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The right to be offended

A recent study from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind found that 68 percent of Americans agreed with the idea that “a big problem this country has is being politically correct,” an assertion that comes directly from the mouth of none other than Donald Trump. One of the most common arguments against politically correct (PC) behavior is that it hampers freedom of speech. From one perspective, this may be the case, but looking at the concept from a more objective standpoint reveals that the opposite may in fact be true.

Political correctness is the active avoidance of language or behavior that aims to either exclude, marginalize or insult people who are considered “socially disadvantaged”. Like anything, it’s best done in moderation: college students will forever have off-color humor, but there’s a difference between situational comedy and intentionally hurtful language. The term has come to be associated with censorship in some circles, though that isn’t a valid connection to make. To illustrate this difference, it’s best to look at these ideas from the perspectives of those who believe them.

In a post on the Excelsior Spring Standard titled “Calling me Politically Incorrect Violates my Freedom of Speech”, a self-proclaimed good Christian woman recounts her experience having been told that she used language that was offensive to her conversation partner and was being “politically incorrect.” She pointedly noted: “… I was made to feel like I should be censored.” While this could be very true, it’s important to note that she was not, in fact, censored. Rather, she was able go online and write an entire article about how she disagrees with political correctness. This seems like a prime example of freedom of speech being exercised by both parties, rather than the censorship of one in favor of another.

The key thing to remember about political correctness is that, in the words of Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti, “PC culture is not about your freedom of speech. It’s about our freedom to be offended.” Provided the movement is used as a tool to give minorities a language with which to discuss their struggles and prompt dialogue in a beneficial light, we fail to see any sort of downsides to its growing momentum. So go forth — share your controversial ideas, talk about race and gender and respond to the views of others. That this kind of exchange can even happen indicates that our freedom of speech is thriving and well-worth exercising… just don’t cry censorship when someone disagrees with you.

  • wafle7350 .

    So let’s use the most stupid example to prove PC culture does not censor people, are you kidding me?

    How about we talk about Speakers with “problematic” ideas having their time cancelled?, how about we talk about PC going so far as to drive young people to try to commit suicide by being bullied by the PC police, how about school newspapers being de-funded being politically incorrect?, let’s also talk about the fact that some songs are banned in some universities because they offend or trigger the people in power, let’s also talk about being force to apologize for having a Mexican themed party, or the dress code banning Sombreros of all things, let’s talk about how an entire religion gets a free pass of being criticized it doesn’t matter how sensible the criticism is, it’s wrong, lets talk about this perceived idea that you can’t be racist towards white people (im Mexican so good luck dismissing my ideas as that of another WhiteCisSh*t, no i don’t have interlize racism either), fine they hold the power but you are still discriminating against them, if that does not make you a racist fine, it still makes you the worst kind of human being possible.

    And don’t get me started on videogames and tv, the pc police loves to complain about how problematic both are and the ammount of self censorship going this days in the name of not offending people is staggering.

    Ooo and books!, books, the PC police has an online MOB to give bad reviews to books containing problematic or triggering ideas, they don’t even read the book, they won’t even listen to other authors they like telling them the book is not offensive, no, they are an online mob.

    You are the new religious nuts trying to censor people in the name of protecting feelings, just like the battle cry of old “Think of the children!” they have a new one, “Check your privilege”, how about you check yours and leave the rest of us alone?

  • gamme

    Don’t these PC retards have enough school work to do?

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