Diary

Some Thoughts on "Political Correctness"

There is a website known as HubPages.com where people can write articles on all sorts of subjects and make a few bucks as readers (hopefully) click on ads as they read the articles.  I joined HubPages a few years ago so that I could have a platform to share my views about various and sundry items such as music, food, good cigars, and . . . politics.  Some time ago, I wrote an article entitled “”Political Correctness’ – No Longer a Joke, but a Menace . . . and an Assault on Free Speech.” I stated at the beginning that I would update the article as examples of “PC” run amuck came into my sight.  Well, this has almost become a full time job! Thus far, I have updated the article over 30 times, and I could have done so many times over as, virtually every day, something stupid happens in the world in the name of “PC.”  Some examples of the updates since the original article was published  (March 2012):

 A petition on the White House website to brand the Roman Catholic Church as a “hate group.”

 Some Washington, DC area homebuilders will no longer use the term “master bedroom” because “master” has connotation problems, in gender (it skews toward male) and race (the slave-master).  (April 2013)

 In a couple of states, the terms “penmanship,” “freshmen,” and “fishermen” will be replaced in official documents with “handwriting,” “first year students,” and “fishers” because the other terms are deemed to be (you guessed it!) “sexist.”  (April 2013)

 The US Department of Education is now replacing the terms “mother” and “father” on student loan applications for 2014-2015 with “Parent One” and “Parent Two.”  (May 2013)

 A student at Northwestern University was ousted from a bid to become the vice president of diversity and inclusion because he was a white heterosexual male. (It seems “diversity and Inclusion” aren’t so inclusive.)  (May 2013)

 An MSNBC commentator said criticizing Obama about the IRS going after conservative groups was “racist” and is akin to calling him the “N-word.”  (June 2013)

 In Portland, Oregon, a Hispanic principal in Portland, Oregon is saying references to peanut and jelly sandwiches are racist as it perpetuates America’s “white culture.” (June 2013)

 “The Associated Press has dropped the phrase “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook, a victory for immigrant advocates who argue that the term is biased against the people it describes.”  (June 2013)

 I added two more updates in June 2013 about people who actually lost their jobs because some comments or remarks that weren’t “PC,” one of them a Fox News sportscaster who supported traditional marriage and said so.

 Then there is the whole Washington Redskins “controversy.” The New York Daily News published a picture with the Redskins logo next to a swastika and a Confederate flag, labeling them “archaic symbols of pride and heritage.” (If this doesn’t take the cake as one of the grossest exaggerations of all times, I don’t know what does!)

 There are several more after that, including a woman who was suing her employer because she wanted to be addressed with “gender-neutral” pronouns, the US Government trying to replace the word slave in history and school books, with “captive African,” a man arrested in the UK for quoting Winston Churchill (who warned about the threat from Islam back in the late 19th century), a Tennessee high school student was suspended for saying “Bless you” when a classmate sneezed. Her teacher said there should be no “Godly speaking” in the classroom.

Now here is one I have not added (I saved this one for RedState): Mount Holyoke College (an all-female school in Massachusetts) has cancelled its yearly staging of the ultra-feminist play “The Vagina Monologues” because it is no longer “inclusive.” You see, because it excludes “trans-women” who have penises instead of vaginas.

I have to stop now — I’m laughing too hard.

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