Okay folks, let’s take a beat and talk about “political correctness.” Political correctness is a verbal prison that societal leaders put us in to protect the feelings of people who weren’t even offended in the first place. It was an obvious play to change the terms of acceptable language and claim that racism and bigotry runs amuck throughout the republican party and all across America.
When I joined the crusade against political correctness at the ripe old age of thirteen, I was fighting for the right to say, “Merry Christmas,” and display the nativity without being accused of religious intolerance. I left the fight when it became about targeting “snowflakes” and not taking responsibility for your words.
I will fight relentlessly for your first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that seems to go out of their way to say something extreme just to hurt others. I will fight relentlessly for your first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that speaks with such blatant disregard for human decency. I will fight relentlessly for you first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that is represented by indecent, abhorrent bullies.
The fight against political correctness does not give you license to knowingly and purposefully use inflammatory language. It should not be use as a shield or excuse to attack others. Your political crusade does not justify you attacking others, and then teasing them when they get offended. Do you have the right to do and say those things? Yes. Does it make it right? Absolutely not. The anti-PC movement has done an excellent job of exemplifying the attraction for political correctness. I do not believe that anyone should be able to take away your free speech, but I do believe that you should be held accountable for you say.
My mother once told me something that I think really applies here: “When you say something, speak as if they will take it in the worst possible way. When you listen, hear their words as if they meant it in the best possible way.” In other words, speak respectfully and be slow to get offended. That doesn’t mean you can’t disagree or offer critique, it just means that if you have to offer a dissent, be kind. Don’t be intentionally inflammatory.
Bringing this back on topic, I am not saying that you can’t use words that society has deemed political incorrect. The fact that people are afraid to say “Merry Christmas,” or that towns are afraid to have Christmas tree lightings when 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas is just ridiculous and wrong. I would not be offended if someone wished me a “Happy Hanukah,” and I wouldn’t expect them to be offended if I wished them a “Merry Christmas.”
So, when it comes to political correctness, here is my advice: don’t worry about what is “PC,” but do worry that what you say is true, real and said with respect. Your goal should be to spread truth, not cut others down. Remember; “you catch more flies with honey…”