So much keeps being said about ‘political correctness’ and I started to wonder what exactly political correctness is. Particularly as so many presidential candidates keep speaking of political correctness dirisively, as if it is something to be avoided at all costs.
Well, I found a definition that political correctness is “the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against. “ It is also described as “courtesy, the showing of politeness in one's attitude and behavior toward others” and “good manners, polite or well-bred social behavior.”
And further, “a civilized society or country has a well developed system of government, culture, and way of life and that treats the people who live there fairly; a fair justice system is a fundamental part of a civilized society.”
All of these descriptions of political correctness sound like the kinds of things most mothers try to teach their children: good manners, not being rude, everyone being treated fairly. Don’t all of these behaviors sound like what we need to do? Doesn’t that make political correctness a good thing?
And that makes very confusing what so many people, including prominent presidential candidates are saying, that political correctness is a bad thing.
Why do we suppose that prominent, important men, in the world’s spotlight while running for one of the most important and powerful jobs in the world, are telling us that we should be discourteous, unkind, unfair, in short uncivilized?
Do you suppose it is they who do not understand the meaning of political correctness?