Politically correct refers to the avoidance or censorship of words, actions, and policies that could offend disadvantaged groups. In modern discussions, the word is loaded, with commentators divided concerning its influence. Many people use this term disparagingly, and see it as a reflection of our culture's hypersensitivity. Others argue that political correctness reflects respect for diversity. Does political correctness disrupt honest public discourse, or show concern for the marginalized?
Yes, political correctness harms society
Our society's focus on political correctness cultivates social discord, not progress.
Politically correct speech is a superficial solution to problems with inequality and discrimination
Although advocates of political correctness claim it helps the disadvantaged, speech alone does not rectify inequality. Focus on political correctness has taken attention away from the actions that do help resolve inequality and discrimination.
Political correctness stifles and goes against the principle of free speech
In a society that condemns political incorrectness, people cannot speak honestly without fear of being "canceled." This stifles free speech because people choose to stay silent rather than speaking their opinions.
Politically correct standards encourage proper use of free speech
If a society has standards of political correctness, its inhabitants can use their free speech properly and considerately without hurting others. Lack of concern for speech can become an oppressive tool used to further discriminate against minority groups.