Political correctness: is it wrong?

Riley Lunsford, Writer

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Political correctness: is it wrong?

What is political correctness 

Political correctness is defined in the dictionary as, “ the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.” Many people never actually know the true definition and use this phrase all the time because they hear it on the news.

 

Is it inappropriate to not be politically correct?

In most cases, the answer to this question would be yes. An example would be in politics where you might offend someone if you, for example, say a racial slur and that group that is targeted by that slur is listening you could “out” them by calling them or stereotyping them by that slur. An example where most people are not politically correct in most cases would be is in comedy or in some types of music. Comedy is also kind of an untapped area when it comes to manners or basically anything that is a human moral. Nine times out of ten this is just a harmless joke, but sometimes people can take a joke personally and that’s when things get messy. We get riots, outbreaks, and the media blows up for about a month or two and then we save that dirty little scar for a rainy day.

 

Does political correctness do more damage than good?

While it does set a standard for the way a person thinks or speaks, it does also do a lot of damage. Now I know what you are probably thinking, this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. People’s reputations get ruined because they have said one thing in their lives, one racial, or sexist, or offensive remark and they are ruined for the rest of their life. Am I taking the side of racists, sexists, or bigots? No. What I’m trying to say is that life doesn’t need to follow a strict rubric where we bully people out of society. We as a nation need to be more forgiving, and we need to not be so shallow, and we need to have our own opinions. We need to remember that we are humans and that we mess up and that we say things that we shouldn’t have said, but we did and we now regret it but harassing that person is not going to make the situation any better. 

 

Do we need guidelines?

I do think that we need guidelines because without them we get things like slavery and sexism that make this world hard to live in. We need a line to follow because that’s how we are wired, rules are broken sometimes but we just need to get back in line and go on with our lives. So, if you have gotten mixed up in all of this here is what you should take away, political correctness is needed but should not make or break a person’s life, nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes, and finally don’t be the person that just goes along with the crowd, have your own opinion.