Political Correctness Essay

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Billy Meek ENG 112-004 Professor Doctor 2/13/13 Political Correctness "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; of abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances" (First Amendment). This should sound familiar to any United States citizen. Everyone have been hearing it all of their lives. It is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Over recent years many people have decided that speech should be edited if not all-out censored. This censorship of speech is commonly known as "political correctness." However, requiring people to be politically correct and punishing them if they are not, is unconstitutional, for it inhibits a person's right to be honest, and to question authority. Political correctness was introduced in the 1980s. It was introduced in an effort to increase tolerance for a diversity of cultures, race, gender, ideology and alternate lifestyles. Also, political correctness tried to compel everyone to avoid using words and behaviors that discriminated or offended various groups of people. Although, political correctness was founded with good intent, it does more harm than good. The most noticeable example of harm is how political correctness proponents try to please everyone at the same time. It is impossible to try to please two sides of a population at the same time. The previous meaning of political correctness was in line with prevailing political thought or policy. The term previously used “correctness” in its literal sense and without any particular reference to language that might be considered offensive or discriminatory. The term political correctness in the 1980s wasn’t used to censor pejorative subjects that are less than average or at a
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