Is Political Correctness Good for Everyone?

An Example of a Politically Correct Sign

Source

Political Correctness

Political correctness or being politically correct has been a great part of our daily lives for the past 20-30 years. Although historically it has not been a new idea, political correctness did not really affect us that much until it was started to be advocated in the 1970s. Under the guise of political correctness, we have been instructed to change our ideas and behavior toward various groups of people. Failing to do this, we are labelled as racists, bigots, and insensitive, uncaring people. After defining political correctness, this hub examines the reasons for political correctness today, and then tries to answer the question whether political correctness makes everyone a winner.

Politically Correct Definition

Being politically correct can be interpreted as changing owns perceived language, ideas, or behavior toward various groups of people. The intention in doing this is due to concerns about not offending or expressing bias toward various groups of people characterized by race, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, occupation, and other special features.

Politically Correct Words Today

When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s, we called people old, fat, crippled, blind, deaf, and dumb. We also referred to some people as Negroes, Indians, and Mexicans. Jobs known as garbage collector and gas station attendant also existed. Today we are admonished when we use these words. In an attempt not to show outward bias toward people and make them feel better about themselves, we use politically correct words. The following table of examples can go on and on. I have included only some of the more common words. As an elderly person, I can appreciate how being called a senior citizen makes me feel better than being called old.

Political Correctness Versus Political Incorrectness

Politically Correct
Politically Incorrect
 
senior citizen
old
 
horizontally challenged
fat
 
impaired/physically challenged
crippled
 
visually impaired
blind
 
hearing impaired
deaf
 
cerebrally challenged
dumb
 
Afro-American
Negro
 
Native American
Indian
 
Hispanic
Mexican
 
sanitation engineer
garbage collector
 
petroleum transfer technician
gas station attendant
 
chairperson
chairman
 
police officer
policeman
 
holidays
Christmas and New Years
 
alternate lifestyle
gay/lesbian
 
financially inept
poor
 
under-attractive
ugly
 
intellectually disabled
retarded
 
pre-curricular
remedial
 

History of Political Correctness

Why Do We Have Political Correctness Today?

The political correctness that we have today started out as a liberal backlash against the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant male stereotype which has been dominant for so long in society. In the past 20-30 years it has been manifested through the following policies:

1. Affirmative Action

In an attempt to level the playing field and give more opportunity for women and other minorities to be hired and promoted, the U.S. federal government initiated an affirmative action policy around the late 1980s. According to affirmative action, set quotas of women and minorities must be hired and promoted regardless of their overall ability compared to white men. This affirmative action policy was quickly adopted by state governments and schools. As the policy applies to schools, for example, medical schools must reserve a certain number of positions in each class for women and minorities regardless of their grade point average or aptitude for medicine compared to white male applicants.

2. Equal Employment Opportunity with no Discrimination

Reflecting the civil rights gains made by Afro-Americans, women, and other minorities in the 60s and 70s, all employers today must show equal opportunity in hiring to all genders, races, ethnic groups, sexual orientations, and disabled people.

3. Make People Feel Good about Themselves

One manifestation of this is the new politically correct words we use in referring to ethnic groups, races, jobs, and people with disabilities. This is also seen in education. When I attended school in the 1950s and 1960s, students received an "F" for a grade which meant failure and not passing. Starting in the 70s, the "F" was replaced by an "E", and now in my school in Thailand, students not receiving a passing grade are referred to as those who merely need to improve their work. As a matter of fact, no student is "left behind" and everyone moves on through social promotion. On talent shows such as "The Voice" and "Thailand's Got Talent," which are copied after the U.S. shows, there are no losing contestants announced. Only the winners are announced.

4. More People Win Than Lose

If you want people to feel good about themselves, everyone has to win all or most of the time. Don't we see this in the schools' social promotion policies? Isn't this also evidenced by the number of lawsuits against private individuals and companies for discriminatory and other harmful actions? In my school in Thailand, everyone is a winner when they take the Cambridge Language Proficiency Test. Instead of giving the students scores, shields are awarded with the better students getting more shields than the weaker ones. On a group photo which my school takes recognizing the students who participated in the test, you can't really notice on the photo which students have the most shields. You might say that in sports there are still winners and losers. That may be true. but lately there have been more chances for teams to win than to lose. In all sports, the number of teams which are eligible to make the playoffs has increased year by year.

