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Does political correctness do more harm than good?

  • Why we now have Trump

    Most people i've talked to feel so suppressed by political correctness that as a result they are happy that Trump was elected. Most do not like the things that he said during the run up to the election , but what they did like was that he said what ever he felt like saying. Many even felt he was despicable and may not have voted at all. And yet despite that many have told me they are now relieved he was voted in. They could not bring themselves to vote for him and did not vote at all and yet they were secretly hoping for him to be elected. Their sole wish from him in most cases is that he will end the present reign of political correctness. This is how oppressive it is.

  • By dismissing PC, we have already done more harm than good, the election 2016.

    With Trump's bigotry fueled campaign he has intensely given the green light to defy PC. Now we have a nation divided; we now have groups that expects fear and intimidation for the next four years as a consequence of Trump being president elect. It is now okay to be impolite to co-workers of different views, ethnicities, and minority groups. To be unfriendly to your fellow Americans. It is now excusable to use hatred to forego the use of PC. It' okay to say whatever you want regardless of the consequences. Even Freedom of Speech has it's limitations, it's one of the reasons why we can't yell bomb on a plane, unless there actually is one. Because the consequences would be worse because we failed to recognize that words have meaning. So PC culture will be painted with a negative brush of thought if people do not recognize other effective ways to communicate. If you want to say there is racism against whites, and most people will view the statement as a fallacy, it does not make sense. Instead say prejudice against whites, and then saying that people fear whites because of our American history; give examples. It sounds more intelligent and you get the other person to listen to what you have to say more effectively. PC culture is important, especially if you want someone to understand where you are coming from. It's socially required, so we do not learn to alienate groups with our remarks. And we have already done so.

  • PC is historically illiterate and inherently dishonest

    What PC does is it reduces controversial topics like racism and sexism to issues that affect one group and ONLY one group. For example, SJW's will focus disproportionately focus on white racism against blacks, while ignoring racism against whites. Or, when discussing slavery, they focus only on the American end of that institution, reducing it to a matter of white-on-black oppression, ignoring things like the Arab slave trade and black-on-black slavery in Africa. Furthermore, when you actually look at history, you find EVERY group has oppressed SOMEBODY in their history. Ergo, when SJW's ignore this fact in favor of some tasty "oppression narrative" as a means of combating social ills, they are effectively engaging in a horrendous lie by omission. And that is a far bigger disrespect to REAL victims of bigotry and oppression than any "micro-aggression" they can pull from their backsides.

  • PC is historically illiterate and inherently dishonest

    What PC does is it reduces controversial topics like racism and sexism to issues that affect one group and ONLY one group. For example, SJW's will focus disproportionately focus on white racism against blacks, while ignoring racism against whites. Or, when discussing slavery, they focus only on the American end of that institution, reducing it to a matter of white-on-black oppression, ignoring things like the Arab slave trade and black-on-black slavery in Africa. Furthermore, when you actually look at history, you find EVERY group has oppressed SOMEBODY in their history. Ergo, when SJW's ignore this fact in favor of some tasty "oppression narrative" as a means of combating social ills, they are effectively engaging in a horrendous lie by omission. And that is a far bigger disrespect to REAL victims of bigotry and oppression than any "micro-aggression" they can pull from their backsides.

  • PC is inherently dishonest

    What political correctness does is reduce topics like racism and sexism to problems that ONLY effect ONE social group and not others. In the case of racism, for example, it focuses only on white racism against blacks, the implication being that whites can never be victims of racism from blacks or other groups. This is in spite of the widespread anti-white racism spewed daily by SJW's, many of whom happen, ironically enough, to be white and upper-class. The same goes for sexism against women by men. The one occurring theme that seems lost on today's PC left is this: when you take a good, thorough look at actual history, and not the watered down Marxist drivel taught masquerading as it, you find that every group, whether white, black, male, female or otherwise, has oppressed SOMEONE at some point. Ergo, when SJW's ignore this fact in favor of some fancy oppression narrative, they are effectively engaging in an enormously egregious lie by omission. And that is the biggest disservice to REAL victims of bigotry-based oppression.

