Political correctness - does it get in the way of sincerity?
Absolutely and without a doubt. The best way to feed the marketplace of ideas, for the truth to emerge, is by speaking strongly of what we believe in. There are people plainly ignorant, but there are always misguided people. Keeping others strong beliefs under the sheets, is to not be truthful and it is condescending. Great question btw.
Definition of political correctness - 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.
If someone can't be sincere without excluding, marginalizing, or insulting disadvantaged or discriminated against people then the problem is with them not political correctness.
However, there is a great paradox in your saying. If someone really believes in something that is considered discrimination, but it never comes up, as a result of political correctness, where is the sincerity?
Chances are if the majority of society feels it is discrimination it is. Really believing in something doesn't mean the world needs to do it. One can believe whatever they want without forcing that on other people.
The term "political correctness" was a mis-guided USAGE only from the get-go - but the concept behind it was NOT misguided. What was meant by the concept, in my mind, was giving respect and understanding. Year ago, when I was teaching, a method by Glasser was popular. It required only two things of the students: "respect," and "responsibility". Little second graders got the idea that not touching the wall with dirty hands every time they walked down the hall was RESPECTING the building; that listening to a classmate and his or her views was RESPECTING them; that when one student said something hurtful to another, they diminished that person and were not respecting them; (and on and on). It should have always been called being RESPECTFUL - respectful if a person tells you something offends them instead of arguing why it shouldn't - respectful if a person tells you he or she sees injustice that you don't - just plain respectful of other people's opinions. The world will always have tribes - that's how we group ourselves, but peaceful coexistence will always require what should have been called RESPECT.
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