Political Correctness Part 2: A Case for a Politically Correct Society
In the previous post of this series, I talked about the perceived cons of political correctness. Most of the argument is about the excess and how there’s no standard list of what is acceptable and unacceptable. This will be a more concise case for why it is still an overall good concept in a progressive and increasingly connected society.
The argument for political correctness is a short but empirical one. One of my favourite insights into the case for political correctness is when this article says that, “sensitivity hasn’t changed – access has. The punchlines are punching back.” This point is critical because you could argue this in the same way as something like physical abuse. As a society, we should always be aware of ways we can improve and build a coherent community. We have to realise that some practices and ways of speaking that were acceptable in a different time are not acceptable now because your voice reaches more people in current times. Another critical point made in the article is that putting free speech and political correctness against each other is a false dichotomy because political correctness allows those new, formerly marginalised voices a chance to be heard.
The real enemy of political correctness is ethical laziness from the status quo. These are people that not actually hurt by it but feel like it belittles some entitlement they have. The ultimate goal of political correctness isn’t silence but to make the general public clear of the boundaries of people who are different from them. It allows you to know that even though you granddad referred to people this way, the world and that community has changed.
The Take Home
Political correctness works (and is beneficial) when it is correctly understood and implemented. Most of the opponents either don’t understand what it actually is or are part of the status quo that is uncomfortable with having to avoid jokes and language that offends or threatens people that usually aren’t in their circles. If you want a coherent community/nation/world, isn’t it a good thing to adapt to the wider audience?
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