Ignorant, uninformed and unintelligent people will effortlessly shrug at the concept of political correctness as something that is either good or harmless.
Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance.
Consider a high school kid who has thrown a party in the absence of his parents; they were on a business trip together for the weekend. While away, the kid’s party destroys the house and he’s left with a complete disaster.
That disaster is symbolic to the state of social and political interactions in America today.
There’s a huge mess to clean up. Instead of digging down deep and actually fixing the mess, our high school friend decides the best solution is to spray the house with Lysol and sweep everything under the couch. Tada, problem solved, right?!
That’s what political correctness is, a half-assed attempt at fixing a real problem. So long as things look good from a distance and smells pretty, there’s nothing to worry about?
Then his friends come back over and say “hey, look man, we know we fucked your house up, we’d like to dig that shit out from under the couch and clean it up right.”
Instead of allowing honesty, integrity and real effort to take place and get to the source of the problem and work to correct it, he decides to tell his friends to go home and spray some more Lysol for good measure.
Political correctness doesn’t actually fix anything. Political correctness is the bowl of cereal that was pushed under the couch and left to get rotten and chunky… it seemed like the problem was solved because you didn’t see the bowl anymore, but it was still there festering and becoming toxic.
When you attempt to fix solutions by forcing language control you’re inevitably going to create more intolerance.
Hatred, racism, misogyny and all of the various isms that plague our nation aren’t going to be cured through rigid authoritarianism.
Political correctness is just another form of bigotry that impedes the free expression necessary to identify and resolve issues.
Political correctness breeds intolerance.