A Ramble About Politically Correct

I don’t have a problem with politically correct speech or behavior. For too long people had been given license to demean others. At some point it became a socially unacceptable to say what was in your mind without being challenged on it. I think we need to be sensitive and polite to everyone and to accept things have changed. So being politically correct is more about making people think about how they relate with others and how people are treated.

Author: Tony "T-Bird" Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist and blogger. I'm married to Laura and Cody is our dog. Daily I work for a blood bank. My blog is where I chronicle and curate the sacred, serious and silly things in my life. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace and love!

11 thoughts on “A Ramble About Politically Correct”

  1. I agree, what bugs me is at times around someone who I do not know. Or at a public places, restaurants and so on. When I say something have to pause and hit the politically correct button in my head. Make sure what I say will not offend. On occasion I might say something. And if anything is said about it. If I am right then they can bite me, deal with it. ✔

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    1. That’s EXACTLY what’s wrong about political correctness. If one group or another in society, majority or not, has you scared enough of saying the “wrong” thing (even if you happen to be factually correct) and you’re self censoring yourself, you’re doing part of the censorship work for them and making it easier to single out the few left who are fearless enough to say what they think even if it DOES offend someone.

      Imo you should *always* be willing to risk offending people; especially since you don’t really know if something will offend until you say it, or why it might offend. That’s part of why you ought to say it, to find out. Until you say it out loud you’re just guessing that it might bother someone, and even if it does, maybe that’s their problem rather than yours. Imho anyways.

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      1. Should, not “need”. Who decides what the standard is? In a free society, only the individual can decide for him or her self. You can persuade people in specific contexts, having said a specific thing, that they ought not to have said it that way, but whether they’re convinced of that or not is up to them, not you, not to the government, not to whatever university you’re going to, and so on.

        Anything short of that *requires* infringement of the individuals right to free speech.

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    1. It’s about subtly influencing what people feel is and is not safe to say in a public context, and suppressing what’s “incorrect” through guilting and shaming. Being willing to speak freely on the other hand, even if it sometimes ruffles feathers, is about exploring, understanding, and yes, respecting the world’s diversity of culture, religion, and beliefs. Political correctness is the exact opposite of that. #JustSaying

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  2. I’ve always been in favor of honest diplomacy. You should always have the freedom to express yourself, but it doesn’t give you license to intentionally hurt someone. If there is a situation where you have to speak up, speak up. It’s important, like in San Bernadino.

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    1. Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words can never (truly) hurt me. Hurt feelings do NOT count, micro-aggressions are NOT a real thing. Imho anyways.

      Free speech rights on an individual level always take priority over whether or not what’s said in one’s speech hurts people’s feelings.

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