Being in my eighties i have seen an awful lot of change in this country, yes some for the better, but in the main NO, we have become a nation that is afraid to confront the politically correct brigade, the rules and regulations that are forever being introduced by un elected bureaucrats in the European union beggars belief, time me thinks for a radical change in the way this country should go forward.
I think that when someone in the public eye for example says something shocking, we as a whole dont take an honest enough look at ourselves. Obviously it's not ok to say some things out loud that we think to ourselves, but I feel we often lose perspective of our own views in public situations like these.
And stop being so precious - grow up people! If you want a good slogan how about we go back to the good old "Calling a spade - a spade". Everyone is different to everyone else - so what. Everyone has different opinions - that's great!, that's life, and life is variety.
It has become impossible to state what you really think sometimes because it may be considered politically incorrect, however inside yourself you know it's what you believe, it's what you're thinking and probably what a lot of other people like yourself are thinking but daren't say because they will be slated for it. Political correctness is bullying. There are too many people who think that minority groups need their precious help to stand up for themselves, which is what makes these namby pambys feel superior, thereby making THEM the true racists.
I feel that Political Correctness violates the First Amendment; therefore, it should be made unconstitutional to use it. This form of thought control which it is, led to Communism in Russia back in the last century. People need to learn to respect each other. You don't have to like everyone you meet, but in the end, we are all human beings with different backgrounds and different skin tones. No one race is better than the other. I would hope that your parents taught you better than to call people derogatory terms. Minorities and women should not be treated as second class citizens either. At the same time, nobody should be chastised or have their words taken out of context when they offer an opinion (to the point that it ruins their lives-remember that what goes around, comes around). Remember what your parents taught you-ignore stupid people. I think the internet has made things worse. Having an opinion without the threat of being killed for it, is what makes this country great. Remember that what the few try to push on the masses, backfires on them as well. Once you silence one set of voices, the political correct ones will also be silenced and no one will be allowed to have an opinion. Just think about that.
To expect people to filter their thoughts and speech to avoid offending someone is unrealistic and naïve. Ethnic and racial jokes, if exaggerated and containing a thread of truth, are often very funny, because they comment on the humorous aspects of cultural differences.
Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, all make fun of their cultures. A sense of humor is necessary to avoid taking oneself too seriously.
Every time I hear anyone utter the words, "That's not Politically Correct!". I just hear, "Shut up slave!". Freedom of speech should have no limits, in any context, with any intent. If anyone has anything offensive to get across it is going to come across offensive regardless of whether it is PC or not. It is ludicrous to forfeit simple freedoms with the false hope of not being offended.
I have a problem with political correctness when it's used as an excuse to censorship. No matter what a person says or how respectfully they present it, if something is controversial someone will always find a way to be offended it. People need to remember to use their common sense to know when someone is trying to offend you or not, instead of just victimizing yourself every time someone says something sarcastic or dirty, because true instances of hate speech or offensive behavior is usually pretty blatant.
Words that have been used for centuries and repeated for decades by our senior citizens, correction older folks, correction elderly challenged persons, are no longer excepted? This is absurd. The new generation, especially the liberals, needs to get over it. I agree that some words have no room in our language, but if they are not allowed by some they need not e allowed by all. It won't be long and language will be abolished and instead of freedom of speech there will be no speech. I am almost afraid to submit this, but what to Hell can they do? Send the IRS to get me.
Recently the Australian Labor party attempted to introduce new legislation making it illegal to publish articles the 'offend' the attempt failed but it really highlights where we at. So long as there's not malicious intent behind your words is it really than you should have the right to say your view on an issue
The headline pretty much sums it up!
50 words to reiterate:
People in the US do not have the "right" to never be offended but do have the RIGHT to Free Speech!
We protect the wrong thing with political correctness!
It is impossible to ensure that people are never offended and we shouldn't. I, for example, and offended every day that Obama and his administration is in office!
It is a shame that we must disguise truth to avoid conflict. I am particularly sensitive to not harming another being needlessly but I am also adamant that issues be addressed with facts and the truth. Avoiding naming things is mostly silly and serves no other than to obfuscate problems that need to be raised and addressed in an adult manner. The current plethora of words and concepts that may not be uttered is absolutely childish.
