POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – TOGETHER WE CAN FIND THE CURE
‘Young men swinging right because they feel suffocated by political correctness is a problem’. This is a brilliant statement that I’m in full agreement with. And it’s a problem because no American voice should feel suffocated.
‘but the solution is not to do away with political correctness in order to appease them.’ Again, brilliant. I couldn’t agree more. We shouldn’t do away with political correctness in order to appease them, we should do away with it because it’s a tool used for squelching debate, and an enemy of the first amendment of the United States Constitution.
‘it’s to get the little shits to see that political correctness is good, actually.” And here is where the logic of the tweet’s argument breaks down. You can often spot a bad argument through an ad hominem, where you attack the person (In this case, young men) instead of the position they are maintaining. Generalizing such a large group into somehow all being representative of a certain viewpoint is also something I find problematic. If you believe that political correctness is a good thing, then be civil and use logic to formulate a coherent argument. Calling an entire group ‘little shits’ is far from the ideal way to start a healthy dialogue.
But it’s Twitter, and this user wasn’t engaged in a formal debate. I’m simply using the tweet as a starting point for the opposing side of the argument. Because to me, the most problematic portion of the tweet was the statement that ‘Political correctness is good, actually.’
“POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS AMERICA’S NEWEST FORM OF INTOLERANCE, AND IT IS ESPECIALLY PERNICIOUS BECAUSE IT COMES DISGUISED AS TOLERANCE. IT PRESENTS ITSELF AS FAIRNESS, YET ATTEMPTS TO RESTRICT AND CONTROL PEOPLE’S LANGUAGE WITH STRICT CODES AND RIGID RULES. I’M NOT SURE THAT’S THE WAY TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION. I’M NOT SURE SILENCING PEOPLE OR FORCING THEM TO ALTER THEIR SPEECH IS THE BEST METHOD FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS THAT GO MUCH DEEPER THAN SPEECH.” GEORGE CARLIN
Let me start by clarifying that I don’t equate political correctness and civility. I stand against political correctness, while trying to maintain an heir of civility. For example, I prefer to hash out ideas with as little bias as possible, rather than referring to my perceived opponents as something like little shits. Basic human civility good, political correctness bad. Moving on.
Merriam Webster defines political correctness as conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated. While I believe no one should be hurling insults or putting down members of marginalized groups, I also believe in the first amendment. If you’re acting in good faith, you shouldn’t be scared to articulate your personal beliefs. And you shouldn’t be subject to insults, or have your right to free speech taken away because someone doesn’t agree with you.
Facts don’t care about your feelings and sometimes the truth hurts. Adults shouldn’t be personally hampered by the thin skin of other individuals. Wherever there is a case of a person speaking their truth, we as Americans should stand in solidarity alongside them, and if their ideas are flawed, then we should use civil discourse in an attempt to correct them.
Battle it out in the arena of ideas.
DEBATE IS THE ACT OF DISCOURSE, A NOBLE ENGAGEMENT WHERE TWO PARTIES SHARPEN MINDS AND SOCIAL SKILLS BY WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH A SORT OF INVISIBLE BOARD GAME. IF THE HARD LINE IS SIMPLY TO DOMINATE, THE CONTEST LOSES ITS LUSTER. HOLD YOUR FRAME, AND DO NOT ATTACH YOUR SENSE OF SELF TO THE POSITION THAT YOU ARE DEFENDING.
Debate does not require that type of vulnerability, so long as the debater maintains his humility. Retain a playful heir, and it will surely be a fruitful endeavor. If no agreement can be reached, rejoice in having taken into account alternative viewpoints, shake hands, and be on your merry way.
Problems arise quickly when this is ignored. Instead of a collaboration of information and perspective, petty emotions hijack the interaction, dragging it toward chaos. To the world of screaming, insults, and bias. To the world of the offended.
There is nothing wrong with political correctness, so long as it doesn’t violate the principle of free speech. In no way am I telling individuals that they cannot or should not subscribe to the idea of political correctness, as long it suits them and they believe it. However, the first amendment is worth fighting for and we must remain vigilant of political correctness going too far.
I said all of that to say this; it’s gone too far, mutating into a cancer and social epidemic while claiming many innocent citizens in its wake. Together, we can defeat this ideology gone awry.
Political correctness, together we can find the cure.
Political Correctness, Together We Can Find the Cure
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