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'''Political correctness''' or '''P.C.''' most commonly refers to the alteration of ones choice of words in order to avoid [[offending]] any group of people. More specifically, groups which (or whose putative "leaders" or other activists) claim some status as "[[systemically oppressed]]" will periodically attempt to change the terms by which they are referred to and demand that society as a whole change its usage of words as well.  More generally, political correctness can refer to a broad range of lifestyle choices which fall into the realm of a political correctness movement aimed at changing (or expressing ones opposition to) [[Western culture]] as a whole.
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'''Politically correct''' restrictions on what we can say and how we say it have been imposed by [[leftist]]s to restrict debate and silence opposition.<ref>[http://www.theobamafile.com/_opinion/PoliticalCorrectness.htm The Obama File: Political Correctness]</ref>
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{{cquote|'''...is the communal [[tyranny]] that erupted in the 1980s. It was a spontaneous declaration that particular ideas, expressions and behavior, which were then legal, should be forbidden by law, and people who transgressed should be punished. (see [[Newspeak]]) It started with a few voices but grew in popularity until it became unwritten and written law within the community. With those who were publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object of persecution by the mob, if not prosecution by the state.'''}}
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-Philip Atkinson <ref>[http://ourcivilisation.com/pc.htm Atkinson; "The Origin and Nature of Political Correctness"]</ref>
  
An example of political correctness is the changing terminology used to described handicapped people.  In the past the term "crippled" was perfectly acceptable and not considered offensive.  At some point, somebody decided "crippled" was degrading and the preferred term changed to "handicapped".  This, too, was eventually deemed offensive and "disabled" became the preferred term.  Today, "disabled" is now considered degrading and "differently abled" and "physically challenged" are now the politically correct terms.  The same can be said for the changing uses of terms for Black Americans: "Negro" and "colored", once perfectly acceptable terms, were declared degrading and offensive by some activists during the 1970s and "Afro-American" and "Black" came into use, which in turn gave way to "[[African Americans|African-American]]", and in broader usage, "people of color".
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[[Image:PC-PILGRIM.JPG|thumb|400px|Horsey cartoon 11-22-2007 parodies PC]]
  
The distinction for example between "colored people" (1950s-60s usage) and "people of color" (today) is an important one which illustrates the basis of political correctness.   
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[[William Safire]] researched the phraseology for his word origin column in the ''New York Times'' and discovered it had originated in Communist literature of the early twentieth century.  Usage of the phraseology took off after 1989, but the practices summed up in the phraseology began earlier (see below).  Following the arrogance of its originators, the correctness in political correctness only referred to liberally-approved definitions of political suitability; intuitively it was broadly understood that that which was politically correct was what belonged to a consensus about egalitarian advancements that had occurred in the twentieth century for use as a basis in the forthcoming new centuryThe application of its rules was tolerated as a fairly harmless outlet for liberal busybodies.  Within a few years the strictures the phraseology represented began to be abused, and by 1997 usage of the phraseology declined in correspondence to the tarnishing of its reputation.
  
Demands for politically correct language [[usage]] are rooted in the notion widely promoted among left-wing academics and sociologists that Western culture promotes systemic oppression against some groups by marginalizing them and disincluding them from the "norm"; the groups thus supposedly systemically marginalized are referred to as "the Other" by these left-wing academicsThe implication is that these groups are systemically excluded from the mainstream.  "Colored people" is therefore deemed offensive because the order of words puts "colored" first, emphasizing their difference from the mainstream, while "people of color" is acceptable because putting the term "people" first emphasizes that they are people and thus does not emphazise their difference from the "norm".
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The modern politically correct movement began at the [[University of Wisconsin-Madison]], which is one of the most [[liberal]] colleges in the [[United States]]Political correctness is a liberal degrading of the [[First Amendment|freedom of speech]]. George Orwell's ''Nineteen Eighty-Four'' famously incorporated the notion of limiting thought through language (see [[Newspeak]]).  Words or actions that violate '''political correctness''' are called politically incorrect.
  
