I think that sometimes we become more concerned with “political correctness” than we are with the truth of what we write or talk about. Whether you’re making a comment, writing an editorial or writing a story based on your experiences, should you even have to worry about whether it is politically correct? You’re not trying to hurt anyone. You’re just explaining yourself or your thoughts. Even though I realize there is some naivete in the following statement, I stand by it. “Who made “political correctness” the “hall-monitor” of public opinion and expression?”
While we always should always attempt to display sensitivity for the feelings of others, and accord them the respect that they deserve, political correctness ultimately benefits no one. When applying that standard to our conversations, we offend fewer people. On the other hand, our discussions will also be far less candid and useful. The filter of political correctness can distort the story by changing the facts.
Every generation has it’s own standard of political correctness. It is definitely limiting and can be dangerous. Many people lost their heads over “political correctness” during the French Revolution. That is only one single example of the problems that it has caused. Political correctness is probably more detrimental to the forum of public debate than the issues that it is intended to resolve. When legitimate ideas are censured (or censored) because the majority of people find them to be “politically incorrect”, everyone suffers. Going back a few generations, when you looked outside, you’d see that the sun was still circling the earth instead of the other way around. That’s political correctness in action. We need to do better than that.