Does Being Politically Correct Make Things Right?

“In this era of political correctness, some people seem unaware that being squeamish about words can mean being blind to realities.”  Thomas Sowell

Words are real things, they bless or they curse, they lift up or they knock down and they can just plain hurt.  When I was a kid we used to always quote the line, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me”.  Kids are always out to put each other down in their formative years and we used this little “untruth” to save ourselves from being hurt, it didn’t always do the job.  I agree with the importance of being careful with our words in order to avoid unnecessary hurt, but I believe that this whole idea of being “politically correct” has been abused and misused to justify what should otherwise most certainly be condemned.

Let’s look at crime for example, we naturally feel that it is only right by law to not condemn anyone without following the “due process of the law” so,  although we may have on film an individual such as Jared Lee Loughner who committed multiple murders in the town meeting that Sen. Giffords had held in Arizona, it is stated “correctly” that he “allegedly” shot and killed that day.  We had to wait until he went through the whole process of expensive court hearings to condemn him.  But it all depends of course where the crime was committed and by whom to then find it perfectly within our right to “execute” the likes of Osama Bin Laden, or Gaddafi without holding a trial.

Is all really “fair in love and war“, as the old adage goes, which I thought was just yet another little line we used to playfully excuse our personal lacks in certain circumstances, or is it actually a crime being committed legally? Let us talk about other politically correct statements that we read about on a daily basis.  We pick up our paper and read, “35 (to give a number that was reported when in reality the number is more in the hundreds) people were killed today by “collateral damage“.  Oh gee wiz, gosh sorry about that, we were aiming at that dirty rotten terror enemy, and happened to have taken out a neighborhood of innocent men, women and children, but we didn’t mean it, they were just “collateral damage”.  Certainly to you, the reader, “collateral damage” sounds fine, it doesn’t make you toss and turn in the night with the thought of your troops having “accidentally” taken out hundreds of innocent people.

How about the unfortunate “friendly fire“?  Oh, darn!  Two men were taken out by a mistaken shot, but it was unintentional, and all was erased and forgotten in the minds of the everyday reader in the comfort of their home thanks to these two partially easy to swallow politically correct cliché’ “friendly fire”, but is it really right? And when does the “freedom fighter” become a “terrorist”,  well that just depends you see, which paper are you reading and where you live on the planet.

Folks, words are truly still hurtful, no matter how “politically correct” you try to be, because remember, political is an imaginary line drawn to separate states, or better said people.  By being “politically correct” you are only being “correct” towards a given populace, you are not being “correct” but rather, you are simply attempting to justify what you perceive to be right and attempting to convince the world that your cause is justified. But is it?  Which should we have done or not done?  Taken Jared Loughner out back instantly and shot him right in the dead,  or possibly assured that Osama and Gaddafi were taken safely into custody and tried in an international court?  Both perhaps, or neither?  It all depends on what side of the street you live on, it all boils down to an opinion, but who’s?  So which is “correct”.  History reads differently as you travel the globe, you may attempt to justify murder, but it will always be just that, simply murder.

Are you really righteous or just being politically correct?

4 Replies to “Does Being Politically Correct Make Things Right?”

  1. I love your article, it’s so on point. I have always hated the term “politically correct”. The one term that bothers me the most is “african-american” to designate black people. How insulting is that? First off, all black people do not come from Africa. Second, I feel that it somehow diminishes the fact that they are American, by implying that they are African first… what the heck was wrong with Black?! And in Canada, are we to call them African-Canadians?

    I agree with every point you made. While the loss of the likes of Bin Laden and Hussein are certainly not great losses to humanity, I don’t think it is our place to kill. Ever. Lock them up in a dungeon somewhere to await their deaths. But killing is murder, no matter how you justify it.

    1. Hi Felicia, thank you for coming by and sharing your thoughts. It’s true as you say, it really doesn’t matter how hard you try to avoid hurting someone by your words as you will inevitably hurt at least someone along the way. Some of the terms used are just plain disturbing to say the least and are there to help people “sleep better” at night since it hides the reality of what really took place. Thank you again for stopping by!

  2. I totally agree too with this post. I bet many people do not speak up for fear of not being politically correct. Do you know when this really started – which year? I’m sure it wasn’t like the in the 1970’s.

    1. Hi Lisa, the whole concept of being “politically correct” was started in the early 70’s. But it all is an attempt to just put up and shut up. For the most part everyone just sits back and lets things happen trusting blindly in what is reported to them and how it is reported while the reality of a situation is totally different. I can understand a few instances where it might be proper but it has gone way out of control! Thanks for your thoughts they are always appreciated!

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