What is the difference between being correct and being politically correct?
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.
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.
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.
by collegedad3 years ago
What does the term "politically correct" mean to you?I was recently told that I needed to be "politically correct" in my statements. I won't elaborate here, but I have a strong opinion about folks...
by nightwork47 years ago
is being politicaly correct counter-productive?is there a need for honesty versus being politicaly correct . not rude but saying what you really think.
by meow486 years ago
Has being politically correct affected our freedom of speech?
by Paula3 years ago
I just saw picture of someone holding a sign that said in essence, "Bombing for peace is like having sex for virginity." But the word used for sex was another word, you get the idea....I think that at...
by Schandee Decker3 years ago
Is anyone else sick of the words "politically correct"?Who thought this up, a politician and why are so many people going along with it. We keep changing in America to accommodate more people we don't need....
by aka-dj4 years ago
I dislike PC.It stifles free speech, and free thought.It turns people agains each other, through altered forms of communication, and creates confusion through altering the meaning of words, and phrases.What are your...
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