reply to post by elevatedone
Political correctness is -- in a sense -- necessary to maintain a level of control so that people can coexist peacefully. If one is not part of a
minority, one does not know what it feels like to be hated for something one cannot control.
If you are a minority, many people judge you on this difference as if you can change it to stop the ridicule, but you can't, so it simply continues,
forever. Otherwise, you as a minority live a normal life, and every time a derogatory term comes up it just reminds you of all of those people who
judge you based on this one simple adjective that describes you. If there was no political correctness, gay people would constantly be referred to as
faggots or butt bandits -- as they were referred to when gay people were thrown in jail for even showing the slightest sign of a "different" sexual
preference -- because other people are ignorant to the fact that it is offensive and PC makes it known. Black people would still be referred to as
'n-word's or porch monkeys, as they were referred to when they were slaves. In these instances, words are more than just words; they are agents of
hate and should absolutely be controlled if we want to live in an accepting society.
In this particular instance with hurricane Katrina, it is actually probably pretty offensive, and I can imagine it might stir some emotions in people
who are/know victims of the tragedy. The joke seems innocent to us because we did not experience it, but if we were part of the tragedy it would
likely be a lot more offensive, which is why I personally can not fully say that it is not; it is not offensive to ME, but it is probably offensive to
SOMEONE, so I see what the sports announcer said to be rude and inconsiderate, but I forgive him because he is a sports announcer and I expect nothing
educated or intelligent to come out of his mouth. Although, I certainly don't condone publicly bringing up something that killed people and ruined
lives as if it is some sort of joke (unless, of course, it was a war that was about nothing, or something, but that's an entirely different
I absolutely agree that it is getting a little ridiculous in some ways, though. I really don't see why "black" is becoming the new "'n-word'", and
everyone needs to start saying "African-American". I think it might be a complete mistake in the first place. I don't think black people have ever
been offended by the adjective "black", but it becomes offensive when used as a noun instead of an adjective, as if that is what black people are,
black; and that is all. It's the same story with saying the terms "Blacks", "Gays", or "a Gay" or "Asian" (these ones aren't nearly as offensive as
terms like faggot and 'n-word', but they are pretty bad), instead of black people, gay people, etc.. Anyways, if I were black, the term "African
American" would almost seem more offensive to me because it seems to infer that black people are somehow different than other races -- we don't call
white people "Caucasian-American", why do we have to pretend like black people are a different kind of American than white people? It seems like its
saying "Yes, they are American, BUT they are black.". Also, I think it's stupid when black people get defensive about the word "'n-word'" if you are
using it in a sentence while talking about the word itself. If you are not using it to refer to a black person or to make someone feel less than you,
then it is just an official word. I am openly gay and if someone says the term "faggot" and they are not referring to me or a gay person negatively,
they are simply expressing an opinion (as long as it is actually an opinion and not just arguing against facts that the speaker is ignorant about) on
the word itself, then it is fine to say. The gay community does not own the word "faggot", and black people do not own the word "'n-word'". In this
sense, words are words.
My first Sig:
Political correctness: Necessary, but far too manipulative
P.S. Sorry, I didn't realize that this post was getting so long.
edit on 10-9-2010 by Brood because: Just apologizing for the mini-essay