America based on freedom of speech. As long as our comments do no harm to another person we should be free to express our opinions. If a person believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman should they be afraid to express their opinion? We are all individuals and should be free to have our own opinions, express these opinions and even debate these opinions. Through expression and debate, who knows, some people may change their minds! Suppressing conversation accomplishes nothing.
When the main concern is to not offend someone people forget how important it is to call things what they are. PC often minimizes the scale of an issue and hides true feelings and frustrations about it. However, often enough tackling issues head on without the extra fluff is the way of solving them.
It seems the political left has been at it again making us obey all of the politicians' B.S. If I wanna call someone a derogatory term to describe them (which I wouldn't), it's my freedom of speech. I'm not hurting them or endangering them or their families. Sure it'd be great if everybody was nice to everyone but that's just not the world we live in. Besides, if someone starts racially attacking someone, people aren't gonna take kindly to that person, and will probably end up shutting his mouth for him; in short, we don't need the radical left to tell us we HAVE to be anally P.C. Also, if somebody does end up hurting someone else because they really are racially attacking them (which outside of the KKK and other rare cases doesn't happen 100% for that reason), then those people will be arrested and the myth that the bullcrap politicians insistence on everyone being politically correct is protecting us will be thrown out the window. There are basic laws meant to deter us from killing each other. Sure hate is a sad thing but political correctness don't to a bit of good for anybody.
While I am not one who condones slurs, I do believe believe being PC has reached levels of insanity. Just look at the JCP "Hitler Teapot" Controversy. When billboards are removed because some see Hitler in a stainless steel kettle with a cool touch handle, when they squint, something is very wrong. People are bending over backwards to please others who lack a firm grip on reality, rational and reasoning. Some schools now ban grading papers in red ink because it may frighten children. And while on the subject of children, several are made to feel like every word they speak is wrong. The last time I checked we had freedom of speech in this country, and considering intent or context was valued. Not anymore! American has become a laughing stock to several other countries due to the hypersensitivity, and over reactions of some. The line of being PC has blurred and somehow crossed to hysteria.
Case and point... The freedom of speech is just that... I as an AMERICAN can say whatever I want as long as I am not threatening another persons well being. We are too concerned with whether a person is "offended" by what we say rather then telling it how it really is. SMOKE AND MIRRORS!
Say what you think today even if tomorrow you change your mind and must say something different. We cannot possibly progress without communication and trust. Humans have a built in mechanism to censor themselves and it doesn't need help from society. We are not a collective like ants we are individuals with responsibilities to ourselves; our families and to society.
Like racism it can go both way for example by not saying Merry Christmas you offend people who do say it. There are many different views and when political correctness comes into play it is like saying no you can't say what you believe because it is wrong . Over all not cool
In today's screwed up society, pretty much any word will in fact offend somebody. I just tell myself that you can't please everybody, and truly you can't. Something a teacher wants on an essay can offend someone else. At the end of the day, you have to realize who you want to make the best decision for yourself, or somebody else.
Political correctness (PC) is based on however the current wind is blowing. Common sense takes a back seat, in that reality is subverted by the current political trend. It's almost like shoe styles: here today, gone tomorrow. The real issue is the damage that is being done in the name of PC to our nation's society. People ignore what history has taught us, in other words, what has worked and what hasn't worked in the history of mankind. PC is quietly destroying the nuclear family as it has existed for over 5,000 years. PC is destroying how we are able to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong. In my opinion, I have no regard for political correctness because it is neither political, nor correct!
Certain groups in society just use PC to encourage/support/endorse/forward their own politics. It's just a tool for them and the agendas they support. They use it also to take the high moral ground. We have to tread on egg shells in case we offend someone. It's just about total rubbish
Nothing is okay to say anymore. No sentence won't offend someone. I had a teacher who struggled for ten minutes to find a way to say we have a new student who is retarded. She said "he... Thinks different. He has some difficulties learning and has... Odd ways of socializing" and an additional 10 minutes of nonsense because 1 or 2 words (if she wanted to say his specific "special thing about him") also Several girls told me about how feminism is a condesending term, and prefered "sexually liberated woman" and the difference between gender and sex. I understand using offensive words to be offensive is wrong, but when I have to tip toe around a massive and ever expanding minefield of "naughty words" I feel it's gotten out of hand. When I have to tell my friends "my cousin is a biological man with certain carachteristics and perfectly natural impulses that give him a sexual predisposition towards members of the male sex, though he is mentally a free and outspoken woman" rather than "my cousin is a tranny" I feel that this is just over complication and arbitrary limits to what should be acceptable to say, as I have no qualms with my cousin as a person, I'm just stating a fact.
