Political correctness allows for two basic
types of complaint: that people who behave the same are treated
differently and that people who behave differently are treated
To know what you prefer, instead of humbly
saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
-Robert Louis Stevenson,
Scottish novelist, poet and essayist
We live in oppressive times. We have, as a
nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling
the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and
wonder "censorship," we call it "concern for commercial viability."
American playwright and film director
Whenever you find yourself on the side of
the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
-Samuel Longhorne Clemens
The two sides of the
Political correctness can be viewed in a positive
or a negative light depending on the origin of the definition.
According to Donald Abelson, a political science
professor at Western, political correctness can be defined,
in basic terms, as the attempt to prevent people from deliberately
saying things that are offensive, including racist, mysogynist
or anti-homosexual comments.
There is also another, more extreme view of
political correctness that defines it as a series of militant
restrictions on personal rights and freedoms, particularly freedom
of speech. The term has taken on more and more negative connotations
in the last decade, as increasing numbers of people feel that
their personal freedoms are being deemed obsolete as political
correctness runs rampant in today's society.
It is important to keep a critical perspective
of political correctness and to discuss various events from
several different standpoints.