It never ceases to amaze me. Â Just when I think I have seen the absolute low in stupidity on the Internet, someone comes along to show me that it is like an infinity pool, there is no end, and if you try to follow it, you will fall over the edge. Â The latest in this string are people that don’t Â seem to fully understand what it means to be Politically Correct, or what issue they seem to see as their reasoning as to why Politcal Correctness has gone off the rails.
The latest bit of stupidity comes in the form of people using a comedian’s routine as “truth” that “Political correctness is the oppression of our intellectual movement.” Â Sadly, this is exactly the opposite of true. Â In his routine Steve Hughes argues, “what happens when you get offended? Â Nothing.” Â Well, let me go to the other side, and ask, “what happens if you take the someone besides yourself into consideration, and don’t act like a self righteous ass?” Â The answer is the same. Â Nothing will happen to you in either case. Â But in only one case will you be hurting someone else.
I suspect it is because of the way those that are negative twist it, that the confusion comes into play. Â Perhaps what we need is a clarification of whatÂ is and what isn’t Politically Correct. Â For example:
When you hear somebody say, “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” because they want to be inclusive and not presumptive, and are understanding that not everyone celebrates the same holiday or does not celebrate it the same way, that is politically correct.
When you hear statements like, “everyone is ‘afraid’ to say something that might offend someone.” Â That is NOT being Politically Correct. Â Why? Â Because if you are “afraid,” you are not doing it because you are taking anyone else into consideration. Â You are looking to prevent enduring any friction. Â In other words, it is still actually all about “you” and not taking the other person into consideration other than how it would affect you. Â The funny (in an ironic sort of way), it is these very same people that are “offended” by what others say (ie. War on ChristmasÂ )
In case these examples are not clear enough, allow me to spell it out specifically. Â If the main driving thought is to consider and be understanding of someone else, that is what it means to be Politically Correct. Â If the main focus is on yourself, then it is not.
And you can see this in every statement that views this as a negative. Â They use it as a diversionary tactic to divert from an issue. Â They try to turn it into a “free speech” rhetoric that has no substance. Â For anyone (and yes, I include myself in this group) that believes in the main idea behind being Politically Correct, they will believe in the quote, “I may not agree with what you are saying, but I will defend your right to say it.”
Donald Trump has every right to say what he wants to say. Â So, Â Political Correctness does not stop him from acting like an unenlightened piece of trash. Â I though, also have the right to call him out on what he is saying. Â You cannot stop my rebuttal by crying about Political Correctness. Â That is not the “trump card” (see what I did there) to allow you to have no consideration for anyone else without repercussion. Â Note one again, where the focus is. Â The angry party uses the Political Correctness card to shield THEMSELVES, as they have no concern outside their own little world.
Now lest you believe this is completely one sided, it most certainly is not. Â There are people that will wield this as a weapon on the other side of the coin as well. Â If a person is going to call someone a racist and/or sexist, and you don’t have a sound and reasonable argument to back up that statement, Then they are no more Politically Correct than the person that uses it to defend a racist or sexist statement. Â For example, I saw a ridiculous article on Oberlin College CafeteriaÂ where some students complained that the cafeteria was racially insensitive because certain ethnic dishes served there weren’t “authentic enough.” Â Yes, that is taking things to a silly level that needs to disregarded. Â But that is just it, it needs to be disregarded, it doesn’t then give people the license to be insensitive clods.
At the end of the day, is someone going to be hospitalized by getting offended at something someone says? Â Of course not. Â But haven’t we yet reached a point where we take someone else’s feelings into consideration, simply because we have more respect for each other than that? Â Is it really that hard a concept for people to accept?