what public debate should do in modelling the society's self-consciousness. To do it - as in all human relations - you need to develop a minimum amount of accepted rules. No doubt these rules often are responsive to power dynamics, especially in the cultural milieu. But their roots are in the need for the creation of a political environment where fairness promotes freedom of expression (but also freedom from humiliation, discrimination and threats). The core element to be envisaged as the creation of a social model where discrimination is used as a power lever is in the same exploitation of a us/them binary logic, that's what makes many defenders of tolerance go mental in the cultural nationalist discourse.

The key for an effective "political correctness" - or, better. intellectual honesty and freedom from humiliation - is the hypersensitivity in the audience and in media outlets face to abusive behaviours, understood as behaviours that are aimed at undermining the dignity of an individual or a group of individuals. This may include - to a lesser degree - the case when this outcome is unintentional.

I honestly disagree with media outcries, affirmative action and awareness groups in general as they split society, instead of re-uniting it. Also, I disagree with the idea that an idea or a feeling must be demonised, even the ones a tolerant and open-minded person should find horrible. This because a feeling is not something over which we have an absolute control. But we control their outcomes, we refine them with our self-consciousness and by understanding what we deem right or wrong. Everybody feels bad, angry, hateful, because everybody gets pain or fear. And everyone's darker side emerges once in a while, even when there's no fear or pain. But socially, when this facet becomes a behaviour, we have to say something and intervene as not being "politically correct" would mean guaranteeing the suffering of those who are object of discrimination and hatred. Good and evil are far from being clear in their essence, but violence is. Promoting correctness means standing against it, whoever the victim and whatever their crimes. This is part of the American heritage too.
Debate Round No. 1
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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by PonticGreekMacedonian 1 year ago
PonticGreekMacedonian
I agree with you skier!!! If people come to a country they must respect it and not change it just to make them feel better. Here in Australia the School board is changing school from Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays because it might offend people. It is just so ridiculous!!!
Posted by skier96 1 year ago
skier96
http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
http://www.latimes.com...

Now these are only two instances, however if anyone disagrees with me and thinks political correctness has not gone too far, I would love for someone to challenge me so I can pull up more of these articles.
Posted by GoOrDin 1 year ago
GoOrDin
liar is the instigator
Posted by Greg4586 1 year ago
Greg4586
Do you have a source for what you said in round one. I actually kinda want to read about that.
Posted by Phenenas 1 year ago
Phenenas
I agree. Political correctness is a joke.
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