Let’s talk about Political Correctness.

Posted: August 30, 2015 in Random
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First of all, who is in charge of naming things? I think they should be fired. The words “politically correct” would seem to signify appropriate content for a speech given by a politician or something. It’s about as bad as “social engineering.”  Anyway, contrary to what you may think after reading my post about the confederate flag from a couple of weeks ago, I’m not a fan of political correctness. While I’m not a fan of political correctness, I’m not a fan of ignorance and insensitivity either.

People say that words have power. I agree, but more than that, I believe that words reveal a person’s thoughts. Let’s stop condemning people for what they’ve said and start having a discussion with them about why they’ve said it.  Wouldn’t you like to know if you’re hanging around with a racist? You won’t tho. You won’t find out. We’ve conditioned them to not say certain words out loud.

Your boss has attended sensitivity training, so you’ll never hear him say something derogatory about women. He knows that’ll get him in trouble. But that doesn’t mean you’ll get the promotion you deserve.  We’ve taught him how to navigate an environment where political correctness is expected, but we haven’t taught him why women are equal to men.

Here’s a recent example of PC-fueled outrage:

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This was the reaction that someone had to a local beer festival being named “The Urban Pour Festival.” This, to me, is the equivalent of a parent yelling at their child for doing something wrong instead of pulling them aside for a discussion about why their action was inappropriate.  This person’s reaction is over-the-top in more than a few ways.  You’d think someone was clearing out a homeless shelter to conduct a beer festival instead of a public park. And to call ticket buyers/beer drinkers privileged… well, I think “privileged” is a relative term. We all have more than someone else or less than someone else.  If I have a home but poor health, am I more or less privileged than the homeless person that is in perfect health?

Granted, “Urban Pour” can easily be perceived as a bad play on words. Someone was trying to be clever but simply didn’t see the other way it could be taken.  I think that a simple message to the event organizer notifying them that the name of the event could be taken the wrong way would have worked just as well, if not more so, than the ass-hattery on display in the extreme reaction cited above.

Let’s stop punishing people for saying the wrong thing and start educating them instead.

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