Reactionary [[politician]]s and [[pundit]]s allege that instead of encouraging supposedly marginalized groups to integrate with and assimilate into the mainstream of Western culture, political correctness ironically encourages them to emphasize and indeed to wallow in their marginalization from society, and to make a public display of such.  This is known as [[identity politics]].  According to this view, gays and lesbians are therefore encouraged to label themselves as "queer" and make public displays of "queerness" calculated to disturb the sensibilities of mainstream people, rather than integrate into the mainstream themselves; Black Americans are encouraged to adopt [[Afrocentrism]] and convert to [[Islam]], etc.
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At American universities, liberals began imposing '''political correctness''' to prevent recognition of differences among gender, religion, belief system, sexual orientation and nationality.  In the 1960s, [[feminists]] began to demand that the neutral pronouns ''he'', ''him'' and ''his'' be replaced with expressions like "he or she", "him or her", "them", etc., even though the last one is actually grammatically incorrect. They argued that no one would be able to understand that the masculine gender included the feminine gender in neutral contexts. But this was just part of their campaign to redefine the social roles traditionally associated with masculinity and femininity. 
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In science, '''political correctness''' punishes anyone who criticizes the [[theory of evolution]], the [[theory of relativity]], or liberal dogma about [[global warming]].
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'''Political correctness''' or '''P.C.''' also means the alteration of one's choice of words in order to avoid either offending a group of people or reinforcing a stereotype considered to be disadvantageous to the group.  More specifically, groups which (or whose putative leaders or other activists) claim some status as systemically oppressed or discriminated against will periodically attempt to change the terms by which they are referred to and demand that society as a whole change its usage of words as well.
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[[Image:Political Correctness.jpg|right]]
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==Preservation==
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Political correctness persists because it is promoted by education centers and the news and entertainment media.  Academics invent terms such as "intersectionality" and "white privilege", and the media make sure these terms are inculcated in the culture through their activism which is disguised as journalism, and through their movies and TV shows.
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[[NPR]] has an entire guideline section dealing with "incorrect" language on the topic of [[abortion]].<ref>[https://www.npr.org/sections/memmos/2019/05/15/723678750/guidance-reminder-on-abortion-procedures-terminology-rights?ft=nprml&f= Guidance Reminder: On Abortion Procedures, Terminology & Rights]</ref>  The words or phrases "late term", "abortion doctor", and "unborn" do not help promote the media's agenda - so they are wiped off the books.  The New York Times likewise follows similar devious stunts.  The term "heartbeat" is not allowed anymore, instead "embryonic pulsing" is preferred.<ref>[https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/us/louisiana-abortion-heartbeat-bill.html Louisiana Moves to Ban Abortions After a Heartbeat Is Detected]</ref>
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Political correctness stays alive and thrives because the media and big education keep it that way.
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==Examples==
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An example of political correctness is the changing terminology used to described handicapped people.  In the past the term "crippled" was perfectly acceptable and not considered offensive.  At some point, Americans like Senate Republican leader [[Bob Dole]] decided "crippled" was degrading and the preferred term changed to "handicapped."  This, too, was eventually deemed offensive and "disabled" became the preferred term.  Today, even "disabled" is  considered degrading to some and "differently abled" and "physically challenged" are used by those people.  The same can be said for the changing uses of terms for Black Americans:  "Negro" and "colored," once perfectly acceptable terms, became offensive during the 1970s and "Afro-American" and "Black" came into use, which in turn gave way to "[[African Americans|African-American]]," and in broader usage, "people of color."  One perceived problem with "Negro" is that many persons, especially Southerners, seemed to have trouble pronouncing it, enunciating it as "nigra." 
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The question of politically correct language has spilled over from the use of racially descriptive words and affected the use of traditional language.  In 1999, an aide to the mayor of Washington DC described a budget decision as "niggardly" (a word meaning "stingy," unrelated to the racial slur).  The aide immediately came under criticism and was forced to resign even though he had not said anything racially charged. However, his name was cleared within a matter of days and was offered to return to his previous position.<ref>https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/williams/williams020499.htm</ref>  In the [[civil service system]], a corrupt and dishonest government employee cannot be fired for lying, rather only for a "lack of candor".
