Tuesday, January 19, 2016
"Political Correctness" Is Just A Silly Defense Of Hate Speech
One of the favorite terms of the right-wing these days is "political correctness". Erica Hellerstein and Judd Legum at Think Progress have written a very good article about this, and I urge you to read the whole thing. Here is just a small part of it:
So, what is political correctness? The right would have you believe it is a pernicious attempt to limit free speech -- to mandate only speech that is "politically correct" (acceptable to the left). If that was true, then it has been a dismal failure. One need only listen to radio, watch TV, or peruse the internet to see that free speech still abounds in this country -- including hate speech from the right. Anyone can say pretty much anything they want in this country (and that's a good thing).
Political Correctness simply does not exist as a curb on free speech. That's just a fact. So what is it? It is just a term used to protect the hate speech of the right.
The right has a basic misunderstanding of just what free speech truly is. They rightly believe it allows them to say whatever they wish (however offensive). What they misunderstand is that free speech is the right of all Americans. And it applies equally to those who disagree with the hate speech of the right. When people disagree with right-wing hate speech, that is not political correctness -- it is just more free speech.
The right calls it political correctness because when they are called-out on that hate speech, they have no rational way to defend it. Their only defense (and it is a rather pathetic one) is to label that opposing free speech as political correctness. It is the right-wing's code word for their inability to defend their racism, misogny, xenophobia, and religious bigotry.
When you hear a politician (or anyone else) use the term, you should immediately know they are trying to defend something stupid they have said (and have no rational argument to do so).