Defending Political Correctness

Defending Political Correctness

It's something people love to hate.

Political correctness seems to be the enemy of many conservatives right now. Critics of President Obama often attribute political correctness as to why he is being "soft" on terror by refusing to say "Radical Islam," and the reason why many people think that this generation is becoming too sensitive.

But what specifically constitutes being politically correct, and what about political correctness is so unpopular? I decided to search the meaning of the term to find out.

This is the definition of political correctness provided by Google:

"The avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against."

To put things into simpler terms, political correctness is the voluntary decision to speak in a way that treats people with respect, even though it can at times be taken too far. If phrased like this, it would seem like political correctness would be a much more appealing idea. But to many, it's very unappealing.

Political Correctness' Backlash

Criticism against political correctness has gained popularity among candidates for political office. Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump condemned political correctness in the first Republican Primary debate, stating, "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t, frankly, have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either."

Trump isn't the only candidate who's been critical of political correctness. Dr. Ben Carson took his concerns a step further, attributing drug addiction to political correctness by saying, "There are all kinds of addictions and addictions occur in people who are vulnerable who are lacking something in their lives, so we really have to start asking ourselves what have we taken outside of our lives in America? What are some of those values and principles that allowed us to ascend the ladder of success so rapidly to the pinnacle of the world and the highest pinnacle anyone else had ever reached, and why are we throwing away all of our values and principles for the sake of political correctness?"

But the distaste doesn't end with politicians. Social media posts on websites such as Twitter have also shown resistance against the idea of political correctness, and how they think it makes people too sensitive.

Every objection to political correctness seems to have two things in thing in common: One, people want to be more straightforward rather than sugarcoat issues (President Obama's hesitancy to use the phrase "radical Islam" to attribute acts of terror from jihadist groups). And two, people don't like to be criticized for saying the things they say.

Here's why political correctness is so controversial. Opponents and proponents of PC are misinterpreting what it is and what it was meant for.

Yes, political correctness is speaking in a way that respects people and their differences more, but it was never meant to replace words to the point where a description wouldn't be accurate. For example, if President Obama decided to use the phrase "radical Islam" regarding a jihadist group with a distorted view of the Muslim faith, that would still be politically correct! As long as the word "radical" is included when addressing those groups, and it ensures that we acknowledge that radicals do not represent mainstream Muslims, it's politically correct. Just like it's politically correct to call the Planned Parenthood shooter a radical Christian terrorist. He was for sure a radical, and he does not by any means represent Christianity or its followers.

Another example of irritation that opponents of PC have is when people insist that it is offensive to use the word "black" to describe African Americans. This is actually an area where many proponents of PC get the meaning of PC all wrong. Saying black is politically correct. This is because not all black people in the United States have African roots. Some have roots from Caribbean countries like Jamaica or the Dominican Republic. Others have family history in South American countries like Guyana. So to opponents of PC, keep saying black, you're supporting political correctness this way.

Those who disagree with PC have a reasonable explanation for doing so, but it's based on misconceptions.

Here's why I'm defending the true idea of PC. It's not an infringement of the First Amendment, and there's nothing wrong with respecting others.

The first amendment guarantees our right to express ourselves freely without the government persecuting us. PC is a voluntary decision, not a mandate. People aren't forced to be politically correct, they're just encouraged to, by average everyday citizens.

The idea that we should stop using words like "retard" to describe people who are in special ed, or "that's so gay" to describe something that isn't cool to us, is from political correctness. What's wrong with that exactly? What is wrong with speaking in a way that doesn't disrespect marginalized groups that deal with certain struggles? I haven't found anything wrong with it, and I certainly have no problem changing a few words in my vocabulary if it means being more respectful to the people around me. It's not pandering. It's not censoring. It's being an adult.

Opponents of PC often ask why do people get more offended nowadays, why can't they just be less sensitive? My question to them is why can't you just show respect?

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10 Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History

These are ten of the most savage attacks on American innocence.

School shootings in America trace back as early as the Settlers and Indians .

