Say What You Will Too Much Political Correctness
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The first amendment arguably the most important document of the United States guarantees many things: freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, the right to petition our own government, and lastly the freedom of speech. Our speech and the right to say whatever we want has been one of the most powerful things in American history and is what makes our country amazing. There are of course a few exceptions to this; for example, you can’t yell fire in a movie theatre, nor prank call 911, but that’s understandable. Those exceptions, that do not impose on our personal liberty, have been deemed by our society as sacrificable in return for greater security.
Today, a new debate on the limitations and restrictions on the freedom of speech has caused many distress and others pure joy— the debate of how far political correctness has gone. Many people say it has gone too far, while others say it hasn’t gone far enough. Political correctness in its modern usage, means refraining from using language that can be seen as offensive to others or being used in a context of appropriating another’s culture. Many liberals have taken it to new heights, restricting free speech on college campuses and in other public institutions. This is not the right approach nor is it constitutional.
Proponents for the restriction of the first amendment support this, because they believe that the harm that comes to certain groups of people is worse then taking away our basic human rights to express ourselves, and there is something very wrong with that. We cannot control what others say and we should not try too. If you have a problem with someone’s ‘bad speech,’ or ‘offensive speech,’ the best way to deal with it is better, more constructive speech not regulating it or making it off limits. In these regards political correctness has gone too far especially in regards to word choice.
I, and many others, have been caught in what I like to call the “Eskimo Dilema.” The Eskimo Dilemma, or a version of it, is something many of us are likely to come across in our lifetimes. It goes like this. You’re having a conversation with someone and let’s say they’re wearing a puffy coat like that of… well an eskimo and you say “dude, you look like an eskimo.” You’re not saying this to make fun of your friend or to segregate inuit culture, you’re just expressing your current perception of your friend. If your friend is an oversensitive individual, they will hear this statement and sandblast you about your cultural insensitivity and racist tendencies, because you used the word eskimo, and it’s “not ok to say that word.” Most people would say, “what’s wrong with this?” To answer that, nothing! Now interchange the word eskimo, with anything really, and now we have extreme political correctness. These extremists will outcast you, also for doing things like, wearing a kimono, having dreadlocks on caucasian, and others. These people aren’t doing anything wrong, they aren’t being racist, for example, when in Japan is very respectful to wear a kimono in the house of another, it is seen as a sign of respect with one another.
If we want to find a source for this epidemic in our society we must turn to the Democratic Party. In the last 10 years and its continual drift to the extreme left, by those like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the party has been condoning and promoting those who wish to tamper free speech in their own organization. In the process, it has alienated the vast majority of voters who aren’t racist, nor unkind, but care more about paying their mortgage and having health care then a triggered liberal snowflake not getting their feelings hurt because someone said ‘Powwow.’
In an age of fake news and, an unstable political climate, we can’t tell for sure what political correctness will be in the future; but in the present we can defend the rights of our friends and neighbors by sticking up for free speech, and if you don’t agree with that, you can eat least agree with this.
“We mustn’t infringe on the rights of others in regards of speech. We can recognize the racism and hate in their words and try to change the way they think, but taking that right of theirs away, is even more dangerous than what they are saying.” – Lewis O’Donnell