I hear it constantly.
"I can't even breathe without someone saying I'm politically incorrect!"
"Oh! SORRY! I didn't know you were transgender now, I can't keep up."
"Millennials are so sensitive these days, you can't say anything without them crying."
While I completely understand that not all of us grew up with special consideration towards others, I have to wonder, is it really that difficult to shift your language in order to enable respect and inclusion? Is it going to kill you to say he instead of she if that is someone's wishes? Will your day be ruined if you can no longer say the n-word to whoever you please? I really do not think so.
The young adults of today have put pressure on society to--basically--watch our mouths. In response, they have been labeled the "snowflake generation", which implies they'll crumble at the sight of anything slightly offensive. While some people may be looking for any opportunity to start an argument or prove everyone wrong, I firmly believe the majority of whistleblowers realize that a huge cultural shift needed to take place.
The segregation era only ended about 5 decades ago.
Woman have only been allowed to vote for 10 decades.
LGBT couples could only start marrying each other 3.5 years ago.
Minorities on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, and ethnicity are still very vulnerable to American culture and that cannot be undermined by a simple passing off of "Well, you have rights now don't you?"
Sure, some of the hardest battles have been fought, but language plays a big part in how these lesser represented individuals are viewed through a societal lens.
It is no longer okay to dismiss the fact that long oppressed demographics do not want to be referred to as the vial names society gave them.
If someone wants to be called they rather than she, African American instead of black, gay instead of faggot, please respect that. You may not agree with the lifestyle choices someone has made, but it is a very small change in your life that makes all the difference in the world to someone else. Enough of the snowflake generation and the cry baby culture, let's start admiring those who make an effort to be inclusive and respectful. We have no problem calling someone by a nickname, so why is it so hard for some people to make the shift to more considerate terms?
So please, while it is still 2019, stop looking ignorant and honor everyone's right to be called what they wish to be called.