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As well as language, political correctness discourages the use of racial or stereotypes in fiction out of concern that these stereotypes may become self-perpetuating. For example, frequently seeing the image black gang-members decked out in gold chains, carrying guns and listening to rap may pressure young black people into seeing this lifestyle as the more 'acceptable' choice for their racial group. The common image of female-dominated occupations (nurses, secretaries, care workers, etc.) and of male-dominated occupations (IT workers, military, machinery operators, mechanics, etc.) can discourage individuals of either gender from considering those occupations traditionally belonging to the other. Additionally films like "The Siege" and "True Lies" have been criticized by pro-Islamic groups as having Muslims portrayed as terrorists, despite the fact that most current terrorists are in fact radical extremist Muslims.  Thus, political correctness becomes the consideration of all public statements and media for their unintentional social impact.
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Political correctness can even affect terminology that's viewed by secularists as too "pro-religion" or an alleged "violation of the [[separation of church and state]]" in the United States. The best example of this is the active promotion of the use of [[C.E.]] and [[B.C.E.]] as the abbreviations used after dates (instead of the commonly and traditionally used [[A.D.]] and [[B.C.]]). Additionally, [[atheists]] as school administrators or [[government]] [[Labor union|union]] workers at liberal schools use political correctness as a means for renaming terms they view as too pro-religious. For example, a [[Seattle]] student at a local elementary school volunteered to do a project as part of a community-service effort that she was doing through her school, supplying plastic eggs filled with jellybeans, called "Easter eggs."  The student had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy to give to her classmates, but she was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after learning earlier in the week about "their abstract behavior rules."<ref>http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=459668</ref>  After asking the teacher for permission, the student reportedly explained, "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat '''spring spheres''.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."<ref>http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/04/mystery_seattle_student_claims.php</ref><ref>https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/04/easter_eggs_reportedly_renamed.html</ref>
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In terms of tradition-bound collegiate fraternities and sororities, politically correct college administrators have forced students to change "pledge" to "associate member", "pledging program" to "new member education program", "smoker" to "open house", "rush" to "new member recruitment process", and "rushee" to "prospective new member".  Cultural misappropriation concerns have lead some college administrators to prohibit students from holding "Cinco de Mayo" themed parties.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://totalfratmove.com/how-to-have-a-politically-correct-cinco-de-mayo/|title=How To Have A Politically Correct Cinco De Mayo|date=May 4, 2016|accessdate=Feb 3, 2016}}</ref>
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Liberals often refuse to acknowledge the religion of [[Islamic terrorist]]s, and when they specifically target Christians, liberals and the [[deep state]] also refuse to acknowledge the religion of the victims.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Pollak, Joel B. (April 22, 2019). [https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/04/22/obama-clinton-democrats-denounce-attacks-on-easter-worshippers-not-christians/ Obama, Clinton, Democrats Denounce Attacks on ‘Easter Worshippers,’ Not ‘Christians’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
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* https://twitter.com/obianuju/status/1120131820702568448
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*Munro, Neil (April 22, 2019). [https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/22/dhs-suicide-bomb-attacks-hit-places-of-worship-not-churches/ DHS: Suicide-Bomb Attacks Hit ‘Places of Worship,’ Not Churches]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
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*Horowitz, David (April 30, 2019). [https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/sri-lanka-pete-buttigieg-and-the-lefts-escalating-war-against-christians Sri Lanka, Pete Buttigieg, and the left’s escalating war against Christians]. ''LifeSiteNews'' (from the ''American Thinker''). Retrieved May 1, 2019.</ref> Those liberals had no problem labeling them Christians only a few days later when they received reports of Christians in the same location beating Muslims.<ref>https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1121248730345345024</ref>
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==Differing Opinions==
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Demands for politically correct language usage are rooted in the notion widely promoted among left-wing academics and sociologists that Western culture promotes systemic oppression against some groups by marginalizing them and excluding them from the "norm"; the groups thus supposedly systemically marginalized are referred to as "the Other" by these left-wing academics.  The implication is that these groups are systemically excluded from the mainstream.  "Colored people" is therefore deemed offensive because the order of words puts "colored" first, emphasizing their difference from the mainstream, while "people of color" is acceptable because putting the term "people" first emphasizes that they are people and thus does not emphasize their difference from the "norm".
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Some people allege that instead of encouraging supposedly marginalized groups to integrate with and assimilate into the mainstream of Western culture, political correctness ironically encourages them to emphasize and indeed to wallow in their marginalization from society, and to make a public display of such.  This is known as [[identity politics]].  According to this view, gays and lesbians are therefore encouraged to label themselves as "queer" and make public displays of "queerness" calculated to disturb the sensibilities of mainstream people, rather than integrate into the mainstream themselves; Black Americans are encouraged to adopt [[Afrocentrism]] and convert to [[Islam]] or to conform to stereotypical black behavior, etc.
  
