Etiquette vs. Political Correctness

Common Courtesy and Etiquette vs. the Politically Correct

Often times, we mistake these two for one in the same. In our society, having a different opinion than somebody else strikes a discord, and it is as though the world has somehow become your enemy. The simple post you put on FaceBook that details your political beliefs has people outraged and the CAPS LOCK comments come in, with all kinds of hatred and profanity towards how you insulted their lives. Even college football has people in each other’s faces, with rants about how these young prospects are valuable, and how they deserve to win rather than the other team. But apart from what we see on social media, have you not considered how politicians and even our President speak about their agendas? One slip of the tongue can cause protests and riots. People confuse rights with privileges, and wonder why our leaders can talk so badly about the “poor” convicts who can’t even vote, or about  the confused female who believes there are 3 or more genders. That thought alone is kind of disturbing, we don’t even have the right little stick people to put on bathrooms to please some people!

However it may be concerned, being politically correct deters from mission accomplishment. I live on a college campus in southern Arkansas, and my peers are ethnically and racially diverse. I am even in an interracial relationship. I’d asked my girlfriend once, “What do you prefer, to be called black, or African American?” She laughed, and replied, “Is it not easier just to say that I am black? I don’t call you a Caucasian!” I had asked the same question to a group of friends once, and they preferred the same.  They thought that the term “African American” is almost outdated, because aren’t we all  simply Americans anyways? But when it comes to the conference room or politics, the term must be used.

The same goes with the word homosexual. Again, in a diverse campus, you have multiple outlets of people you can talk to from different backgrounds. I asked around, and the preferred word was gay. We even see it in Hollywood, where the media calls the attention, “Actor X admits that he is gay!” So why does speculation occur in the political atmosphere when that word is used rather than Homosexual or “members of the LGBT community.”

The list goes on and on. It seems as though we have gotten to the point where we are more concerned about the words we use than what we are saying. No one should ever have to say, “I apologize if this offends anybody,” before stating something, because of two big reasons. One, they have a purpose to accomplish by saying it, and two; they are going to say it anyway! We have gotten rid of the idea of let bygones be bygones, and we have instead implied that if you hurt me emotionally then I’m coming for you. And this article doesn’t target the black community or the LGBT, but everybody who would rather allow such meaningless political correctness takes place rather than completing the mission!

It doesn’t just take place in politics, but take a look at Europe. British police officers cannot target areas with higher Islamic refugee populations and movement due to political correctness, but these same areas have a surge of kidnappings and rape! The same goes when President Trump issued the refugee ban, which articles have claimed that it is a Muslim ban, causing a widespread chaos and surge of protests. Why are we worried now about what President Trump said about grabbing a female body part years ago, when the same people protesting him today listen to a stream of ridiculously profane music that encourages men to be inconsiderate to women and to only have sex with them? Check out the top ten hits of rap and hip hop for the past two years, and you can’t argue with me.

We come from an atmosphere of what we say to each other is fine, but what our leaders and law enforcement officers say and do has to be criticized and viewed with scrutiny? It is ridiculous. Are racial tensions truly on the rise, or is this propaganda to dissuade us from coming together as Americans? Time and time again, I will blame the media on many of the issues we face today. If the media could just accept etiquette over political correctness, than the social issues we see in DC would either be diminished or never have happened at all. At the heart of human nature, I have this common belief that the sane human being is good. It is only fear and worries that changes who we are, and the media twists the words our leaders say to bring out the bad in us. As humble American, I encourage you all to not worry about what is politically correct, but to be courteous to others and just have respect for your fellow people. As for me, I will do the same, and make sure that the actions I take better myself and those around me, even if I have to say things that are not politically correct.

Garrison Wayne


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