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Do people worry too much about being politically correct?

  • Just grow up

    Now in society we are forced to walk on egg shells because there mite be a slight possibility of offending someone. Yes being blatantly racist is wrong but come on saying "merry christmas" isn't offending anyone. What ever happened to freedom of speech these days. People should grow up already.

  • Just grow up

    Now in society we are forced to walk on egg shells because there mite be a slight possibility of offending someone. Yes being blatantly racist is wrong but come on saying "merry christmas" isn't offending anyone. What ever happened to freedom of speech these days. People should grow up already.

  • Political correctness is stalinism.

    The term political correctness was used in the soviet era during stalins reign to sway people to follow the party line. In fact being gay or a minority non russian was against political correctness at the time. There fore the term political correctness is actually a communist term and should have absolutely no place in any democratic society where free speech should reign supreme.

  • Say what you mean!

    The only way to live in a free society that is good for the collective is if the collective has a voice. Keeping quiet to keep the peace sways society in a false direction. People are resilient and morality is built by societies tolerance of certain behaviors. What happens when pedophilia becomes the next topic requiring political correctness? Will you keep your mouth shut or dance around the subject?

  • Media is the new prosecutor in the world

    The first amendment prohibits there to be any laws abridging speech or the press. Recently, this law in itself has prohibited free speech by giving the press the right to spread ideas to the public. Donald sterling lost his team, the clippers due to being afraid to be publicly politically incorrect. He told his wife she could do whatever she wanted to or with black people privately, but not publicly. This is because he was getting calls from the media that she was with black people. His actions were not acts of racism, but of fear. Fear that his team will be taken away, and his reputation ruined. Ironically, his fear of the media is what caused the media to punish him. If this is confusing, replace media with government and it will become clear. Donald Sterling was scared to speak publicly because the media, or "government" would punish him.

  • There Are Many More Pressing Issues in the World

    Why are people so worried about being politically correct when there are more pressing issues in the world? For example, world hunger and sex trafficking are rampant at this time and our focus should be set on how to bring them to an end. Additionally, people should not be so easily offended. That shows their insecurities and weaknesses. No one is perfect and making someone feel awful for not being "politically correct" is just as bad, if not worse, as that person being "politically incorrect." Be confident in yourself no matter your race, disability or personality and you will not care as much when people that you consider ignorant for being "politically incorrect" use the words that easily offend you.

  • It distracts from and Impedes the strengthening of the whole.

    Too many people are concerned with feelings. Sometimes, feelings need to be hurt, and the ugly reality shoved in the face. They're words. Those who can't handle them are weak, and a group is only as strong as its weakest member. Bullying weeds out the unfit. Verbal slander gives opportunity to rise above it. These things are necessary, because without challenge there is no progress. Adversity breeds excellence.

  • The great stifle

    We are creating a society where freedom is being stifled to such a degree that careers are being destroyed for choices made in the past. People should have all viewpoints and allowed to make their own choices. As a society we can't dictate freedom of thought. Have we not evolved enough to trust and respect each other even if we differ in opinions?

  • America has taken political correctness and blown it out of proportion

    I feel that in america there is so much political correctness and overanalyization of every single action that even the smallest of actions are blown up and deamed politically incorrect. I feel that people use this to there advantage in every given situation. This leads to a civilization where everyone is terrified of there actions being misinterpreted . If people didn't take offense to every tiny situation and dont bother to over analyze it the world would be much better. A system with such extreme political correctness and every tiny action being labelled as racist, sexist etc simply blows tiny actions out of proportion. Both minorities and majorities begin to abuse these actions and try to cause an issue. If the world could get over this pettiness it would be a better place

  • Yes, Constantly. It is difficult to be direct.

    I like to be direct with people and get to the bottom line and deal with the issues. I am not having the conversations to offend people of over compensate people for their behavior or actions. I just need to commend the right people at the right time and place and not have it be seen as an insult to others in a group situation when that is not the case. It is not my job to praise 10 people in a group when I want to praise one, just as it is not my job to critique 10 when perhaps I want to critique one. It works both ways. I shouldn't have to hold my tongue either.

  • The harms of not being politically correct are much greater than the effort expended on being aware, or politically correct.

    Being politically correct does not take an extremely large toll on an individual. In fact, the majority of people actually do act politely in the status quo about other cultures. However, if someone hears something that is not politically correct which could potentially be EXTREMELY offensive, the negative impact on them is severe. The ever-so-slight inconvenience of being politically correct can prevent someone from being deeply, emotionally, and systematically oppressed. It is necessary to realize conversations of sensitive subjects are still going to happen, but they will be at a degree where they are tolerant, rather than ignorant.

  • The harms of not being politically correct are much greater than the effort expended on being aware, or politically correct.

    Being politically correct does not take an extremely large toll on an individual. In fact, the majority of people actually do act politely in the status quo about other cultures. However, if someone hears something that is not politically correct which could potentially be EXTREMELY offensive, the negative impact on them is severe. The ever-so-slight inconvenience of being politically correct can prevent someone from being deeply, emotionally, and systematically oppressed. It is necessary to realize conversations of sensitive subjects are still going to happen, but they will be at a degree where they are tolerant, rather than ignorant.

  • I believe it is better to be overly aware of political correctness than not aware at all.

    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.

    Posted by: Bratzky
  • Being politically correct is part of showing respect for society and the differences between people.

    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.

    Posted by: R4yCher
  • Political correctness, as such, does not require much effort, and shapes our thought and culture in a constructive direction, although it's only a first step.

    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.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • It seems to me that there are far too few people thinking about being politically correct.

    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.

    Posted by: SportyHart
  • I do not agree that people worry excessively about being politically correct because we are sliding back into acceptance of various types of off-color humor.

    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.

    Posted by: Shim2free
  • Political correctness is an important part of our 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.

    Posted by: R43Shep
  • The majority of people don't worry about being politically correct as they continue to believe perpetuated stereotypes.

    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.

    Posted by: R053Neddy

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