 
==The Language Police==
 
==The Language Police==
Conservative scholar [[Robert Bork]] has charged that the educational system is a battleground where the future of America is being undermined and ill-served. He has counselled against the troubles which will ensue as a result of antireligious policies in the schools, permissive attitudes toward homosexuality and abortion, as well as welfare policies that have destroyed families since [[Lyndon B. Johnson]]'s War on Poverty. <ref> Slouching Towards Gommorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. by Robert Bork published by Harper Collins (c) 1997</ref>
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Conservative scholar [[Robert Bork]] has charged that the educational system is a battleground where the future of America is being undermined and ill-served. He has counseled against the troubles which will ensue as a result of anti-religious policies in the schools, permissive attitudes toward [[homosexuality]] and [[abortion]], as well as welfare policies that have destroyed families since [[Lyndon B. Johnson]]'s War on Poverty.<ref>Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. by Robert Bork published by Harper Collins (c) 1997</ref>
  
In her book "[[The Language Police]]", [[Diane Ravitch]] documents just how easy it is to get a word, phrase or idea banned from modern textbooks and references.  Textbook producers are beholden to small non-elected educational boards in a few key states such as New York or California. Few citizens know anything about these boards or who holds the seats of power on these boards. It's not a difficult for an interest group to mobilize a campaign to bombard the educational board. Meanwhile, the public is not even aware that their words or values are under attack.  
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In her book "The Language Police", [[Diane Ravitch]] documents just how easy it is to get a word, phrase or idea banned from modern textbooks and references.  Ravitch asserts that textbook producers are beholden to small non-elected educational boards in a few key states such as New York, Texas and California and that few citizens know anything about these boards or who holds the seats of power on these boards. It's not difficult for an interest group to mobilize a campaign to bombard the educational board. Meanwhile, the public is not even aware that their words or values are under attack from this corrupt system.  Many ''elected'' Conservatives have rallied against this policy of using words as weapons.  
  
Then, once a big state makes a textbook purchase, it's very difficult for a small state or any muncipality to make any changes. Thus, profound changes can be inserted into textbooks and reference books by putting pressure on a handful of educational administrators. The work of textbook selection committee's is done privately, to avoid politicizing textbooks, but the reverse has happened. It's easier to pressure a lawmaker who is not beholden to community standards, but instead is enamored with political correctness. <ref>The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Children Learn by Diane Ravitch (c) 2003 published by Knopf</ref> Ravitch has documented "''bias guidelines''" for major publishers of texts and tests. These "guidelines" consist of advice to writers and editors about words and topics that must be avoided.<ref>http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110003695</ref> There are many outrageous examples of what is now considered objectionable in modern text books:
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Presently, however, this may not be the case. In 2010, a group of conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education pushed the state to adopt educational standards that emphasized the role Christianity played in America's founding. Those educational standards also sought to counteract political correctness by removing parts of the curriculum that espoused political correctness and contradicted conservative values. As one of the largest states in the Union, Texas represents one of the largest markets for textbook publishers.<ref>https://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/magazine/14texbooks-t.html</ref>
  
