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What is the difference between being correct and being politically correct?

  1. reinhardBeck profile image76
    reinhardBeckposted 3 years ago

    What is the difference between being correct and being politically correct?

  2. pippap profile image85
    pippapposted 3 years ago

    To be correct all you need to be is right.  There is no right attitude or correct verbage associated with being correct.  You can be correct and still be as arrogant, rude and profane as you like. 

    To be politically correct you don't necessarily need to be correct.  Let me explain. Political correctness is all about using the "accepted" term or phrase when speaking about issues that could be potentially volatile and/or hurtful.  It does not matter if you are correct in what you are saying as long as what you say is expressed correctly.

    Examples of political correctness are:

    Persons from other countries are now referred in relation to their country of origin along with the country lived in:  Afro-Americans, Indo-Canadians, etc.

    Words that are gender specific are being replaced with non-gender identifying words:  chairperson, police officer, flight attendant.

    1. reinhardBeck profile image76
      reinhardBeckposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It does not matter if you are correct in what you are saying as long as what you say is expressed correctly.  Doesn't "Red Indian" sould better than "Native American"? The 1st describes a person the 2nd describes a specimen preserved in a jar.

  3. kbdressman profile image93
    kbdressmanposted 3 years ago

    Political correctness is using approved terminology to avoid offending a minority group. 

    Correctness is having accurate and true information or arguments.

    They coexist in the same text occasionally, but are not at all interdependent.

    1. reinhardBeck profile image76
      reinhardBeckposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      which is more important though. If you have to choose between being right and politically correct which would you choose?

 
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