Failures of Political Correctness

What is one of the failures of political correctness?

See results without voting

Does Being Political Correctness Make Everyone a Winner?

The federal government's policy of promoting political correctness has not made everyone a winner. To be sure, a lot of women and minorities have benefited by being able to reach higher positions in business and the government. However, a lot of older white men have been adversely affected. The country and society overall has also suffered. The failings of political correctness can be seen in the following:

1. Reverse Discrimination Against the Older White Man

When I worked for the federal government, I received my final promotion at about the time the affirmative action policy was instituted. Until my retirement 20 years later, I remained in the same pay grade and was always passed over for promotion by women and minorities. There wasn't a problem with my job performance since it was outstanding. If this isn't reverse discrimination, I don't know what is. A few people in my same situation hired lawyers and were promoted.

2. Lower Standards of Excellence

Affirmative action has led to lower standards of excellence in education and training. Will a minority who gains admission to medical school through affirmative action at the expense of a more qualified white person be a better doctor? What is the exact value of a high school diploma which wasn't earned but merely obtained through social promotion?

3. People Think They Are Better Than They Really Are

Students who skate through high school and graduate through social promotion are only kidding themselves when they think they can attend college. There was no social promotion policy when I went to college, and I think there still isn't. If our latest generation thinks it is so good, then why is the United States lagging behind other countries in education and quality of life?

4. People Can't Handle Failure in Life

Kids who are the product of the social promotion system have never had to accept responsibility for doing well in school. When they go to work in the real world, they will have to accept responsibility for their work or be fired. Having never dealt with failure before, will these people be able to deal with failure in life? As we all know, life isn't a bed of roses.

5. Society and the Country Suffers

The real losers in making everyone be politically correct are the country and or society. Lower standards of excellence affect our education and also the value of our goods and services. Because people have not learned to accept responsibility for their actions. a group of whiners has been created in society which expects the government to attend to all of its physical and emotional needs. Are we more of a winner now than we were 25-30 years ago?


© 2012 Paul Richard Kuehn

More by this Author


Comments 66 comments

Davesworld profile image

Davesworld 4 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

The largest impact political correctness has is that it tends to stifle debate. You cannot oppose gay marriage without being labeled a "homophobe" even though there is an intellectual case to be made against it. You cannot decry the appalling rate of out-of-wedlock births among the black community without being labeled a "racist," never mind the fact that this is a huge social problem in this country. You probably can't even use the words "black community" - at least a white probably guy can't. You don't dare notice that the overwhelming majority of "homeless" are alcoholics, drug addicts and mentally retarded (oops, can't use the word "retarded" either).

Once your language is restricted, so too is the debate. In some cases, the debate, though necessary, is simply impossible within the contraints of political correctness.


fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Paul....I probably shouldn't comment too much here. This particular topic is one I do not deal with very well, nor calmly. I will just say that the Political Correctness trend, when ever it began, by whomever, for whatever reasons....is some of the most ludicrous, insulting, unnecessary and Child-like ideas/behaviors/creations.....we have ever stooped low enough to even CONSIDER. I do NOT participate. I also do not insult nor demean nor do any harm to any living thing. So, in fact, it is not necessary for me to alter my language...........Thanks for this Paul. I've jotted this "Topic" down on my list of possible future hubs......I believe it warrants more publicity........UP++++


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Dave,

Thank you so much for reading this article and commenting on it. Your comments are well stated, and yes, political correctness indeed stifles debate.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Paula,

Thank you very much for stopping by, and I really appreciate seeing your comments. Yes, political correctness and affirmative action do warrant more publicity!


Rbostick profile image

Rbostick 4 years ago from Ruston, LA

This is a well stated argument against one of the worst trends in society today. Political correctness harms the individual by stifling his free speech. The individual today cannot speak frankly on any ethnic group's failings lest he be labeled as offensive or intolerant.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Rbostick,

Thanks for stopping by and your great insightful comments. Political correctness indeed stifles free speech.


Au fait profile image

Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

An interesting hub. As with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages. Even with affirmative action, women are still discriminated against in the workplace and in higher education. The people who discriminate have simply learned how to get around the law. I know this from personal experience.

I've never heard of 'horizontally challenged.' We say sanitation worker instead of garbage collector. Gay and lesbian are perfectly acceptable terms here (Texas), and even Mexican is OK if the person being designated is in fact an unnaturalized native of Mexico.

