Over the past few years, Political Correctness or “Political Correctitude” has been the focal point of many a conversation.
This concept has evolved into a social practice of humans being more inclusive in general, which is great. But nowadays, doesn’t it feel like we have to think twice about everything we say, to make sure we don’t offend anyone?
So what is political correctness? The definition of Political Correctness is the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.
Reading this definition we come to a couple of vital questions. where did political correctness originate from, and how has it become such a vital part of our generation?
PC (political correctness) came into being in the First World War, when politicians used the term to garner the support of the minorities. One heavily biased report attributed the term to Stalin, who allegedly used it to push his party’s ideology onto the public. While another article claims that American politicians used it to make sure the minority groups voted for them. Either way, the term seemed like more of a selfish way to seem diplomatic, the be nice to the people you want something from kind of attitude.
This is an intriguing concept, because now, being politically correct comes with a lot of baggage; with the “moral police” watching you closely, quick to take a screenshot of captions where you’ve slipped up and tweets from when you were a kid, everybody seems eager to type up a storm about how you’re racist or hateful to a group of people. It seems like being politically correct only applies to famous people and people on social media, though.
One can’t be politically correct or incorrect, it’s more of a spectrum, where talking about x is less acceptable in society, than y. But even then talking about x to a close group of humans, who understand your perspective and the context in which it is spoken, can be acceptable in that environment. It’s all very relative.
We see political correctness as a Venn Diagram, with Politics as one circle, Morals as the second circle, and Political Correctness as the common ground for the two circles.