Over the years, attacks on schools have gotten progressively more brutal, senseless and deadly. Motives behind such occurrences are often blamed on social cliques and bullying or the perpetrators often suffer from mental illnesses or addiction.

Here are the 10 deadliest school shootings in American history:

10. West Nickel Mines Shooting

On October 2, 2006, milk-tank truck driver Charles Carl Roberts opened fire on a small Amish schoolhouse in Bart Township, Pennsylvania. Prior to going to the school, Roberts left a suicide note at home for his wife and children.

Roberts entered the one-room schoolhouse and ordered all the boys to leave, as well as one pregnant woman and three parents with infants. He ordered the remaining ten girls against the wall and held them hostage.

Sisters Mariah and Barbara Fisher, ages 13 and 11, courageously asked to be shot first in exchange for the lives of the other young girls; some were as young as six years old. Roberts killed Mariah and wounded Barbara. In addition, he shot eight out of the 10 girls, killing five of them.

9. Oikos University Shooting

43-year-old One L. Goh committed Oakland, California's deadliest mass killing on April 2, 2012, at the Korean Christian college Oikos University. Witnesses testify Goh stood up in his nursing class and ordered everyone against the wall at gun point.

One student recalls him yelling, "Get in line..I'm going to kill you all!" before firing. He killed seven people and wounded three others.

8. California State Fullerton Massacre

Custodian Edward Charles Allaway was reported as going "postal" on July 12, 1976 at California State University in Fullerton, California. The 37-year-old employee of the institute had a history of violence and mental illness, and was later diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

He was found insane by the judge of his trial for the murders. He called the police after killing seven people and wounding two others, and turned himself in. His motives behind the mass murder included him believing the university library was screening pornographic movies his wife was forced to appear in.

He is currently receiving medical treatment for his condition at the Patton State Hospital.

7. Red Lake Shootings

The Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota will never quite be the same after events which occurred at the senior high school on March 21, 2005.

16-year-old Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather (a tribal police officer) and his girlfriend. He then robbed his grandfather of police weapons and bullet proof vest, before ultimately driving to Red Lake Senior High School where he killed seven people and wounded five others.

Weise took a total of 10 lives that day, including himself. He committed suicide in a classroom after exchanging fire with police.

Witnesses reported Weise smiled while shooting his victims and questioned multiple students about their faith before firing.

6. Umpqua Community College Shooting

On October 1, 2015, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer committed the deadliest mass shooting in Oregon history. He killed nine people and injured seven others at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

He spared one person in the classroom he opened fire in, only to deliver a message to the police for him. Mercer was described as "hate filled" by those who knew him. In addition, he identified himself as a White Supremacist, anti religious and suffered from long term mental health issues.

Some theories behind the mass shooting were Mercer falling below a C average, putting him at risk for suspension, as well as him not being able to pay the tuition bill due.

He ultimately committed suicide after the attack.

5. Enoch Brown School Massacre

The Enoch Brown School Massacre is one of the first documented school shootings in U.S. history. On July 26, 1794, four Lenape Indians entered a Settler's schoolhouse in Delaware where they massacred school master Enoch Brown and nine children; they were shot and scalped.

Two children survived the attack and four others were kidnapped and taken as prisoners. This event is considered one of the most notorious incidents of the Pontiac War.

4. Columbine High School Massacre

High school seniors Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, may have not committed the deadliest school shooting in the U.S., but their killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado is considered one of the most infamous attacks in history.

It sparked numerous debates, including gun control, anti-depressant drugs and the influence social cliques, violent video games and bullying have on the mental health of high school students.

Harris and Klebold spent countless hours preparing for the events on April 20, 1999, which were documented in their "Basement Tapes." The tapes contained footage of the two boys having target practice with illegally obtained firearms, as well as a suicide message and apology to their parents.

Their ultimate goal was to be responsible for more victims than the Oklahoma City bombing, an event the boys idolized. The morning of the shootings, Harris and Klebold encountered one of their few friends Brooks Brown in the school parking lot.

Brown was one of the few students the shooters considered a friend; they told him to leave campus immediately because "something bad was about to happen."