I personally work with special needs children and young people ages 3-22 some of whom are mentally challenged. I've never heard the phrase intellectually disabled before reading it here. The words blind and deaf are still used and a gas station attendant (if you can find one anywhere) is still a gas station attendant.

Some words are more offensive than others and that is where politically correct speech comes in most strongly. A lot of the old speech before politically correct speech became expected was hateful, rude, and totally uncalled for.

I've found that some people use ugly speech whether its acceptable or not. I'm not offended because it tells me outright with no hemming and hawing exactly who they are. Even some of my professors at the university have said in words rather than name calling and stereotyping that they are woman haters. When they state before the entire class that they have not always been treated well by women and now they have the upper hand, that tells me who they are. I appreciate their candor and drop their class because I know I will never get a fair grade from them.

Just a couple of years ago my STATS prof said that most of the homeless people in this country were 'mental cases' so there was really no reason to worry about them being homeless. In other words, people who have mental disorders can be written off and allowed to dumpster dive for food and manage however they can because they are disposable people. Nice guy.

The last few years a lot of people who have never faced hardship, especially hardship not of their own making, have made it clear that they believe the long term unemployed are disposable. When companies refuse to even consider hiring someone who is unemployed and then the same people or like minded people turn around and call these unemployed people lazy because they can't find a job, they are discriminating and definitely not being politically correct. Many employers are still being mean spirited and hateful. They don't come out and say anything so much, but they trash applications as soon as they determine a person is unemployed.

As with so many things, the combination of affirmative action and politically correct speech is a double edged sword.

Social promotion in school or passing children who have not mastered the majority of their lessons to the next grade, is not doing the children or society any favors. Ignorant poorly educated people are more easily managed and manipulated, so maybe that's the reason that having 25% of our high school grads illiterate is somehow desirable to the powers that be. If it were not desirable to those in charge, why would it not only continue, but keep getting worse?

I do not think anyone seriously under qualified for a particular responsibility should be given that job regardless of their race, sex, or other personal issues that should be irrelevant. Quotas mainly affect employers with more than 50 employees. Hopefully this will correct itself and more minorities and women will become better qualified.

I have to say that I've seen a lot of white men who got their jobs because they were white, not because they were qualified or particularly intelligent, so there's plenty of unfairness to go around. In fact it wasn't so long ago that the only requirement for many jobs was being a white male. Women and minorities need not apply. I've been told, and not that long ago (2006), that the reason I would not be considered was because I am a woman.

Interesting and thought provoking hub. Voted up and will share.


sgbrown profile image

sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Personally, I think being politically correct is ruining our country. With a little common kindness, we would not call someone fat, stupid, ugly or any other words that would hurt someone's feelings. In my opinion, if you are a garbage collector or a gas station attendant and those words bother you, work at getting a better job or just take pride in the fact that you do the best job you can.

As far as equal employment opportunity, that is a joke! People are still being discriminated again in the work place and replacing someone who can do the job the best, with someone who is less capable just because they are a woman or a minority is sad.

Social promotion is one big mistake. It was a huge incentive for children to not fail a grade. Now, what difference does it make? Our children are growing up with a very poor education!

I see so much "reverse discrimination" these days! It's just getting to be a crazy world. There is a lot of unfairness in this world, but sometimes we go too far the other way to correct it. With some manners, kindness and good common sense, none of this would be necessary! Sorry about the rant! Voting this up and awesome!!! :)


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Aufait,

Thanks for reading and your great insightful comments. Your arguments on the pros and cons of affirmative action and political correctness are well-stated. Thank you very much for sharing.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

sgbrown,

Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub. I really appreciate your opinion.


ketage profile image

ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

Having good manners is important, but political correctness has taken it to a whole new level, bordering on the ludicrous.

Traditional way of describing myself, I am 6 foot 4 inches tall , and weight 220 pounds, with a thinning hairline, of mixed Asian/European descent.

politically correct way of describing myself, vertically endowed, weight challenged, follicle challenged, a delightful mix of heritages.

If I am short call me short, If I am fat call me fat. Changing it to vertically challenged or horizontally challenged is not going to make me grow taller or slimmer.