* "Women cannot be depicted as caregivers or doing household chores.
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Once a big state makes a textbook purchase, it's very difficult for a small state or any municipality to make any changes. Thus, profound changes can be inserted into textbooks and reference books by putting pressure on a handful of educational administrators. The work of textbook selection committees is sometimes done privately, to avoid politicizing textbooks, but the reverse has happened.<ref>The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Children Learn by [[Diane Ravitch]] (c) 2003 published by Knopf</ref> Ravitch has documented "''bias guidelines''" for major publishers of texts and tests. These "guidelines" consist of advice to writers and editors about words and topics that must be avoided.<ref>http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110003695</ref>
* "Men cannot be lawyers or doctors or plumbers. They must be nurturing helpmates.
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* "Old people cannot be feeble or dependent; they must jog or repair the roof.
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* "A story that is set in the mountains discriminates against students from flatlands.
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* "Children cannot be shown as disobedient or in conflict with adults.
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* "Cake cannot appear in a story because it is not nutritious. " <ref>http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780375414824</ref>
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==Totalitarianism and political correctness==
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Ryan Sorba has proposed changing the terminology used to refer to [[homosexual]]s to prevent the politically correct language police from controlling the debate.<ref>[http://www.americanindependent.com/178239/christian-conservatives-discuss-strategy-for-fighting-war-against-gays-start-with-semantics Christian conservatives discuss strategy for fighting war against gays: Start with semantics], from [[The American Independent]]</ref>
  
*The comprehensive and detailed control of all ideas, beliefs, and statements is one of the most problematic features of [[totalitarian]] regimes. [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-3816(196002)22%3A1%3C68%3ATIAP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-W]
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Many blacks with Caribbean heritage (such as those from Jamaica or Haiti) have criticized the term "African-American" since they do not actually have African heritage. Additionally, in 2009, Paulo Serodio, a white male who was born in [[Mozambique]], [[Africa]] was harassed and ultimately suspended from a New Jersey medical school for saying he was a "white African-American". Serodio, who initially did not use any politically correct name to describe himself, only used the term when forced to classify himself as either "Caucasian", "African-American", or one of several other options.<ref>https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=7567291&page=1 ABC News: "White-African American" Suing NJ Med School</ref>
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Furthermore, even in [[Canada]], which is more liberal than the United States, blacks are not referred to as "African-Canadian". Instead, they are either called "black" or (depending on their heritage) "African" or "Caribbean". This shows that America's political correctness has now gone further to the left than Canada's.
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==Totalitarianism and Political Correctness==
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The comprehensive and detailed control of all ideas, beliefs, and statements is one of the most problematic features of [[totalitarian]] regimes.[http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-3816(196002)22%3A1%3C68%3ATIAP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-W] Political correctness can trace its origins back to the world of 1920's Germany, where [[Communist]] academics sought to impose their [[Marxist]] views on students.
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It is now acceptable in many Universities to have courses on gender, [[homosexual]] and [[African American]] studies, which, in fact, encourage the mainstream public to become different to avoid criticism.
  
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[Postmodernism]]<br />
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* [[Political correctness and comedy]]
==External Links==
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* [[Political correctness on college campuses]]
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* [[Caddo Parish Confederate Monument]]
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* [[Gleichschaltung]]
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* [[Postmodernism]]
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* [[Liberal euphemisms]]
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* [[Racial censorship]]
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* [[Robert E. Lee High School]]
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* [[Professor values]]
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* [[Zapping the Shrinks]]
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* [[Fourth generation warfare]]
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*[[Long march through the institutions]]
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* [[Multicultural greek letter organization]]
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*[http://www.capc.co.uk The Campaign Against Political Correctness]
 
