I wonder when and who decided it was important to always be politically correct in the United States. Most of the time it makes sense, but, like everything else, it frequently goes too far. America does not consider the importance of tradition vs. being politically correct.
Here are some examples of how to be politically correct.
- Be careful when talking in groups or talking about others. No one should feel excluded or singled out.
This makes sense but I don’t think we’ll ever see political correctness in families when they talk about other relatives.
- Avoid the usage of words which address a single demographic group. Example: Don’t use ‘men’ when you mean ‘all people.’
Again, a reasonable idea. However, Americans seldom speak correct English. A difficult guideline to follow.
- Each individual must be allowed to describe themselves in terms they choose in regards to sex, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
Important, and more importantly we should form a dialogue to be aware of their self-description.
- Avoid using words describing physical or mental deficiencies such as ‘retarded,’ or ‘handicapped.’
I think those blue signs hanging in cars should be changed to ‘physically challenged parking.’
- Do not use titles which refer to a single gender; instead of stewardess, use flight attendant.
Watching ‘C-SPAN’ I’ve never seen someone address the person holding a discussion or debate as ‘Chairperson;’ it’s always ‘Chairman’ or ‘Madam Chairman.’
- Watch what you say; instead of ‘do you have a boyfriend,’ use ‘are you dating anyone?’
Okay; that’ll work.
- Be cautious using racial terms. Use terms such as ‘Irish-American,’ or ‘Italian American.’
Some of this will be discussed later.
- Avoid using religious terms when speaking with groups who may be from different religions.
Just don’t talk about religion; (my grandfather’s advice).
Overall these suggestions make sense. Sometimes it gets out of hand, and if someone gets offended it’s by choice.
I’ll begin with President’s Day. When I was in school there were two Holidays in February; Lincoln’s Birthday on the 12th, and Washington’s Birthday on the 22nd. I loved it, and I believed both of these men deserved the honor.
Some ‘brainiac,’ most likely the CEO of a large company, decided we should have one day to honor all presidents and it would be on a Monday, creating a three day weekend, and lots of sales.
I know that many of our presidents do not deserve the honor. I won’t name them, my list is long, and you may have your own opinions. (Mine are the right ones).
I will continue to say ‘Merry Christmas’ until the day I die. I choose not to be politically correct and say ‘Happy Holidays.’ No one has to celebrate the birth of Christ unless they choose to do so. Besides, Christ wasn’t born anywhere near the end of December.
I witnessed an argument between a man and a woman one day. The man was loudly telling the woman that he was an ‘African-American’ and so was she. She loudly retorted that she was ‘black,’ and proud of it. She explained, with emphasis, that she was born in America.
All I can say to this is to repeat a slogan I head in the 60’s; ‘Say it out loud, I’m black and I’m proud.’
There has been a great deal of discussion recently about the name of Washington’s NFL team, the ‘Redskins.’
If the numbers reported are true, and it offends Native Americans, then I agree that it should be changed. But the facts do not support the claims of the few. A large percentage of Native Americans ‘have no problem with the name.’
I was induced to write this because of a situation which took place in Seattle today, October 7th, 2014. The people of the ‘Emerald City’ decided to celebrate October 12th as ‘Indigenous Peoples Day,’ instead of Columbus Day.
I for one always thought it was a silly holiday. Christopher Columbus did not discover our continent; the Vikings did. In addition, he stumbled onto our shores; he didn’t know where he was going.
But to change the name is ludicrous and is an attempt to recognize the original people of the Northwest. Another politically correct action which makes no sense.
Tradition vs. being politically correct is an interesting subject; it will undoubtedly create a heated discussion. My opinion, and that’s what this is all about, is that attempting to be politically correct on every issue is boring and just plain ‘no fun.’ It has its place, and so does tradition. I think we all have to ‘lighten-up’ a little.
This is my opinion, and mine alone