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03 June 2008 @ 08:46 am
Why I Despise Political Correctness  
Why Political Correctness does more harm than anything else:

Political correctness confuses language and bars debate. When terms and concepts become prohibited, it is difficult if not impossible to articulate a viewpoint that has been deemed politically incorrect. The effect is that no debate on these issues is possible. Concepts are decreed "incorrect" and must forever remain that way. As soon as ideas are prohibited, there can be no further useful discussion on the affected topic, because debate becomes impossible. Communication becomes fraught with problems.

Political correctness obscures problems. As soon as language becomes obscured and concepts forbidden, certain problems can no longer be understood because they cannot be conveyed in a politically correct manner.

Political correctness hampers problem-solving. Obviously, as soon as problems become difficult to understand, solving those problems becomes increasingly difficult. Instead of problems being solved, their very existence is merely denied.

Political correctness is already creating concrete problems. For instance, political correctness forbids discrimination between individuals in any sphere of life, including education. In our (South African) universities, for example, many (but not all) black students are permitted to enter courses on a quota basis. The reason is obvious: if they were evaluated on an identical basis to white students, much fewer of them would be admitted (why else institute a quota system?), creating a perceived "racial bias". One is not allowed to say this, however. The implications, too, are obvious: quota-admitted black students are now being admitted to courses they are not qualified for. One is not allowed to say this, however. Therefore, racial-quota students need extra courses, perhaps even an extra year, to bring them up to standard, since they are behind their merit-admitted peers. One is not allowed to say this, however. The effect is that quota-admitted black students struggle through university paying more than they need to, since they need to continually retake courses. One is not allowed to point out this problem, however, since it would require the latter forbidden chain of reasoning.

Political correctness, to me, is like a child hiding by covering its eyes. Being wilfully ignorant of a problem will not, and cannot, produce a solution. And the very essence of political correctness, that of forbidding the expression of these and many other ideas, will worsen any and all affected problems.
 
 
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jordan179jordan179 on June 3rd, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Political correctness, to me, is like a child hiding by covering its eyes. Being wilfully ignorant of a problem will not, and cannot, produce a solution. And the very essence of political correctness, that of forbidding the expression of these and many other ideas, will worsen any and all affected problems.

I fully agree with you. It's the sort of thing which ivory-tower academics, who live in a world governed by words without any necessary connection to realities, tend to come up with -- and they flatter themselves by imagining that by controlling the words they can control the realities.
WolfieInuwolfieinu on June 3rd, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
"It's the sort of thing which ivory-tower academics, who live in a world governed by words without any necessary connection to realities, tend to come up with [...]"

The same people who still think Communism works. You have a point there ;)