  • Political correctness is censorship.

    Political correctness is a predator, hunting and killing freedoms of expression. People use political correctness to censor and silence all of those who do not agree with their world view, allowing them to reach hypocrisy on a level never before seen. Anyone who does not agree with their “open-minded” opinions are ostracized and demonized as bigots and racists. Some people play the victim and pretend to be tolerant, while choosing who gets to express themselves and who gets silenced.

  • PC ultimately divides

    By accepting PC, you are accepting the labels that people either attribute to themselves or are attributed to them. In doing this, we divide ourselves into acceptable/unacceptable classes. Instead of being humans existing together and striving for a better future; We are striving to a better future of human beings existing in defined subcultures that are not accepting of other points of view.

  • No one cares if you are offended

    People should be able to voice their opinions without people silencing them. It is thought control in disguise as politeness. No one cares if you get offended by an opinion that is different than yours. Just because someone has a different opinion doesn't mean they can't say it. Eventually we will become like sheep because everyone will be trying to be politically correct.

  • P.C. Is suppression of thought sugar-coated with being "respectful"

    We should not go around insulting people. That is a given. But we should not be afraid to say what we want to. If we keep biting our tongue because we do not know what is acceptable or not, we might as well not talk at all.

    Who knows what is insulting these days anyway? It is scary.

    I heard a story about people not wanting Huckleberry Finn taught because it is racist. Really? Twain's book was respectful toward blacks at his time.

    People want to take a statue of Wilson down because he was racist is wrong. If we forget things like Wilson's racism, we will repeat it.

  • Over the Top

    My argument basically centers around truth. What is truth?
    Truth is a process, a journey that is well worth taking if one wishes to be truly happy with oneself.
    Political correctness hinders the process because it does not allow for dissension. It becomes the "fear" factor to personal growth and development.

  • Opinions can Hurt

    Its all well and good thinking something, but most of the time someone, somewhere will find this offensive. Political Correctness helps us to learn how to phrase our opinions in a way which will keep everyone happy and not start further arguments. You would tell your child off for saying a bad word, so why not tell society off for using them as well? Perhaps a lesson in manners and politeness is needed.

  • No - People Realize What Is Really Meant

    No, political correctness does not do more harm than good. “Politically Correct” is a phrase that has been around for a long time. People are not that naïve and gullible – they realize when what they are hearing is political correctness and not honesty. People are not fooled by it – we know ourselves well enough to know when we are not saying what we mean.

  • By dismissing PC, we have already done more harm than good, the election 2016.

    With Trump's bigotry fueled campaign he has intensely given the green light to defy PC. Now we have a nation divided; we now have groups that expects fear and intimidation for the next four years as a consequence of Trump being president elect. It is now okay to be impolite to co-workers of different views, ethnicities, and minority groups. To be unfriendly to your fellow Americans. It is now excusable to use hatred to forego the use of PC. It' okay to say whatever you want regardless of the consequences. Even Freedom of Speech has it's limitations, it's one of the reasons why we can't yell bomb on a plane, unless there actually is one. Because the consequences would be worse because we failed to recognize that words have meaning. So PC culture will be painted with a negative brush of thought if people do not recognize other effective ways to communicate. If you want to say there is racism against whites, and most people will view the statement as a fallacy, it does not make sense. Instead say prejudice against whites, and then saying that people fear whites because of our American history; give examples. It sounds more intelligent and you get the other person to listen to what you have to say more effectively. PC culture is important, especially if you want someone to understand where you are coming from. It's socially required, so we do not learn to alienate groups with our remarks. And we have already done so.

  • By dismissing PC, we have already done more harm than good, the election 2016.

