This question is a simple one. Even if you don’t know the exact, dictionary definition word-for-word it is simple enough to open a tab next to mine and find out almost instantly. However, this overwhelmingly simple concept has been manipulated by the masses to mean something more.
Since you knew the exact definition of ‘political correctness’ without searching for it on Google, I took it upon myself to make certain that I knew it too.
“the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”
In other words, it is language that is considered to be inclusive in nature. It’s a restriction of language in regards to others’ feelings. In fact, I want to delve deeper into the origins of the phrase ‘political correctness’. When did this phrase come into existence, and how has it evolved since its inception? The easiest way to find out is simply by opening a dictionary (or by visiting dictionary.com, like me).
The first uses of the phrase ‘political correctness’ were seen in the late 1700s:
“Originally, the term was used to describe something that was in accordance with established political, legal,or social norms or conventions.”
In this case, it was used quite literally. If something was politically correct, it was accepted as being normal in politics as well as society as a whole. Simple enough, right?Well, during the 1800s, the term only evolved enough to breathe life into a term of opposition, ‘political incorrectness‘.
However in the 1920s, the Soviets adopted the original term for their own use:
“…the Soviet Communist Party began using the concept of political correctness to enforce strict adherence to the party line in all aspects of life.”
This concept almost seems familiar, doesn’t it? Of course the term has evolved from its use by the Soviets:
“Today the term politically correct (and its abbreviation PC), more often than not, refers specifically to the language that surrounds controversial or hot button issues. Liberals have used the negative construction not politically correct to draw attention to words, phrases, or statements that they felt were socially unacceptable or insensitive.”
The meaning of political correctness has evolved and changed since its first usage, and so has the circumstances of its use. Originally used to define what was acceptable in regards to political and social settings, it has now grown into defining that which does not hurt someone’s feelings. So what is the point of all of this? Word and phrase meanings change naturally in a language over time and this is completely normal. However, it is how these words and phrases are used that matters to us.
Remember how the Soviet Communist Party used political correctness? They used it to enforce strict adherence to the party line in all aspects of life. Now you see where I’m going with this, right? Political correctness has become a common theme in the Democratic Party narrative. If it’s not politically correct, then it is consequentially offensive and therefore a problem. Donald Trump has been consistently harassed by members of the Democratic Party for being offensive, insensitive, and politically incorrect. We must bear in mind that this is language that we are talking about. Does the First Amendment of our Constitution not guarantee the freedom of speech? Why does the Democratic Party feel the need to blow their politically incorrect whistle whenever it senses a disturbance in the liberal force? They are attempting to restrict freedoms of speech so that their liberal ideals are heard above all else that may not conform to PC culture.
You’ve seen it several times in 2017. American universities have been the battleground for this epidemic several times this year when the left determined who could and could not speak to their student bodies on political issues. Violence has too often been the retaliation of these left-wing loonies and it is time to stop PC culture from ruining the First Amendment. We must be vocal against this movement to silence those that disagree with the political correctness plague that is spreading from sea to shining sea, or it will continue becoming more and more socially accepted as being the norm and attacks on the freedoms of speech will inevitably continue…
Before you click the little ‘x’ on my tab, let me leave you with a quote from Thomas Paine as a final thought:
“He who dares not offend cannot be honest“.