It used to be perfectly acceptable to refer to people with disabilities as “spastics”, “cripples”, “invalids”, “mongoloids”, “loonies”, “morons” and “mental-retards”. Over time, however, one-by-one each of these words became used as terms of abuse for people without disabilities. The only trouble is their current replacements are quite cumbersome: “a person with restricted-mobility issues” and “a person with learning difficulties” do not trip off the tongue in the same way as words like “spazz” and “retard” do.
These days the word “gay” is being used to mean “undesirable” and it won’t be long until we have to call male homosexuals something else. Possibly “culturally-aware male vaginaphobic phalophiles” or something.
Considering your own language and how that impacts society is OK. But when you badger others for their language they will be annoyed and may be more reluctant not only to change their language but to support the sort of society you want. And since not everyone share your values they may very well be being "politically correct" according to the furtherance of their own political beliefs.
It is about politics. I don't agree with the current trend of socialism but I am afraid of being labeled racist because it seems to be the others only way of fighting back.
This is the United States and we are supposed to be free. We should be free enough to express ourselves as long as there is no harm to others. People who walk on eggshells annoy me, to be honest. If you have a closed mind, that is fine and it won't bother me. As long as the comments are not harmful, I believe people should be able to express themselves as they see fit.
Political correctness has become more like a mechanism to curtail speech particularly when it inhibits people from bringing up issues such as discrimination where you see reversal of patterns or cultural practices that are discriminatory towards orientation or gender. Prime example is how sharia law or beth din places women at a disadvantage but if you bring it up you are culturally insensitive even though the gorilla is setting in the room for all to hear, see and smell.
Practically everytime that someone opens their mouth they are virtually guaranteed to offend somebody on the earth and being politically correct tries to overlook the differences we all have, differences which separate man from machine. Also the First Amendment of the US Constitution specifically states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." and if Congress can not infringe on the Freedom of Speech nobody can
More and more people are worrying about being politically correct. Everybody is worried about offending someone and it is hurting people in the long run. Names change all of the time for the sake of being politically correct. For example, it used to be senior citizens but now it is elderly. It actually gets very confusing when you don't know when it changed.
People worry too much about being politically correct, and as a result very necessary discussion and debate is stifled. Many avoid addressing vital issues, such as immigration, multiculturalism, affirmative action and others, because they fear it is too controversial and are afraid of being labeled insensitive or a bigot. This does society a disfavor, as these are important issues and deserve to be addressed openly and honestly.
People are far too worried about being politically correct. This is not to say that we should be racist or sexist or intentionally demean each other with our speech; it is certainly a good thing to examine one's words and thoughts in order to improve them. But if people are afraid to even mention race or sex in any context out of fear that they'll be labeled racist or sexist, it stagnates communication and keeps people from saying what they really think. How can we even have a common conversation about racism or sexism if everyone's afraid to even mention it?
The choice of using a particular word or phrase in a linguistic exchange does not change the key point of what is said. If we have two words, for example, "politically incorrect word A" and "politically correct word B", which refer to the same thing, but social morass dictates that word B is OK, while word B does not change what is said. In other words, if the content of what is said is offensive, that should be based on that content. The evaluation of one's statement should not be based on an inconsistent definition of a single word.
How can a person possibly now the myriad ways in which they might possibly offend someone? If I was short, why would I be offended if someone called me that? If I was poor why would I be offended if someone called me that? What if I was a minority, is there some reason why I should request a special title so that I can feel like I'm being respected? Political correctness is basically asking everyone else to determine for me how I will feel and act every day instead of me being the responsible for my own reactions and responses to what goes on around me.