    With Trump's bigotry fueled campaign he has intensely given the green light to defy PC. Now we have a nation divided; we now have groups that expects fear and intimidation for the next four years as a consequence of Trump being president elect. It is now okay to be impolite to co-workers of different views, ethnicities, and minority groups. To be unfriendly to your fellow Americans. It is now excusable to use hatred to forego the use of PC. It' okay to say whatever you want regardless of the consequences. Even Freedom of Speech has it's limitations, it's one of the reasons why we can't yell bomb on a plane, unless there actually is one. Because the consequences would be worse because we failed to recognize that words have meaning. So PC culture will be painted with a negative brush of thought if people do not recognize other effective ways to communicate. If you want to say there is racism against whites, and most people will view the statement as a fallacy, it does not make sense. Instead say prejudice against whites, and then saying that people fear whites because of our American history; give examples. It sounds more intelligent and you get the other person to listen to what you have to say more effectively. PC culture is important, especially if you want someone to understand where you are coming from. It's socially required, so we do not learn to alienate groups with our remarks. And we have already done so.

  • While there are problems with its execution,

    Political correctness should never be discouraged. The concept of being friendly and understanding towards other people, their cultures, religions, or societies is one that I think that almost anyone can agree with in concept. In a democracy homophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, etc., are all allowed and indeed a rather large portion of the American population has beliefs that tend toward these personal characteristics, however social justice is also allowed and (at least in my American government) it is encouraged by laws that ensure that people of all races genders and gender identities are treated equally by businesses and all aspects of government (admittedly some of these qualities can be lost in execution due to "Implicit Bias" (Google it)). Being friendly is something most of us can agree on, however speaking one's mind is a key factor of freedom of speech and while i do not encourage the proliferation of sexism racism etcetera it is important to have discussions about these topics so as to be able to discuss the fallacies in a racist ideology.

  • People choose to be politically correct (or don't)

    There are, from my perspective, two major aspects of political correctness that people often have trouble with. One of which is when people seem to over-analyse subtleties in pop culture such as recently when a movie poster depicting Jennifer Lawrence being chocked by the main villain Apocalypse. The argument of the poster's detractors is that it depicts and even glorifies abusing women. This example and others like it depict an aspect of political correctness that I do not agree with, as it stifles free speech and free media for the sake of not corrupting young minds. (On a tangent, I would argue that detracting from this poster is actually an anti-feminist view as their were no sexual implications in the poster; it merely depicted an adversary imperiling a main protagonist).

    The second is when people feel as though they are not allowed to talk about important issues for fear of stepping on someone's toes and thereby being politically incorrect. I get it, having a particularly controversial view and not being able to express it without being labeled a detractor to equality is frustrating. If I think that African-Americans are inferior (which I do not) or that women should not be allowed to work in jobs that require physical labor (which I do not) or that homosexual people should not be allowed to live out their lives (which I do not) I should be able to express these ideas at least in conversation without being completely "shut down" so to speak. This form of censorship is actually harmful to the proliferation of social justice and understanding among the human race as in this scenario perspectives are not allowed to be shared or accepted by either side of any argument such as these.

  • Political Correctness is the same as politeness

    If you argue against PC then your argument is effectively against politeness. PC is an extension of the core values most of us share and we are taught to respect from childhood. PC as a term is an extension of those values, beyond our families, schools and local communities, to the broader societies and global communities we live, learn and work in. In no way does it restrict us from having opinions or even prejudices against others, it simply requires us to recognise them and be mindful of them and the part they play in our decision making and engagement. PC could never be harmful unless you are personally threatened by the idea that the values you hold and adhere to are in some way inherently dangerous when dissipated beyond your immediate vicinity

  • Everybody has issues.

    Living in New York, you learn quickly about developing a thick skin...I get it. But when we have those who aspire to hold the highest office in the nation, taking a stance of being non-PC becomes relevant. Why? Let's call it as it is, Trump's bigotry, racists and stereotypical viewpoints can potentially turn into policies and become law. I have concerns about my daughter who may grow up in this world where it may be a crime to make her own choices in life or that sexual discrimination is now the new standard in society.


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