*[http://www.capc.co.uk The Campaign Against Political Correctness]
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=8olE_futZogC&pg=PA378&lpg=PA378&dq=communist+%22socially+correct%22&source=web&ots=DYD85Lsf1G&sig=pkoUxDOLFJZsme40QO13zakFZw4 The Chinese Have A Word For It]
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*[https://books.google.com/books?id=8olE_futZogC&pg=PA378&lpg=PA378&dq=communist+%22socially+correct%22&source=web&ots=DYD85Lsf1G&sig=pkoUxDOLFJZsme40QO13zakFZw4 The Chinese Have A Word For It]
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*[http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=218 DiscoverTheNetworks.org - Political Correctness, Appeasement and Speech Codes in Academia]
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*[http://www.theobamafile.com/_opinion/PoliticalCorrectness.htm Political correctness] The Obama File
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*[https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/political-correctness-is-how-the-totalitarian-left-takes-over Political correctness is how the totalitarian left takes over], by Dave Ball, ''LifeSiteNews'' (from the ''American Thinker'')
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Latest revision as of 21:50, 17 October 2019

Politically correct restrictions on what we can say and how we say it have been imposed by leftists to restrict debate and silence opposition.[1]

...is the communal tyranny that erupted in the 1980s. It was a spontaneous declaration that particular ideas, expressions and behavior, which were then legal, should be forbidden by law, and people who transgressed should be punished. (see Newspeak) It started with a few voices but grew in popularity until it became unwritten and written law within the community. With those who were publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object of persecution by the mob, if not prosecution by the state.

-Philip Atkinson [2]

Horsey cartoon 11-22-2007 parodies PC

William Safire researched the phraseology for his word origin column in the New York Times and discovered it had originated in Communist literature of the early twentieth century. Usage of the phraseology took off after 1989, but the practices summed up in the phraseology began earlier (see below). Following the arrogance of its originators, the correctness in political correctness only referred to liberally-approved definitions of political suitability; intuitively it was broadly understood that that which was politically correct was what belonged to a consensus about egalitarian advancements that had occurred in the twentieth century for use as a basis in the forthcoming new century. The application of its rules was tolerated as a fairly harmless outlet for liberal busybodies. Within a few years the strictures the phraseology represented began to be abused, and by 1997 usage of the phraseology declined in correspondence to the tarnishing of its reputation.

The modern politically correct movement began at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is one of the most liberal colleges in the United States. Political correctness is a liberal degrading of the freedom of speech. George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four famously incorporated the notion of limiting thought through language (see Newspeak). Words or actions that violate political correctness are called politically incorrect.

At American universities, liberals began imposing political correctness to prevent recognition of differences among gender, religion, belief system, sexual orientation and nationality. In the 1960s, feminists began to demand that the neutral pronouns he, him and his be replaced with expressions like "he or she", "him or her", "them", etc., even though the last one is actually grammatically incorrect. They argued that no one would be able to understand that the masculine gender included the feminine gender in neutral contexts. But this was just part of their campaign to redefine the social roles traditionally associated with masculinity and femininity.

In science, political correctness punishes anyone who criticizes the theory of evolution, the theory of relativity, or liberal dogma about global warming.

Political correctness or P.C. also means the alteration of one's choice of words in order to avoid either offending a group of people or reinforcing a stereotype considered to be disadvantageous to the group. More specifically, groups which (or whose putative leaders or other activists) claim some status as systemically oppressed or discriminated against will periodically attempt to change the terms by which they are referred to and demand that society as a whole change its usage of words as well.

Political Correctness.jpg

Preservation

Political correctness persists because it is promoted by education centers and the news and entertainment media. Academics invent terms such as "intersectionality" and "white privilege", and the media make sure these terms are inculcated in the culture through their activism which is disguised as journalism, and through their movies and TV shows.

NPR has an entire guideline section dealing with "incorrect" language on the topic of abortion.[3] The words or phrases "late term", "abortion doctor", and "unborn" do not help promote the media's agenda - so they are wiped off the books. The New York Times likewise follows similar devious stunts. The term "heartbeat" is not allowed anymore, instead "embryonic pulsing" is preferred.[4]

Political correctness stays alive and thrives because the media and big education keep it that way.

Examples

An example of political correctness is the changing terminology used to described handicapped people. In the past the term "crippled" was perfectly acceptable and not considered offensive. At some point, Americans like Senate Republican leader Bob Dole decided "crippled" was degrading and the preferred term changed to "handicapped." This, too, was eventually deemed offensive and "disabled" became the preferred term. Today, even "disabled" is considered degrading to some and "differently abled" and "physically challenged" are used by those people. The same can be said for the changing uses of terms for Black Americans: "Negro" and "colored," once perfectly acceptable terms, became offensive during the 1970s and "Afro-American" and "Black" came into use, which in turn gave way to "African-American," and in broader usage, "people of color." One perceived problem with "Negro" is that many persons, especially Southerners, seemed to have trouble pronouncing it, enunciating it as "nigra."

