Monday, May 26, 2014
You've Got It All Wrong, World!
What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
This is the day I get to climb up on my soapbox and really let it fly, so be prepared. The popular notion I think the world has the most wrong is that everything has to be politically correct. Everyone wants to walk on eggshells and try to say/do things so that no one's feelings get hurt. And if you voice an opinion that offends someone, you're immediately labeled as a racist, a bigot, or something along those lines. Well, guess what, folks? Just because my opinion is different from yours, that doesn't mean that I hate you or your opinion. And if my opinion offends you? Walk away and get on with your life.
Examples of political correctness gone awry:
1) In some schools, you can no longer call the chalkboard a blackboard.
2) Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas (can't everyone just use whatever greeting applies to whatever holiday they celebrate in December?)
3) A 7 yr old child being called a racist because they asked someone if they are brown because they come from Africa. (Kids learn through asking questions!!!)
The original intent of "political correctness"--to encourage tact and sensitivity toward other people's feelings regarding issues like gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities, etc.--was a good one. In practice, however, people are going so far that now ANY mention of those issues is seen as politically incorrect.
How can we talk about our differences, and learn from those different than us, if we're afraid of being labeled a "racist," "sexist," or some other sort of bigot? To me, these extreme examples of political correctness are worsening the divide rather than closing it.