Political correctness is all good and fine in moderation. I do not want to insult or hurt any ones feelings, but I do not think I am the only one who thinks this is getting ridiculous.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

ketage,

Thank you for your great comments on this topic! What you say is very true: political correctness is all good and fine in moderation.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America

You left our housewife we are now homemakers or domestic engineer. I guess Paula Deen found out this week what it is like not to be political correct in this day and age. I think most of political correctness has gone way overboard. It's just crazy some of the things we are supposed to change because of a few people. Voted up on your hub and shared.


pinto2011 profile image

pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Paul Kuehn! Being politically correct is a way towards civilization and a realization of one more human aspect that we should not be proud of ourselves while calling the disable or ugly or old by their names. We must know to respect the nature and through nature's verdict we are so and a few things are not in our hand. We must respect the diversity.


Billie Kelpin profile image

Billie Kelpin 3 years ago from Newport Beach

Paul, You hit a very hot button for me.

The TERM "political correctness" should never have been adopted because it obscured the CONCEPT! It isn't about politics NOR about correctness. It's about RESPECT and understanding of groups different than ours. It should have been called RESPECTFUL DISCOURSE or something that reflected the intent more accurately. Terms we use change through the years. What's acceptable by one generation is not by another due to NEW INFORMATION GLEANED AND UNDERSTANDING of the IMPACT on individuals. It is NEVER about what YOU think a term should be. It's about what a group of people want to be called.

Most importantly, the concept is NOT about "making people feel good" about themselves! It's about NOT DESTROYING them or being unjust with your prejudices! It's about NOT being so cut off from a group that you might have NO IDEA of what's important to them. Slinging around the phrase "making people FEEL good about themselves" simply mocks people who want to understand the origin of social problems and work to make it better.

Often people argue that a members of a group themselves use terms would not be respectful for the rest of us to use. Surely we can understand that concept. My father lovingly called me "dapus" meaning clumsy because I am left-handed. Of course, I would be insulted if you called me clumsy unless we were friends. My deaf adult students could use a sign for deafness that I, as a hearing person, would not use in deaf company if they were unknown to me. I might be able to use that term if I were a hearing member of the deaf club or use it with a very close deaf friend for fun, but it was reserved for the community because they understood the impact to outsiders. Surely, each of us in our own families has experienced this. But just don't call me "a liberal lunatic from Minnesota," like Rush Limbaugh did years ago when I called into his talk show. It's simply diminishes me.

It's all just about respect. And how do you know if you're respectful to another? Just follow the directive of the 50s Packard commercial. If you want to know what what the car is like: "Ask the man who owns one." We all "own" our age, our race, our political views. Ask the person who "owns" it with the understanding that Packard's day is gone and as a dear friend once told me, "Billie, we mustn't be dinosaurs in our thinking."


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

moonlake,

Thank you very much for your insightful comments. Yes, most of the political correctness has gone way overboard. I appreciate your votes and sharing this hub!


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Hi Pinto2011,

Yes, I agree that political correctness is a way towards being more civilized in treating disadvantaged persons. The only thing that disturbs me is taking political correctness to extremes. Examples would be the native Americans demand that schools stop calling their teams Indians, Braves, or Warriors. Yes, diversity must be respected, but in the end every one who is a citizen of a certain country is a member of the whole. Thank you for your very insightful comments.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Billie,

Thank you very much for your very insightful comments. After further reflection, I agree with you that the real goal of political correctness should be reducing the unjustness shown to certain people due to prejudices. I wasn't aware of many of these prejudices until I moved overseas and got older. There are a lot of prejudices against older people, and yes, I prefer to be called senior rather than old or aged. Thank you for really giving me something to think about.


Au fait profile image

Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I'm with Billie Kelpin. Politically correct language merely attempts to keep people from saying some of the ugly things they would say if they thought they could get away with it. If they must, they should say those things in their closet with the door shut assuming they can't bring themselves to abstain all together.

Sometimes saying what a person thinks is not necessary and sometimes what that person thinks is based on garbage, so it's best kept to themselves anyway. What good purpose is served by making someone feel badly about themselves? Especially about something they aren't to blame for and can't change?

People who use civilized language don't usually complain about politically correct speech. It's those people who feel hemmed in by not being able to voice certain intolerant opinions or who use certain demeaning words frequently who do the complaining. People who are accustomed to speaking in a civilized way don't use ugly demeaning language in the first place so they don't feel put upon for not being able to spew it in public without possibility of reprimand.

