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Do people worry too much about being politically correct?

  • Policing words does not bring about equality.

    The major argument in favor of Political Correctness would be that our use of words shapes culture, and that culture shapes behavior, and that therefore by policing certain words, we can reduce the amount of actually damaging behaviors.

    The problem with this argument is that it is nothing but an assumption, and even if it were right, that doesn't prove aggressively policing opinion would bring about positive change.

    In my opinion, the cure (small groups of people being able to dictate what is and isn't acceptable to say, just so that nobody will ever get offended) is worse than the disease (having to hear something offensive every now and then).

  • People have the right to say what they mean

    Political correctness needs to go. I can understand being kind and respectful, but it has gone way too far. It's gotten to the point that if you say something that could remotely be considered offensive, you are labeled a racist or prejudice. The media does not help this, attacking anyone who states their opinion. The worst thing about political correctness is that it goes against free speech, a constitutional right. Another thing about political correctness is that it stops things from getting done. How are you supposed to solve a problem if everyone refuses to recognize that it even exists, all because they are too afraid of offending someone ? People need to grow up and face the facts and atop worrying about offending someone

  • The way Americans handle political correctness is appalling.

    The main thing that most everyone is trying to strive towards is racial and religious equality in all senses. In order to do this, we must first realize that jumping over hurdles trying not to make someone upset or offended is not going to put us in that direction, because it only serves as a constant reminder of the little dividers between different people. At the same time, we must remember that people are different, and accept this not as a handicap, but as something that makes people special.

  • 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 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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