PCness and Offense as a Political Meme

I have noticed a lot of references to how bad “political correctness” is by various candidates, and all of them have been by Republicans.

I looked up this definition of PC on Wikipedia:

Political correctness (adjectivally, politically correct, commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term primarily used as a pejorative to describe language, policies, or measures which are intended not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society.

In a related area, I’ve seen a large number of memes posted, again, if not 100% by conservatives, then very close, that reference some variation of “Let’s keep this going since it offends some people”.  What is being kept going is a positive reference to Christianity, or some reference to America, or one of the political hot buttons.

There have been a lot of references in this campaign season to how bad “being PC” is.  I believe that the anti-PC “movement” is really just a way for conservative leaders to let out the inherent racism that is a core part of their belief system.  It’s a way for conservative candidates to ask their base to express their deepseated fear of people of color, people of other religious traditions, and in general those who are not white and Christian.

To me, the human, compassionate thing to do is work with people under the assumption that they are human also.  That means not calling them names like a petulant child, or trying to blame those who are not the same color, or who talk differently, or who hold different faith traditions on all of the ills of my society.

All of this anti-PC rhetoric is yet another variation on encouraging symbols above substance for conservatives.  The old reduce-it-to-a-bumper-sticker way of dealing with huge groups is stupidly closed minded.

PC – it is really a way to be respectful of others, even if they are not a clone of you.

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