The question of politically correct language has spilled over from the use of racially descriptive words and affected the use of traditional language. In 1999, an aide to the mayor of Washington DC described a budget decision as "niggardly" (a word meaning "stingy," unrelated to the racial slur). The aide immediately came under criticism and was forced to resign even though he had not said anything racially charged. However, his name was cleared within a matter of days and was offered to return to his previous position.[5] In the civil service system, a corrupt and dishonest government employee cannot be fired for lying, rather only for a "lack of candor".

As well as language, political correctness discourages the use of racial or stereotypes in fiction out of concern that these stereotypes may become self-perpetuating. For example, frequently seeing the image black gang-members decked out in gold chains, carrying guns and listening to rap may pressure young black people into seeing this lifestyle as the more 'acceptable' choice for their racial group. The common image of female-dominated occupations (nurses, secretaries, care workers, etc.) and of male-dominated occupations (IT workers, military, machinery operators, mechanics, etc.) can discourage individuals of either gender from considering those occupations traditionally belonging to the other. Additionally films like "The Siege" and "True Lies" have been criticized by pro-Islamic groups as having Muslims portrayed as terrorists, despite the fact that most current terrorists are in fact radical extremist Muslims. Thus, political correctness becomes the consideration of all public statements and media for their unintentional social impact.

Political correctness can even affect terminology that's viewed by secularists as too "pro-religion" or an alleged "violation of the separation of church and state" in the United States. The best example of this is the active promotion of the use of C.E. and B.C.E. as the abbreviations used after dates (instead of the commonly and traditionally used A.D. and B.C.). Additionally, atheists as school administrators or government union workers at liberal schools use political correctness as a means for renaming terms they view as too pro-religious. For example, a Seattle student at a local elementary school volunteered to do a project as part of a community-service effort that she was doing through her school, supplying plastic eggs filled with jellybeans, called "Easter eggs." The student had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy to give to her classmates, but she was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after learning earlier in the week about "their abstract behavior rules."[6] After asking the teacher for permission, the student reportedly explained, "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."[7][8]

In terms of tradition-bound collegiate fraternities and sororities, politically correct college administrators have forced students to change "pledge" to "associate member", "pledging program" to "new member education program", "smoker" to "open house", "rush" to "new member recruitment process", and "rushee" to "prospective new member". Cultural misappropriation concerns have lead some college administrators to prohibit students from holding "Cinco de Mayo" themed parties.[9]

Liberals often refuse to acknowledge the religion of Islamic terrorists, and when they specifically target Christians, liberals and the deep state also refuse to acknowledge the religion of the victims.[10] Those liberals had no problem labeling them Christians only a few days later when they received reports of Christians in the same location beating Muslims.[11]

Differing Opinions

Demands for politically correct language usage are rooted in the notion widely promoted among left-wing academics and sociologists that Western culture promotes systemic oppression against some groups by marginalizing them and excluding them from the "norm"; the groups thus supposedly systemically marginalized are referred to as "the Other" by these left-wing academics. The implication is that these groups are systemically excluded from the mainstream. "Colored people" is therefore deemed offensive because the order of words puts "colored" first, emphasizing their difference from the mainstream, while "people of color" is acceptable because putting the term "people" first emphasizes that they are people and thus does not emphasize their difference from the "norm".

Some people allege that instead of encouraging supposedly marginalized groups to integrate with and assimilate into the mainstream of Western culture, political correctness ironically encourages them to emphasize and indeed to wallow in their marginalization from society, and to make a public display of such. This is known as identity politics. According to this view, gays and lesbians are therefore encouraged to label themselves as "queer" and make public displays of "queerness" calculated to disturb the sensibilities of mainstream people, rather than integrate into the mainstream themselves; Black Americans are encouraged to adopt Afrocentrism and convert to Islam or to conform to stereotypical black behavior, etc.

