I hate the term Political Correctness.
The reason is simple. I never hear someone calling someone out using the term. Nobody has ever in my presence said “You can’t say that, it’s not Politically Correct.” without meaning it in an ironic way. I have never run across a case where someone used it to stop someone’s speech. Maybe there have been but I’ve never seen it.
No the term Political Correctness, or Politically Correct is, in my experience used by people who ARE saying sexist, racist, anti-semetic, Islamophobic, homophobic, or other hate speech. They use it when someone calls them out for being an asshole. They try to use it as a shield to protect their indefensible speech. That is when they drag up the tired old trope “I hate Political Correctness. You can’t even say what you think.” Often they’ll even the use the term “thought police”.
No, listen up asshole. You have the right to say or believe whatever you want. You want to be a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, paranoid, drooling mouth breather you have every right. However the rest of us have every right to call you out on it. To point out that you are not only making yourself look like god’s own dung beetle, but you are bringing shame on all of the rest of us in the process. Everyone, not just you, have the Free Speech rights. That’s called dialogue. There is an old saying that No Man Is An Island, and this is a prime example. You can believe whatever you want. You can say whatever you want. But what you say and believe have an impact on the rest of us in society. As a result while you have the right to free speech, so do we. We have the right to call you out for being a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, paranoid, drooling mouth breather.
It isn’t Political Correctness to point out when someone is being an asshole. It isn’t Political Correctness to stop someone who is threatening people. It isn’t Political Correctness to stand up against ignorance, and hatred. It isn’t Political Correctness to measure your words and think about their impact before you say them. It’s called being polite.
From what I’ve seen, there is only one group of people that believe there is such a thing as Political Correctness. Those who want to impose their narrow minded views on others and are shocked to find most people are decent and fair-minded enough to not want to go along. So if I tell you to shut up, I’m not being Politically Correct. You are harming others with your words. You are being an asshole.
And I have no problem calling out an asshole for being an asshole.