5 Examples of Political Correctness Gone Too FarPosted on by Nate C. (Nate)
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1. Photographic Diversity
We've all seen this in advertising, on company websites, in college brochures, etc. A seemingly random group of people wearing nondescript, often solid-colored t-shirts is having the time of their lives together, each person a representative from a different point on the ethnic spectrum. Or it may be several individual pictures with accompanying quotes, but each major ethnic group is always represented.
Real diversity is great, but fake-looking diversity is mighty stupid. Not to mention it's pretty misleading. Imagine all the disappointed Caucasian kids that get to college, only to find out that their dream of having the perfect odd-couple roommate has been shattered. But even more disappointed when he gets there will be the Chinese student who finds that the campus is 90% white.
2. The Firing of Juan WilliamsOur Founding Fathers are probably ROFL to see what the idea of free speech has become in this country. And let's be honest, it is pretty hilarious. It seems we barely have time to mourn the loss of one journalist before another has already been fired for saying something offensive to somebody. Of the many names in the journalists-fired-for-running-their-mouths club are Rick Sanchez, Keith Olbermann, and this woman whom I won't even name for fear of jeopardizing my own career.
And, of course, Juan Williams. Juan Williams was fired from NPR for comments he made about Muslims on Fox News (see video below). That's what he gets for being open and honest in a discussion about a sensitive issue. Hopefully we can all learn from his mistake and never let it happen again. Even liberals agree that this guy got screwed. In the end though, I guess we should just be glad no one tried to blow him up like the dudes from South Park.
3. Trying Not to Hurt the Feelings of People Who Probably Have More Important Things to Worry About
A person experiencing headlessness chasing a person experiencing wetpantsedness.
Long ago, they were called street people. Then with the invention of trains and fingerless gloves came "hobo." Finally, someone coined the term "homeless," which seemed pretty good. Then someone else came along and decided we needed to change that to "persons experiencing homelessness," and it all got stupid. The goal in this kind of labeling is to focus more on the person's personhood while softening and minimizing the negative trait ("person with a disability" rather than "disabled person," "vision impaired" rather than "blind"). It's a noble idea, but for one thing: everybody hates syllables.
At some point, the terms get so ridiculous that all it does is make people realize how much easier "bum" and "cripple" roll off the tongue. If we spent half the time we spend perfecting the terminology on eradicating homelessness and designing robot legs for people, then we could focus on more important things, like bringing back Firefly.
4. Even More Name Changing
I have no idea what graphic to use for this one. I mean it's, like, symbolic.