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Political Correctness

trancestormtrancestorm Posts: 568Registered User Member
edited February 2006 in College Confidential Cafe
What do you think about being politically correct. Personally, I hate it...having to watch what you say so that others do not get offended. In a truly enlightened world, people will be able to express opinions without the fear of reprecussions. Political correctness serves no funtional purpose.

What do you think?
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Replies to: Political Correctness

  • neverbornneverborn Posts: 1,877Registered User Senior Member
    It must be eliminated - down with the thought police.
  • scarletleavyscarletleavy Posts: 2,374Registered User Senior Member
    I hate political correctness. I am so bad at it.
  • amievilamievil Posts: 230Registered User Junior Member
    Political correctness is the self-imposed limitation on our own freedom of speech. It probably gives a nice smug feeling knowing that you're going out of your way not to hurt someone, but as with the case of Mohammad's cartoons, tolerance of intolerance soon becomes acquiescence to bullies, and allows extremists to go around believing they can keep resorting to force to get their way.
  • JamesNJamesN Posts: 440- Junior Member
    Political correctness is gay.
  • baffledgenius89baffledgenius89 Posts: 221Registered User Junior Member
    if we were all politically correct, then none of us would ever truly be voicing our thoughts, now would we?
  • joevjoev Posts: 2,924- Senior Member
    I make a point of purposely saying politcally incorrect terms all the time. People are colored or negro, not African-American. People are Oriental or yellow, not Asian. People are chicks or dames, not women. People are midgets or dwarves, not little people. People are gay or fruity, not homosexual. Not necessarily offensive, just not politically correct.
  • nbachris2788nbachris2788 Posts: 4,447Registered User Senior Member
    You can't hide your ignorance by claiming to be bravely politically incorrect.

    Case in point:
    I make a point of purposely saying politcally incorrect terms all the time. People are colored or negro, not African-American. People are Oriental or yellow, not Asian. People are chicks or dames, not women. People are midgets or dwarves, not little people. People are gay or fruity, not homosexual. Not necessarily offensive, just not politically correct.

    Why is it that everybody who claims to hate political correctness always goes after the racial or sexual terms?

    How about the real crimes of political correctness, such as "Operation Iraqi Freedom", or "spreading democracy"?

    People just look for excuses to be racist and homophobic. It's like people can't handle being nice blacks, Asians, Jews and gays, and must find ways to vent their hatred. Being fashionably unPC seems to be the in thing to follow that path.
  • shaddixshaddix Posts: 2,256Registered User Senior Member
    Would you just call a black person colored right to their face...the same with an asian person and oriental? You can say whatever you want...but what would be the point...you would sound uneducated and as if you were raised with the cultural awareness of someone born in the 50s. Frankly, I think PC serves as to stop people from making a fool of themselves.

    Anyway if political correctness serves no purpose then people can say whatever they want. What is to stop someone from saying n*****? It is a word with a hurtful, disgusting history that evokes anger in me. I am sure at this point someone will say "but black people use it between themselves"... well I don't. I think reasonable political correctness entails commonsense and just thinking about what you are going to say before you open your mouth.
  • joevjoev Posts: 2,924- Senior Member
    Would you just call a black person colored right to their face...the same with an asian person and oriental?

    To a total stranger, no, and I really don't used the terms negro, or oriental all that often, I was just being silly. I call black people black people though, as most blacks in America have never, or will never go to Africa. So the term African-American makes no sense.
  • nbachris2788nbachris2788 Posts: 4,447Registered User Senior Member
    It gets quite stupid when people call blacks in Canada "African-Americans". All the black people I've met (which is not a lot, since I live in Vancouver) seemed very comfortable with the term "black". But maybe that's b/c they're Canadian and the label "African-Canadian" just doesn't have the same ring as "African-American".
  • meestasimeestasi Posts: 1,116Registered User Senior Member
    Yeah, I always wondered what they call minorities in other countries. Like there are asians in Europe, are they "asian-europeans" or soemthing?
  • Xe_Ln_Ag_AXe_Ln_Ag_A Posts: 646Registered User Member
    be politically incorrect, and risk getting burned by the general populace.
    then again, political correctness restricts free thought.

    its that simple.

    will you take that risk?
    its anyone's choice.
  • shaddixshaddix Posts: 2,256Registered User Senior Member
    joev...just being silly XD

    As for the labels some people prefer African-American and feel some kinship with where they originated from. Still, I personally just prefer black for the reasons stated earlier...I really don't know much about my country of origin(no idea whatsoever) nor about the continent Africa. Still, some people find a color describing an ethnicity as offensive/arbitrary...so it depends on the person.
  • Justinian IJustinian I Posts: 1,362Registered User Member
    When I took my SAT recently, I found it quite humorous when they asked of my race. They had the following choices: African American, Asian American, Native American, White. Politcal correctness for all the races except for whites. Why, they were racist to us whites! Gosh darnit, I AM CAUCASIAN AMERICAN! Happy Chanukah! Merry X-mas! Winter Break. I am so sick of political correctness!
  • trancestormtrancestorm Posts: 568Registered User Member
    Happy Chanukah! Merry X-mas! Winter Break. I am so sick of political correctness
    In our area, they took to saying "Tidings of the season" ...it is totally foolish
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