Going to share this again with my followers and and pin it to my 'Politics' board.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Au fait,

Thanks again for reading and sharing this hub. I understand where you and Billie are coming from in your arguments. Gays and physically impaired people have been openly too bashed before. So have elderly people whom I can really identify with now!


brian 22 months ago

Change your skin color to black! You don't have to watch what you say nearly as much if you are a black man.

you can also go undercover as a black boss or black teacher and try to motivate black employees and students. Real talk.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 22 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

I appreciate your viewpoints and you have given me something to think about.


brian 22 months ago

Yes sir! Thank you very much for taking my idea seriously. Just think how much it would have helped the Ferguson police department if they could have white police go undercover as black officers.

advantages of black skin.

1. Black skin makes you look stronger.

2. Black skin makes you look younger.

3. Black skin is good for protection. Less likely to get robbed and better job security and long as you show up for work and make an effort.

4. Black skin gives you much more flexibility on what you can not say.

5. Black skin can help you with the ladies.

6. Black skin is good for interacial relations. It is easier for a black male to be accepted by white people than a white male to be accepted by black people. A black person can be the life of the party in an all white area.

I hope that one day I can change my skin color and live as a black man. A dark chocolate tan would make me so happy. I think it would be a lot of fun being a black man.

and as a black man I could use my blackness to PROTECT my white family and friends. I could use my blackness to help white people get more black votes. This is something every white man should think about.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 22 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

It is very interesting reading your comments.


Sanxuary 22 months ago

The words we once used to describe something were they not politically correct until we changed them? Its one thing to change something but calling it some kind of crime is harsh. I think changing the term when it was ugly to something more appropriate is probably a good thing. Still I am unsure why we have so many labels and even if the label was not something ugly simply recognizing a truth can still be viewed as something bad. Age is a good example, Do you help this person or fear being discriminating by helping them? Should I recognize that you our a different sex? If you our a certain race would you be offended if I celebrated your culture. What if you do not celebrate it are you offended if I wonder why? If I disagree with your faith is that ok? Can I tell you about mine and you can disagree and not be offended. Eventually, I guess everyone will be fighting for their own rights just to be heard. If I believed that men should be fighting for their rights today I would be assumed as someone angry with women. What if all I wanted to do is see my kids and not be forced on top of paying my child support to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees to have any rights? I am not surprised that all men in poverty probably never see their children.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 22 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Thank you very much for your comments. You ask some very good questions and I appreciate you sharing your views.


big daddy oreo 22 months ago

What is the best way for a white person to change their skin color to black? I would love to be a black comedian.


mr oreo 18 months ago

So paul have you thought about my comments? Perhaps you can change your appearance to a black man. Cut all your hair off. You can be a bald black man or get a wig. If you're eyes are not already brown you can get color contacts. Than maybe talk to a dermatologist or a tanning salon employee and see if they can change your appearance into a black man.

as a black man you will be much more protected in america. Black skin is like a personal bodyguard. You don't have to watch what you say nearly as much.

Tell all your friends about black skin. I am putting the word out and hopefully I can get this going.

The best way to beat political correctness is to change your appearance into a black male.

Google robert Downey Jr in tropic thunder to see a white disguised as a black man.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

I tend to agree that if you are a black man in America, you don't have to watch what you say nearly as much. Yes, if I were a black man, I would see political correctness in a different way. I appreciate the comments.


big daddy oreo 18 months ago

Paul kuehn,

Well I guess white people have options now. Rachel Doezal president of the naacp was a white lady disguised as a black lady. They only found out because her parents snitched her out. It is perfectly okay to change your skin color from white to black. You just can't lie on job applications.

all white people have the right to change their skin color from white to black. And black skin will protect them from political correctness.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Thanks for your comments, Yes, black skin will protect you from political correctness.


big daddy oreo 15 months ago

Paul,

Just to let you know black skin would have protected Hulk Hogan a couple of weeks ago.

I got a book called black like me where a white man changes his skin color to black. I am letting my friends borrow it. One of them is trying to be a police officer. I told him black skin would be a cops best friend.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 15 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Is that book available online? I would like to read it.


