Here’s the thing about folks who rail against the “Politically Correct.” Being politically correct is exactly that: being correct, or on the right side of a fact-based, or morally superior argument.
It is politically correct to be against racism and misogyny. It is politically correct to be against a government that is owned by corporate interests. It is politically correct to be against gerrymandering and voter suppression. It is politically correct to want to elevate the poor and the struggling so they can live with a little dignity. It is politically correct to want to invest in the best education we possibly can for our children. It is politically correct to understand that science is our friend.
To be politically correct is to stand by your principles and be willing to engage with opposing views using rational thought, logical inference and facts, an admittedly difficult thing to do in today’s environment of “alternative facts,” media bashing and claims of “fake news” from the anti-intellectuals on the far right, and yes, the far left.
People who don’t like “political correctness” are simply uninterested in facing facts. More importantly, they are demonstrating lack of empathy. They mock political correctness with smug condescension and expect that everyone will simply buy the bullshit they are selling. It is simply another way to package anti-intellectualism into bite-sized morsels that the ignorant can devour while feeling superior.
People who object to political correctness are really saying “I’m tired of having to defend my offensive beliefs and I don’t care about the people those beliefs offend.”
I’m happy to be politically correct. How about you?