Being pc sometimes leads people to make decisions that are not the best for all. For example, making every attempt to be politically correct when dealing with one group of people may offend other groups. Or, making every attempt to be politically correct when dealing with an individual may lead to our true feelings being masked and our communication being less than genuine. I think that certain values should be given high priority - like honesty, fairness, humility and empathy. But, to throw all of these into a box and call it political correctness means to limit ourselves. Each situation calls for a unique mixture of attributes, in all of those involved, in order to bring about the best results.
This fact is evident in every aspect of a society, including mainly different news media such as TV or newspapers. What people need to worry about is saying the truth and not how that truth would necessarily insult someone or not. The facts about social issues are not going to go away just because nobody dares to address them if they fall into politically incorrect zone.
I believe people worry too much about being politically correct because of many laws and stigmas surrounding topics. If you made a joke about a black person in school, you would have gotten by in the past. Now making the same joke can cause you to be called a racist and worse be expelled from school. If you deny a black person a job because they don't seem qualified for the job or you perhaps have another person in mind, it would have been alright in the past. Now an action such as the one mentioned could have someone calling you a racist and also report you to officials as practicing discriminatory hiring methods. Every one catches their tongue because they are not sure if the people in their company would find offense to their words. People should be able to speak their mind and not worry if its politically correct to say or do.
When First Nation elders were consulted about whether they would prefer to be identified as Native Americans, Aboriginal Americans or another title, they said, "American Indians is fine." Nobody had bothered to ask them what they might think for fear of offending them. The rest of it is just as absurd. I'm not Scottish-American, or Swedish-American, I'm just American. As long as it's not a racial slur, what's the point? Conscience easing? Navel gazing? Nothing better to do, now that we've solved global hunger and disease?
I believe the few times that political correctness has been overdone are much less harmful than the millions of times it has not been used at all.
Everyone has been told that they're being "too politically correct", but they're often just being polite. While in mixed company, it's best not to possibly offend or alienate other people. Not insulting others due to their race, sexuality or heritage is important. A crass joke is occasionally acceptable, but it's possible to make jokes without being derogatory.
Political correctness can be understood simply as an application of the idea of courtesy, and as such, seems worth the effort it requires. After all, would we say that most people worry too much about being courteous? Hardly, because our lives work better when we treat each other with respect. Careful use of language isn't enough, by itself, to achieve equality, and an ongoing respect for diversity in our multicultural society. Changes in public policy, in media, and in our lifestyles are needed to make men and women and people of different ethnic backgrounds, religions, and other demographic distinctions more equal. But language shapes the way we look at the world, and is a good everyday step toward a more inclusive community. Policing language can admittedly become obsessive and counterproductive, if it isn't accompanied by humor, goodwill, and a sense of perspective. However, none of these negate the basic value of the PC concept.
When I hear people like Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk radio hosts and others, and when I hear those who agree with them, I begin to think that civil discourse is dead in this nation. There is such hostility spouted from the mouths of these people who only want to get people upset enough to continue listening until the next commercial. I wish that people were more civil with each other. There is frankly a place for political correctness; it is not so much believing in a certain thing but at least being kind in one's speech no matter what a person believes in. There is no room for bad-mouthing people on the basis of race, religious tradition, color, sex, orientation, disability, or anything else except one's conduct. It is frankly cruel, lacking in compassion, rude, and in poor taste to do so.
I think that President Obama's recent use of the phrase "whose ass to kick" is representative of a trend in language that is making our society less polite in all areas. While part of me wants to think that our acceptance of racial jokes and assorted "politically incorrect" language is evidence that our society is beyond caring about race, I think that our recent acceptance of crudeness is more a representation of the lowering of language standards across all areas of society.
Political correctness is a measure of the equality in our society. Political correctness is a sign of the recognition of the trials of minorities and helps us understand their plight so that we may be more empathetic to their situation. Political correctness leads the way to societal change. It is important to understand others positions, which helps us change our priorities.
Most people would understand that the "N" word is offensive, but making a joke about immigration or portraying Muslims as terrorists might get a laugh out of a good few people. Most people don't know, and don't care that certain things are racist, sexist or homophobic, or just generally politically incorrect. Part of the irony in art and shock humor in TV shows and movies (that often make fun of racism) are often taken literally by people of low intelligence, and that creates even more problems.