Billie Kelpin profile image

Billie Kelpin 15 months ago from Newport Beach

Paul, I read "Black Like Me" that Big Daddy Oreo refers to back in the 60s when I abt 18. It probably shaped my entire view and before the concept of "privilege" became a topic in the fields of sociology and psychology, I understood what white privilege meant. The book is enlightening. The fact that "Griffin underwent a regimen of large oral doses of the anti-vitiligo drug methoxsalen, trade name Oxsoralen, and spending up to fifteen hours daily under an ultraviolet lamp" for this experiment is extraordinary. Of course people will read the book now and say, "Oh yeah, but that was 'back in the day'. However, after spending a weekend at a "White Privilege" conference in Pella, Iowa with Dr. Eddy Moore, I walked away understanding the subleties. This example might not be valid, but how I see the subtleties: As an older white woman, I can go out of my house with my hair all over the place, a crumpled blouse and less than stylish jeans, sloppy old sandals, and walk around, even in Newport Beach, and be viewed as having a casual style. If, as an older black woman walking around Newport Beach in the same outfit, I'm viewed as homeless. Multiply that a thousand times in different aspects of our lives, and it's easy to see. He paid a great price for that experiment and I'm glad BDO brought him up because I want to revist that book because Wikipedia states that Griffith added an essay included in later editions of the book, where "he described the hostility and threats to him and his family that emerged in his hometown of Mansfield, Texas. " Apparently he had to move to Mexico for a number of years for safety. '

People may read this and/or the book and say "Well, that's back in the 50s." Negating what a group or an individual is telling you is like me telling my husband, for example, that I have a strange persistent pain in the upper quadrant of my back, if he replies, "Oh, that's nothing, I get that pain all the time. It will go away," not only is the pain still there, but I feel as if I am not being understood or respected for what I KNOW is not supposed to be there.

Again, it's not about being "politically correct". It's about listening and respecting what another is telling you. It's about walking around in another's shoes and truly understanding. That's what Griffith did.


big daddy oreo 15 months ago

Paul,

I bought the book at a book store. Barnes and noble. African American history section. About 11 dollars. I was just trying to figure out how he did it. Pages. 6 through 12 talk about that. It sounded complicated.

I already know black priveledges every white man would get if they were to change their appearance to black. I have been obsessed with race for many years. Black priveledges are

1. Dark Black skin makes you look stronger and much more masculine. It can make an average man look like a tough sob.

2. Black skin makes you look younger.

3. Black skin gives a man more sex appeal.

4. You can criticize black people without being judged.

5. You can criticize the opposite race without being labeled a racist.

6. You are less likely to get robbed going to your car at night vs being white man going to car at night.

7. You are more protected from getting fired from a job.

8. You can easily make friends with white people. And you can protect your loved ones much better.


big daddy oreo 15 months ago

Billie,

The negative stereotypes of black people do not bother me. Black people do commit more crime. But black skin does not make you a criminal it protects you from criminals. A white boy is much more likely to get mugged.

A black cab driver is much less likely to get robbed. And if a black cab driver does not want to pick up a dangerous looking black dude you can not accuse him of racism because he is black. Black skin would be the white man best friend.

Black skin would have protected hulk hogan, george Zimmerman , darren wilson, donald sterling, hank williams j, richie ignitito just to name a few.

PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS BLACK SKIN WOULD BE LIKE A SHIELD LIKE AN ANGEL LIKE A BODYGUARD FOR THE WHITE MAN!

PL


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 15 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Billie and big daddy oreo, What you have written has really been enlightening. I will definitely read "Black Like Me" before I make any more comments about political correctness.


big daddy oreo 15 months ago

It is very possible that black skin would have protected the roanoke news crew. The safest thing to be in america is a black male in my opinion. A dark chocolate tan is my dream. Black skin would be like an angel for the white man. An angel of protection.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 15 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

If you are travelling in big cities, it certainly would benefit a person being black.


Big E 14 months ago

I changed my name to from oreo to E.

Black skin can protect you from white bullies to. You may need to be a little bit assertive at times but black skin is pretty good for protection.

I would prefer to live in suburbs if I was a black man. It would be more fun to be black in a white majority area.

So did you read that book yet? I think even if you put a black man in

prison with all whites he would be safe. Maybe 1 or 2 might mess with him but all the other white inmates would stand up for black inmate.

if you took a white inmate and put him in an all black prison god help him. He would be lucky if one black person took up for him.

black skin is much better for interrational relations. Obama got almost half the white votes. Mitt Romney got very few black votes.

If I ran for president against Obama I would prefer to be black or have a black vise president to help me.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 14 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

No, I haven't had time to read the book yet, but I eventually will.


Big E 14 months ago

If only you could take a white man's brain and put it inside a black man's body.


