"Euphemisms only perpetuate the myth that we're somehow past the ugly, naked truth. And the results from Tuesday's primary - where many poor, uneducated, white folks voted for the millionaire white woman because they saw no viable alternative - prove we are buried deeper in the racist muck than anyone in the media cares - or dares - to admit.
Why has it become taboo to tell it like it is? Who are we afraid of offending? The offensive? I say if someone's that ignorant in the year 2008, she's earned it."
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my buddy dan'l is a staunch un-supporter of political correctness (and yes, i made that word up. it's my blog and i can if i want :) and as i have begun distancing myself from the left wing of the democratic party- and the democratic party itself- i must say- i agree. i understand why it was implemented. people are ignorant. people are lazy. people in this country want to be told what to do. hence- the political correctness stuff. my thought is- just be truthful and sincere. if you say something stupid- you are human- apologize. most folks will take it in stride if they know that you are truly sorry and just being stupid. whether it be a tasteless joke or an offhand remark- 'sweetie'- it can be corrected.
where most folks run into trouble- they don't learn from their mistakes. their "mistakes" are actually ways of life- and unfortunately, tend to be racist, bigoted, homophobic and misogynistic. people are capable of changing but many don't because 1) the don't recognize the need to; 2) they don't want to- it makes them feel powerful to be a jerk and 3) they don't know how. we have become a society that is fearful of offending people like us- but not afraid to offend or belittle people who are not as powerful as we.
my thought is- we need to put it out there. someone has to have the courage to say what needs to be said. if you put it out there, it loses it's power. that is why i am hypercritical of the israeli government. folks for too long have been afraid of being branded 'anti-semitic' if they criticized israel in any way- now, there's j-street and other groups (not because of me but because people are realizing that they can criticize policy without destroying people) i am critical of hillary clinton because her minions have put her on the white women feminist pedestal to the exclusion of others- and she has shamelessly played the race card. being critical of her doesn't mean i am a misogynist- and many people male and female are speaking out against it.
if nothing else- the bushcheneyites have let americans know it is ok to criticize policy and separate the people from it- they tried to use political correctness to avoid all criticism of war by using our troops as a buffer. i am glad that people realized that we could criticize the war and still support the troops- unlike the war supporters who didn't - and still don't support our troops. anyhoo- put it out there- create some controversy. let people know that whatever the issue- it can be aired out and talked about adult to adult. if people can't handle that- then they aren't adults.