Here’s what happens when you change the term “political correctness” to “treating people with respect”

This viral tweet from Byron C. Clark is more relevant now than ever:

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  1. The XKCD forums autocorrect "political correctness" to "basic human decency".

  2. I first heard of "PC" in the early 90s while in college.
    I still haven't figured out what it is.
    It seems to be a term created to attack kindness.

  3. Yes, and if I replace all the instances of BoingBoing with 'Stormfront,' I make all of us sound really bad. Why are you all posting on Stormfront?

    Replacing a word with another word when the difference is the argument is not engaging in debate, it's acting like a five year old.

    Is there a difference between political correctness and treating people with respect? Why, yes there is. Political Correctness may overlap with treating people with respect (it is both politically correct and respectful not to call a gentleman from Mexico a 'spic,' a girl from Tel Aviv a 'kike,' or a person of alternative gender of recent African extraction a 'nigger.') but it also includes idiocy that hurts people. Example? Certainly. Consider the scandal in Rotherham as described by the national broadcaster. Political correctness and not anything else lead the officials of the council to deny and delay investigation the rape of children. It was political correctness in their words and in the words of the incandescently furious local Muslim organizations who were horrified at what was done to 'treat them with respect.'

    So no. Political correctness and treating people with respect are not the same thing. They are not thought of as the same thing (and there's your descriptivist reason to abandon this whole idiotic enterprise right here) firstly, and secondly they do not describe the same thing. Treating people with respect is between fellow humans, a matter of kindness and respect. Political correctness is the fallow, poisonous attempt at a synthetic version of that by institutions without an ounce of courage or as much heart as God gave a cockroach. It is doing respect and kindness badly.

    It saddens me that what is, essentially, a corporate communications strategy with all the warmth and humanity of a thrown knife is fetishized by people who really ought to know better.

  4. No. "Political correctness" is a nebulous and pejorative dog whistle term used by the right to push an agenda. It's rarely if ever used in good faith. Puritanism is an actual thing.

  5. Very few people on the left use the term. It's almost exclusively used by people on the right to bitch about the practice of treating people with respect. Thus the original post.

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