Big E 14 months ago

Paul,

I have some good news buddy! Look up the name Jeff Kephart on youtube google it. Jeff is a white man who has been living as a black man for 4 years. He has blue eyes though. I seen where he left a comment on a video where he has been living as a black man for 4 years and has NOT experienced any racism. He has lived in Pittsburgh and Daytona Florida during that time he does have blue eyes but nobody takes him as white.

He claims he became black by taking melatonin II pills. I do not know how to contact him.

There was another man who claimed to be living as black for 20 years and has not had any problems.

I also have talked to a couple of college kids who are taking criminal justice and I told them I think black skin could help the police. They mostly agreed with me.

so perhaps melatonin II is the answer. I already have brown eyes so maybe one day I will go for it. Progress is being made.


Big E 14 months ago

Just think if a white person was black they could call black people out. Tell them to get their grades up , work harder, stay away from crime. And a black teacher and boss could get better results without all the pc bs.

I think melatonin II could be a gift. If you can contact Jeff Kephart maybe he will tell you more details. I saw his picture his skin looks good. He needs to shave his head though.


Big E 12 months ago

From what I have read melonotan is not FDR approved. Maybe the tanning salons have some kind of tanning pills that can get you black in 5 months. I do think that there is a way to get black skin on the white man. Trust me black skin is a shield.


Big E 12 months ago

Paul,

I have not hear from you in a while.

Did you finish book black like me? I do not need a book to tell me what it is like to be a black man in america. The black man has post traumatic slavery disorder I do not value his opinion on race.

I noticed that white comedians will make fun of rednecks, mexicans but will rarely bust on blacks. Black comedians are actually more comfortable making fun of black people. I understand why. I am surpised white comedians do not wish to be black.

So I would like for you to comment on if you are considering changing your appearance to black. Maybe for an experiment. I can not do it because my mom said she would throw me out of the house if I do. Some people think you are crazy if you want to change your appearance. I could not disagree more.

Black skin would

1. Make you look stronger.

2. Younger.

3. many white women have a sexual fetish for the black man.

4. Black skin would get the white man out of the dog house for slavery.

5. Reduces your chances of getting robbed.

6. You are less likely to get fired for something petty. Many blacks get fired for showing up late. But just be black show up dont steal respect boss you are untouchable.

7. You are less likely to get called out if you are a slow worker.

8. You have much more flexibility on what you can say.

9. Much easier to make friends with opposite race.

so paul please leave me a comment on if you finished book if you have looked up jeff kephart and seen his white and black photo. Are you are any of your friends considering giving black skin a chance.

You already have brown eyes. If you cut off all your hair and change your skin color to black you can play the role. Maybe you have a doctor you trust you can ask to help you.


big E 11 months ago

Where you at paul?

Once you change your appearance to black you will never want to go back!

I watch how strong the black is portrayed in movies and commercials and how weak white man has been portrayed in movies and commercials. I cannot understand why the white man has not tried to get a race change. It never even crosses his mind. Everything about race points to the white male getting a race change. But the white man is like a rat in maze he just does not see it. And all I can do is watch the white rat look like a fool year after year.

I wish I had a machine where I could paint every white male I wanted to black. I would paint Richard Simmons, Napoleon Dynamite, Dustin Diamond just to name a few.

BLACK SKIN IS THE BEST PROTECTION A MAN CAN HAVE IN AMERICA!


Big E 11 months ago

I just watched the movie Daddys home.

Black skin would have really helped Will Ferrell in that movie. I wish I could have walked in the screen to tell Ferrell black skin would have protected him.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 11 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

& Big E , I have been very busy so I am just getting around to reading your comments. I haven't read the book yet or looked up Jeff Kephart on Youtube. This is something I will be doing. About a month or so ago, I had a dream about changing my skin black. A small sample on my leg was successfully changed in color, but unfortunately I woke up about right before all of my skin was turned black!


Big E 10 months ago

Paul,

wow that is cool. I actually bought a 40 dollar can of spray tan one time and tried it on my leg. It did not go black. They said if you keep on doing it will eventually turn black.

one of the tanning places in my area they they have a custom air brush and they can get your skin Jamacian dark in 5 minutes. It sounds too good to be true. But they said it.

