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Political Correctness and Donald Trump
South Park's Cynical Example of PC Culture
What is PC and PC culture?
PC, politically correct, social justice, oppression of the oppressors, microaggressions, safe spaces, marginalized minorities, white privilege. With so many buzzwords floating around about just one subject, its hard to keep track of which one is "in style". I'm here to talk about one of the most influential buzzwords, politically correct.
When most people think PC, most people think of being polite and appropriate. Historically the term was first used by the American Socialist against the American Communist party as a negative term referring to the unconditionally loyal approach by the Communists to Stalinist doctrine, which overrode the virtues of compassion and sympathy, leading to bad, unethical politics.
But politically correct has become a loaded buzzword that means a lot to many people. In today's environment, being politically correct is hard, you have to avoid microaggressions, you have to avoid anything that may seem racist, sexist, bigoted or homophobic and you can't voice your opinion unless it is a PC opinion that won't hurt anyone's feelings.
That may seem hard and it is. Pretty much anyone who isn't a member of the PC clique will get called out for not being PC. Common expressions can be taken way too far, as seen in the South Park clip above.
So what is the PC movement known for?
The PC movement is known for being a wide variety of things and committing a wide variety of offenses.
Talking about how marginalized minorities are, while doing nothing about it
The PC movement is known for talking about 'how marginalized minorities are in today's society'. They are also known for not being to or just not willing to do anything for the 'marginalized minorities', the PC movement is also known for being mainly comprised of privileged white people who go to liberal arts colleges and are very much the self-described 'oppressors' of the marginalized minorities.
Being an Oppressive Force on College Campuses
The PC culture has been very concentrated on college campuses and many experts believe that being 'forced' to speak in a politically correct manner has an adverse effect on students. By enforcing a system where those who have been "historically oppressed" have a supposedly better chance of equal rights often puts the emphasis off of individual rights of expression and press.
PC culture is the education and enforcement of values that stress the avoidance (usually to extremes) of insulting, marginalizing or excluding minority groups. This is sometimes to the detriment of personal rights and intelligent debate and discussion.
So What's the Big Deal with Trump?
Now here's the part you've been waiting for. What does Donald J. Trump have to do with being politically correct, and why does every single speech at the RNC have to have something to do with how Donald Trump is so gloriously politically incorrect?
A large of part of Donald Trump's campaign has been ran off the notion that Donald Trump will seek to break down taboos in Washington about politically correct speech since he is such a free spirited and free mouthed person.
It's true that Donald Trump speaks from his gut and is an 'intuitive speaker', but that doesn't necessarily mean that everything or in fact everything that Donald Trump says should be taken as a good example of something that is not politically correct. Just because Donald Trump says stuff that isn't politically correct, that doesn't mean its the right way to go about fighting political correctness or the right thing to say.
Keep in mind, free speech protects political incorrectness and personal attacks, as long as they aren't direct threats. Nevertheless, just because something is legal doesn't mean it is the right thing to do.
Donald Trump speaks from the heart, and many of his quotes are honest and based off of accurate observations and facts, but that doesn't mean that everything he says should be seen as an example of what to say. Actual personal attacks are politically incorrect, but won't work to solve the problem of political correctness, they only serve to heighten the sense of hate in society and encourage others to do so as well. Let's analyze some of the most widely cited examples.
"If I were running the View, I'd fire Rosie. I mean, I'd look at her fat ugly face of her's and say: Rosie you're fired."
So what's the line between being politically incorrect and honest and personal attacks? The first sentence is an excellent example of being politically incorrect and an example of bravely making an inflammatory statement. His professional view of Rosie O'Donnell was negative, and his opinion is valid. The second sentence is crossing the line between stating an honest opinion that people shouldn't take issue with and a personal attack.
Which is not to say personal attacks are not allowed under the Constitution. It's just something that people shouldn't be looking at with wide eyes and saying "wow he is so brave to be personally insulting her". What people should be responding with when Donald Trump says those sort of outrageous personal attacks on live television is their own fair judgement. I sincerely believe that the majority of people who supports Donald Trump's every move would take issue with someone that they've never met calling their mother or daughter fat and ugly. I don't believe
I sincerely believe that the majority of people who supports Donald Trump's every move would take issue with someone that they've never met calling their mother or daughter fat and ugly. I don't believe it's far-fetched to believe people still value basic politeness and take issue with blatant, direct and vicious personal attacks.
The Donald Trump version of anti-PC has spawned sort of an insult and hateful culture that has no issue personally attacking people, which undoubtedly leads to a more uncivilized, hateful and backwards society. Dogmatically agreeing and copying what Donald Trump says and does is almost as bad as dogmatically accepting PC to be the law of the land.
Sure Donald Trump deserves some of the praise he gets, but what's baffling is the lack of criticism he gets for some of his crude comments (or perhaps the lack of media emphasis on it). I was surprised that Donald Trump said "there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever" in reference to a crude menstruation 'joke', but I was even more surprised to see the lack of publicized backlash by Megyn Kelly and other critics of Trump and even the support of a statement that was demeaning and a blatant personal attack on Megyn Kelly.
So how do you help save free speech while still maintaining a code of ethics?
Combatting PC and PC culture is likely a fight that will take many years. But it's never too late to start and join the fight. By doing simple things in your community, like the promotion of free speech at your local school district or just living your life free from political correctness, while encouraging others to do the same will be a great help in the long run.
I do not encourage people to dogmatically follow Trump and his approach to free speech, I believe that while Trump says things that are politically incorrect, he fails to know the difference between anti-PC and personal attacks/childish insults.
In the words of Ben Shapiro, a political commentator who went to a poor school district and told the kids that they were poor because of bad life choices by their parents and then promptly got escorted out by the principal: " the thing about Donald Trump is that he fails to distinguish being politically correct from just being a jackass,"
So try to be politically incorrect, protect your rights of free speech, but keep in mind your morals and ethics, so that you aren't a jackass and don't encourage others to be.