In most things I am liberal
. However, PC
. It was put forth by liberal groups
, but it restricts free speech
. That is the most important right
there is IMHO. Restricting that in the name of being polite
should be entirely internal
. Granted, one should weight the external social cost
of making statements that disagree with the general feeling of any group
, but ideas should not have to be structured using only certain
words. As far as I'm concerned, white guys
guys are black
, not Caucasian
. Citing it is a cliche
but in 1984
, the government
tried to force everyone to use the same words
. This limits
thought, and ideas
I think its obvious that the press is liberal, but that's for another time. I think there are conservatives in Congress, but again, another time I may talk about that.
Restriction of speech and thought by anything, whether government, corporation, social trend, or taboo, is stupid. Therefore, PC is stupid.
Response to knifegirl
So you decided to use certain words because you didn't want to hurt someone, and thats a moral thing IMO. Yet, it was not forced on you. Notice what I said about social costs above.
And Yes I have been told not to call blacks black. Many times. I was given detention because I wouldn't call someone I'd been friends with for almost 5 years and who didn't care either way (I directly asked him) African-American instead of black. I threatened to go to private school, and they didn't want that because I am by public school's standards bright so it was let go. But I've had random people tell me the same thing, but none have ever been black. I don't consider calling someone black a slur.
Political correctness makes slurs bad not because they hurt people but because it goes against the accepted way of speaking. Again, thats why its stupid.