The Language Police

Conservative scholar Robert Bork has charged that the educational system is a battleground where the future of America is being undermined and ill-served. He has counseled against the troubles which will ensue as a result of anti-religious policies in the schools, permissive attitudes toward homosexuality and abortion, as well as welfare policies that have destroyed families since Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty.[12]

In her book "The Language Police", Diane Ravitch documents just how easy it is to get a word, phrase or idea banned from modern textbooks and references. Ravitch asserts that textbook producers are beholden to small non-elected educational boards in a few key states such as New York, Texas and California and that few citizens know anything about these boards or who holds the seats of power on these boards. It's not difficult for an interest group to mobilize a campaign to bombard the educational board. Meanwhile, the public is not even aware that their words or values are under attack from this corrupt system. Many elected Conservatives have rallied against this policy of using words as weapons.

Presently, however, this may not be the case. In 2010, a group of conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education pushed the state to adopt educational standards that emphasized the role Christianity played in America's founding. Those educational standards also sought to counteract political correctness by removing parts of the curriculum that espoused political correctness and contradicted conservative values. As one of the largest states in the Union, Texas represents one of the largest markets for textbook publishers.[13]

Once a big state makes a textbook purchase, it's very difficult for a small state or any municipality to make any changes. Thus, profound changes can be inserted into textbooks and reference books by putting pressure on a handful of educational administrators. The work of textbook selection committees is sometimes done privately, to avoid politicizing textbooks, but the reverse has happened.[14] Ravitch has documented "bias guidelines" for major publishers of texts and tests. These "guidelines" consist of advice to writers and editors about words and topics that must be avoided.[15]

Ryan Sorba has proposed changing the terminology used to refer to homosexuals to prevent the politically correct language police from controlling the debate.[16]

Many blacks with Caribbean heritage (such as those from Jamaica or Haiti) have criticized the term "African-American" since they do not actually have African heritage. Additionally, in 2009, Paulo Serodio, a white male who was born in Mozambique, Africa was harassed and ultimately suspended from a New Jersey medical school for saying he was a "white African-American". Serodio, who initially did not use any politically correct name to describe himself, only used the term when forced to classify himself as either "Caucasian", "African-American", or one of several other options.[17]

Furthermore, even in Canada, which is more liberal than the United States, blacks are not referred to as "African-Canadian". Instead, they are either called "black" or (depending on their heritage) "African" or "Caribbean". This shows that America's political correctness has now gone further to the left than Canada's.

Totalitarianism and Political Correctness

The comprehensive and detailed control of all ideas, beliefs, and statements is one of the most problematic features of totalitarian regimes.[1] Political correctness can trace its origins back to the world of 1920's Germany, where Communist academics sought to impose their Marxist views on students.

It is now acceptable in many Universities to have courses on gender, homosexual and African American studies, which, in fact, encourage the mainstream public to become different to avoid criticism.

Notes

  1. The Obama File: Political Correctness
  2. Atkinson; "The Origin and Nature of Political Correctness"
  3. Guidance Reminder: On Abortion Procedures, Terminology & Rights
  4. Louisiana Moves to Ban Abortions After a Heartbeat Is Detected
  5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/williams/williams020499.htm
  6. http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=459668
  7. http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/04/mystery_seattle_student_claims.php
  8. https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/04/easter_eggs_reportedly_renamed.html
  9. How To Have A Politically Correct Cinco De Mayo (May 4, 2016). Retrieved on Feb 3, 2016.
  10. Multiple references: See also:
  11. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1121248730345345024
  12. Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. by Robert Bork published by Harper Collins (c) 1997
  13. https://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/magazine/14texbooks-t.html
  14. The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Children Learn by Diane Ravitch (c) 2003 published by Knopf
  15. http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110003695
  16. Christian conservatives discuss strategy for fighting war against gays: Start with semantics, from The American Independent
  17. https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=7567291&page=1 ABC News: "White-African American" Suing NJ Med School

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