Reports claim the boys targeted jocks, taunted people for their belief in Christianity and made jokes with each other while they killed their peers. Harris and Klebold took the lives of 13 people and injured 24.

They committed suicide in the library together.

3. UT Tower Shooting

On August 1, 1966, former Marine sharp-shooter Charles Whitman unleashed havoc on the campus of University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

Whitman positioned himself on the observation deck at the very top of the U.T. Tower; it was the perfect place for a sniper to have his pick of targets, considering you could see the entire campus from his vantage point.

He killed 14 people and wounded 31 others. Prior to his attack on campus, Whitman killed his wife and mother.

Post autopsy, it was theorized that Whitman's behavior might have been caused by a tumor found in his brain. Doctors and psychologists attribute the tumor to his impulsive, irrational behavior and his lack of a conscience.

This theory was supported by records of Whitman seeking professional help prior to the shooting for "overwhelming, violent impulses" he felt he couldn't control.

2. Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

20-year-old Adam Peter Lanza is responsible for arguably the most senseless and brutal attack on a school in U.S. history.

On December 14, 2012 Lanza shook the town of Newtown, Connecticut when he attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza killed his mother, before entering the school where he killed 26 people and inured two others; the majority of his victims were children aging from five to 10 years old.

He committed suicide upon completion of the attack. This shooting in particular confused both the media and authorities, because Lanza never offered a motive or reasoning behind the murder of his mother nor the horrendous mass slaying of innocent children.

1. Virginia Tech Massacre

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia came under attack on April 16, 2007. Senior student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 17 more in two attacks – one in a co-ed dormitory, the other in the Engineering, Science and Mechanics building.

He is noted as committing the deadliest attack on a school in U.S. history.

Cho was previously diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder; among the tapes he personally mailed to NBC news, Cho expressed his hatred for the wealthy, compared himself to Jesus Christ and explained that he was forced to commit the mass shooting due to voices in his head.

Virginia Tech has held the number one spot as deadliest school shooting for five years.

Holocaust survivor Liviu Librescu was a professor in the Engineering, Science and Mechanics department at the school, who was famously remembered for using his body as a barricade against the door during the attack; Librescu was killed during the attack but managed to hold the door closed long enough for all of his students to escape out the window.

Cho ultimately committed suicide following the shooting.

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Calling 911 Is Not A Joke In Our Towns

So Get up, Get, Get Ouuuttt

In the past week, there have been numerous stories about the abuse and waste of police resources on nonsensical issues.

The story goes like this. Person A ( White ) sees person(s) (Black) enjoying them self in a non-threatening and overall pleasant manner. Person A calls the police to "whiten" this whole situation up because they feel threatened. Ironically, if I had a dollar for every time I'd call the police because someone with a Confederate flag bumper sticker drove past, I would still have 0 dollars. Partially because I have more sense than to waste someone's time but also I don't have time for their stupidity.

The scenario would be far different if a minority called the police because they saw white people in a park. Using the Oakland woman's logic, it's safe to assume that the group of white people might be a neo-nazi gathering. When the scenario is presented this way, the end logic is that its wrong to discriminate and a bunch of possibilities they would be in a park. Why is it when minorities feel threatened, we're overreacting or paranoid; but when it comes to white people then there is a probable cause to their claims. This is a rhetorical question.

With the incident at Yale, how can you say the other student doesn't belong in her own dorm? Especially when you've seen her one documented other time in that semester. Also as a graduate student at a prestigious university, there is good reason to believe that your ass is tired. My school is like 100 levels below an Ivy League school and there are times I just want to pass out in a dark corner. Its safe to assume that the white student has slept somewhere she "wasn't supposed to" at any point during her schooling.

The world is turning into a storyline of Dear White People and much like the show it can be amusing, frustrating and just sad. But unlike the show, we don't have time to waste on calling the cops for stupid stuff. We're too busy graduating college, becoming professionals and living life the best we can. We do our best to not let your whiteness affect our lives, so don't let my blackness affect yours.

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