Where to begin?
First of all, it pisses me off.
There was a thread today in JJHF talking about the whole Don Imus situation (He apparently called some girls' basketball team 'nappy headed hos'). I don't watch/listen to Imus, so I don't know what he said.
But then it got into political correctness.
I saw Ralphie May on Comedy Central the other day. One of his jokes was that people get upset when you call someone "Retarded" vs "Mentally Challenged" or whatever. Then he said "The retarded people aren't getting upset!"
And it's true.
Political Correctness has gone way too far.
Retarded people KNOW that they're different. But I don't know if they think the word "Retarded" is, according to the PC people, offensive.
1. characterized by retardation: a retarded child.
2. (used with a plural verb) mentally retarded persons collectively (usually prec. by the): new schools for the retarded.
1. A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay.
Retarded means, simply put, "slow".
The word, in and of itself, is not offensive. It's just stating a fact.
Any word can be offensive if people CHOOSE to see it as such.
I am offended by the term "African American". I am not African. No one in my family (for the past several generations) is African. I did not just get off the boat.
I'm an American. I happen to be black.
If you're going to try to label me as an "African" American, you need to label every other American too. But, let's be honest, most of us are Hybrids. Or Composites. Even if both of your parents consider themselves Italian, it doesn't mean you don't have some Black, German, Asian or Latino somewhere in the mix.
Which is why it's stupid.
I think everyone knows that not all black people are BLACK. Strictly speaking, white people aren't white. They're pinkish peachy people. But if you have to put a label on what they are, everyone knows what a white person is.
How much farther will this go?
Like hate crimes.
If 2 men get into a fight, it's a fight. If one of the men is gay, it's a hate crime.
What if the gay guy is kicking the straight guy's ass? Is it a hate crime then? Maybe he hates heterosexuals.
I am only politically correct when I am being facetious.
I don't see that changing in the future.