Editor & author of “My Country Tis of Thee Analysis”:
I strongly disagree with the opinion that political correctness “silences actual discussion of ideas and strengthens people’s abilities to be dogmatic and illogical” and that it “enables hypocrisy.”
Most importantly, what kind of political speech can people NOT do under political correctness? The only things that come to mind are racism, bigotry and other forms of hate. If this is what political correctness silences, so be it. I’m glad to be living in a world where there are certain rules of decency that people–both inside and outside of the political arena–are expected to adhere to. Chances are, if you are worried about what you have to say not being “politically correct”, then there are pretty well-argued reasons why you should rethink what you are about to say. I think the “political correctness” movement that conservatives love to use as a weapon against a liberal strawman is just a way for victim-complex conservatives to justify having terrible views about the world and to push back against those who are trying to change said views.
I encourage you to expand on what exactly you mean by the certain people to whom political correctness grants immunity, as well as the kind of people that it denies the freedom of speech to. Without a culture of political correctness, I argue that the world would not be as inclusive of a diverse set of people and would marginalize traditionally discriminated-against groups, like the LGBTQ+ community and POC. If being a nice person and refusing to say bigoted things make me “dogmatic and illogical” and hypocritical, then I’m happy with being all three.
– Matt K.
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