The term “political correctness” has become code for so many things lately; from conversations about women and racial and ethnic minorities. It has become a license for some people to say anything they want, about any individual or social group without having to suffer the consequences or even think about the psychological or physical hardships inflected.
There is such power in a single act of kindness.
And so much potential when we try to understand.
Why do we use the term ‘political correctness’?
First used in Soviet Russia in the early 20th century – to describe behaviours that toed the Communist party line — it’s morphed into a Western insult.
From reading comments made online and in print articles, and talking to a few friends, I gather it’s a term used by members of any powerful/majority group (e.g. Whites, Christians, Able-bodied, Male, Non-Immigrant, etc.). But it goes beyond those groups.
I also gather that the term gets used when we are about to say something unkind, or pass on a negative generalization about a member or members of a group.
And it’s also used to decry behaviours that we consider too polite, too considerate of others.
Can there be such a thing as being…
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