Like most issues in our evolving culture, the internet has given a variety of topics new life. How we perceive and seek information, our opinions, and even the leaders of our country can all be found in vivid detail on the internet. A quick scroll through any given trend on twitter will show you that there isn’t much that hasn’t been shied away from.
However, America’s past tends to be a cruel one when it comes to the topic of intersectionality. In this country, being a person of color comes with a slew of issues and obstacles to overcome. To explain why that is would not only take more than a single article, but also completely take attention away from the new, digital issue that arose in our modern world.
Political correctness, known to some as “being a decent person,” has many definitions. It is defined as conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities, as in matters of sex or race, should be eliminated.
On the surface, it could sound controlling, or silencing to a crowd of people. It seems as if it’s an issue that has found its footing online. It’s even being credited as a major problem with democrats.
Now more than ever, especially with the actions being taken by our government, it’s imperative that the topic being broken down to what it truly is.
Political correctness comes down to having the common sense, and intelligence, to realize when something has the potential to be horribly offensive. It’s honestly not a hard concept to grasp. However, when a whomping majority of your population, as well as the greater part of your government thinks otherwise, it will always prove to be a problem. Because it will always expose the progress that was never really made in our country.
In a perfect world, political correctness is just a social cue that no one has to think about. Certain references are not to be made, and that knowledge is commonplace. If the 20th century showed us anything, it’s that progress is only made when truly fought for. Even worse, opposition of that progress never truly fades away.
According to the Public Religion Research Institute, 91 percent of the average white American’s closest friends and family are white. Only 1 percent are black. The average black American engages other blacks 83 percent of the time, 8 percent with whites, 2 percent with latinos. To put all of this together neatly; different ethnic groups in America are not communicating with each other until it’s too late, and it’s already costing us dearly.
By the time we are adults and able to hurl profanities across the internet, in 140 characters or less, our opinions are solidified. The history course a college student will take freshmen year gives viable information that won’t be taken seriously. The incredibly heartbreaking, and usually hate-driven, stories in American history are buried under tales of success and manifest destiny.
America is actively avoiding a conversation that will continue to be a hot topic as long as race is a social construct. Understanding cultural differences is the first step in deconstructing what is honestly a dim-witted topic. In this day and age, we still shouldn’t have to teach each other how not to be insensitive. Ethnic groups shouldn’t have to vehemently plead for support when statical evidence stands to defend them. We shouldn’t have to govern the government.
Political correctness is not worthy of being a real issue. However, if we don’t press the topic of true diversity and equality, fast, we will continue to see the same injustices happen time and time again.
Check the president’s relations with any minority group in this country if you need farther proof of just how bad America needs to start talking.