It has become commonplace to hear the term “politically correct” tossed around in all sorts of circles. The way I see it, non-PC statements are only a problem because they are indicative of a deeper problem in the way people think. But staying politically correct does not solve this or any problem. In fact, by eliminating discussion and acknowledgment, we have created a bigger problem.
Enforcing political correctness is censorship. If we believe certain racist, sexist, and otherwise insensitive or discriminatory ideas and behaviors are bad, it makes sense that we want to stop them. But by forcing people to use specific terminology or avoid certain conversation topics, we are going about it all wrong. Staying “politically correct” is not medicine for the problems that exist—it’s a band-aid to cover up the wounds.
In addition, its goals are all wrong. Political correctness doesn’t teach people to be mindful of problems…
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