I've been against political correctness, well, ever since it exploded into sheer insanity. We are either communicating less with one another, or more volatile than ever. Walking on eggshells has never been healthy for anyone and now we are collectively creating this type of relationship with society, embedded into our culture.
If it speaks- it stings.
The enemy is turning on itself now. We're seeing people who once represented progress and diversity, such as Covergirl's first male model donning Covergirl makeup: James Charles who is now under fire for a recent tweet. Traveling to Africa, he said he hopes not to get Ebola. He made an unmistakable association between Ebola and Africa/African Americans. It was an honestly, awful joke, but now it has turned into blatant accusations toward him and real people believing they should be hurt because others announced this offense. What was an honest "mistake" has been blown into character assassinations. Nobody is immune!
Intent is 9/10's of the conversation.
This scenario is one of many that proves we have lost our ability to read between the lines or consider intent, or at least the person (whether they intend to harm). Reading words exclusively at face value is a slippery slope- one that will eventually lead us all to be victims or to easily point our fingers and make someone else a victim. Was James Charles meaning to harm the African culture or people? I doubt it. But here we go...
Is this the world you want to live in?
"Officially the first time in human history that every single demographic group has simultaneously felt unfairly victimized."
I'm not a psychic, but the future of political correctness leads to being our own worst enemy...because we are so different in tastes, talk, and even humor. There needs to be grace and forgiveness in these unintentional mishaps. What was originally put into place as a seemingly benign effort at protecting people of diversity, is negatively effecting the diverse as well. Clearly, we need a lesson in acceptance on the very fact that we are imperfect humans. If there is no room for that, there is no hope for humanity.
Wine Advice + Uncommon Sense
Everybody needs to express themselves in some form- mine happens to be written form...with an opinion. Occasionally I get in the mood for some wine and answer life's tricky questions.