Way more often than not.
It sometimes is. Not always.
I agree with both sides really- "political correctness" should not be a barrier for speaking the truth, bringing important issues to the forefront of public debate. However, it is not an excuse to cater to racist, bigoted sentiment and incite further division, hate, and even violence. It would be nice to see a day when people are over "profiling" (another form of PC) and a fear of being accused of it. e.g. crimes, regardless of race of the criminal/victim prosecuted equally and given objective media attention. Fears of reverse racism, though often overstated, are a real concern. Fact is- there are racists and bigots, criminals and violent extremists of every race, religion, color.
Almost always. Either that or they are an idiot
I wouldn't find political correctness to be good in any way. You can be cordial when talking to others, but to hide facts and your opinion because it may be "bigoted" or "offensive" is absurd.
Accusing others of "political correctness" is normally done when someone is called a bigot or something similar for accurately describing bad things. "Politically correct" people are those who accuse others of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. because of something "offensive" that they did.
http://www.debate.org/forums/politics/topic/82073/ When people are accusing you of PC it is probably because you are being hostile and aggressive towards opinions you don't like, ignoring reality that does not fit your agenda and getting offended over everything. PC is a problem in the west, especially in Europe. In Rotherham England authorities allowed Pakistani rape gangs to abuse 1400 girls for 16 years because they did not want to be called racist. The Finnish police have been ordered by the country"s national police board not to publicly identify immigrants as criminal suspects to not cause a "racist backlash." Tim Hunt, a scientist and professor at University College London, made a joke self degrading about women in science during the World Conference of Science and Journalism, in Seoul, South Korea and he was fired for it. Police in Germany have been covering up rape done by Muslim migrants. http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6527/migrants-rape-germany In America PC is also out of hand. In 2010, during the Iowa State Fair, several African American teenagers declared a "beat whitey night" and beat up random white fair goers. During an interview with a local ABC affiliate, about the incident, police spokeswoman Lori Lovarato made the told the truth about what happened and was fired as a result. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qeMslmDBxY Do you notice a theme here? POWER. People in power like councils f towns, high level law enforcement and government often cover up crime done by ethnic minorities to not sound racist,and fire people for harmless things. PC is institutionalized. Thats one of the main reasons its a problem. Racism and sexism for example happen and some racism and sexism is systematic but most racism and sexism is in the form of unconscious bias or individual acts. All this being said it nothing gives Donald Trump the right to ban Muslims. People like him use PC as a way to dismiss critics of his actual racist ideas, but more people us the terms racist and sexist to dismiss other peoples opinions.
It can be, but that's not its primary function.
What are the consequences of being bigoted and offensive? Its not like their is an actual PC police that will legally punish people for doing either.
Not at all. Anything anyone says can offend someone nowadays, and it completely halts the conversation. Illegal immigration from Mexico is a negative thing. "YOU'RE A RACIST AND A BIGOT." No, it's called a valid point. Too many pathetic people need to find something to whine about and get offended over to get attention, or whatever reason.
some conservatives do, and many some leftists deny that PC actually exists. It is a vicious cycle.
It obviously depends on who you're talking about. For example, Ben Carson and Sam Harris are both politically incorrect when they talk about Muslims/Islam. The difference is that Sam Harris isn't bigoted against Muslims and Ben Carson is. Harris criticizes doctrine while Carson says that he wouldn't advocate that a Muslim ever be president. In general, political correctness is incredibly stupid and anti free speech. If liberals want to do well in elections they need to drop political correctness.
No. Just because a person isn't PC doesn't mean they are bigots or racist, doesn't mean they aren't either. The flip side, just because someone uses PC language doesn't mean they aren't bigots or racists, doesn't mean they are either. Language is used to convey an idea, or several ideas. I would rather someone used the language that best conveyed their idea than to shroud it in vague, inaccurate, or imprecise language that often times makes me have to guess at their meaning. PC is a way of distracting people from the real topics. It's essentially ad hominem. Where, if one isn't PC, they attack that person's character instead of their argument.
It's just pointing out when people have gone to the side of ridiculous.
People are such pansies nowadays.
No, but many accuse others of being biggots for displaying different opinions that may be defined as uncomfortable.