My family would get real upset if I tried to change my color to black. So unless I am in some kind of emergency where I need black skin for protection like George Zimmerman or I find out I only have 12 months to live I will just have to be white for now. But I can inform others.

there have been a lot of black employees going off on white authority figures in my area. One white boss got shot in the back with a B B gun by a black employee and one got chased by a knife and the employee did not even get fired.

I think if the white bosses were black this would not happen. If I get a chance maybe I will try to inform some of these bosses about the benefits of black skin.

95 percent of the people I have told so far are not interested. I am so glad you give me the time of day on this.

Have you told any of friends about my idea? If so what are their reactions?

I wish I knew how to make a youtube video. I would give a non controversial watered down version of why I think black skin would help the white man.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 10 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Thanks for your comments. Posting a Youtube video is so easy. If you have a video or camera app on your smartphone, you can shoot a video and then upload it to Youtube.


Big E 10 months ago

I have another example for you. Cam Newton an african American quarterback has accused fans that dont like him as being racist.

if a white person doesn't like Cam Newton I guess they are racist and have to deal with racial politics. Well guess what if a white man changes their skin color to black the black man can't pull the race card on you.

I think I have made a solid case for the white man to show white skin the door.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 10 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

You don't have to be a racist to dislike Cam Newton. Many people think he is too arrogant in the way that he celebrates on the gridiron.


big E 10 months ago

Paul,

Do you think there is a safe and affordable way for a white man to change his skin to black in real life?

Do you know anything about the product John Howard Griffin used in the book black like me? Does it sound safe and affordable in todays world?


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 10 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

big E, No, I don't think there is a safe and affordable way to change white skin to black. A lot of the women in Thailand spend so much money trying to change their brown skin to Snow White color. I haven't found Griffin's book yet, but I am looking on line.


big e 9 months ago

Just go to the book store. 11 dollars.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 9 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Big e, Are you saying that someone has copied my article and published it in a book?


Big E 9 months ago

I just found another guy who changed his appearance to black in 2013. He made some youtube videos with his appearance. His name is bios3training. In 2013 he made some youtube videos called tanning competition and putting on the tan. He changed his appearance to black to make his muscles look bigger. I think he b is back to white now but he has a youtube account. You will have to go to his 2013 videos to see him black.

Go to google. Just type in bios3training tanning competition youtube. Th search it and there should be a video with a bald somewhat light to medium black skin man. He talks about his great chocolate tan!

You should check it out. Tell me what you think.


Big E 9 months ago

Black skin the best protection a man could ever have! Black skin would be like an angel for the white man! A shield. A bodyguard.


big E 9 months ago

They have a new dark chocolate tan in sweeden now. Google it. It is selling good. The white mans troubles will soon be behind him. He can now live as black forever! My prayers are being answered.


Brian 6 months ago

Google Peyton Manning black. It is a cool and funny picture.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 5 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

I will do that. Thanks for the comment.


big E 5 months ago

If the police that shot Alton Sterling were black they would not be getting crucified by the media. I would not want to be a white cop for anything in the world. The white police wouldbe wise to figure out a way to disguise themselves as black on the job.

I remember on family matters carl winslow a black cop disguised himself as a woman on the job. I think white cops should disguise themselves as black on the job.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 5 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Thanks for the comment. Yes, if the white police could disguise themselves as black it would make the situation better.


Sanxuary 2 days ago

There is nothing wrong with being politically correct but in truth its being used to promote good manners because society has become so evil. One has to know that politness does not change beliefs and who we are. The problem is the message has been drawn up as some kind of rule attempting to change your beliefs. Its being promoted at a time when people are attempting to achieve certain rights. I do not disagree with anyones individual rights but understand the perception as the problem. For a while I was being bombarded by the LBG community on political correctness as if i was guilty and these are new laws of some kind. Then it occurred to me that i have never cared about anyones sexualality and on a daily basis I could really careless. Yet it still occured to me that I will never understand it and will never care enough to ever want to understand it. If you violate the individual rights of someone then they will fight for them. This begins a revoulution that eventually becomes a counter revoulution. Instead of protecting all individual rights, we create a system where no one has rights. The hardest thing to over come are social norms. Any neighborhood that has only one group is more likely to find its political correctness within that group. Until difference is tolerated it will be difficult to be a member of all groups. Promoting good behavoir is a better idea then telling everyone thay must act a certain way to your group only.


Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 40 hours ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

@Sanxuary , Thank you very much for your excellently stated opinions on political correctness. Promoting good behavior by tolerating differences is an excellent idea.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working