Remember the old phrase: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Well apparently our leaders into today’s society feel that phrase has become a bit outdated. We are supposed to be a free country where we can do and say as we please (within the law) and yet people are now getting in trouble for referring to a person as something he/she believes is not “politically correct”? Political correctness (in my opinion) is a friggin joke. For example: I have a group of friends that is very diverse. One of my friends is black (you may have noticed I referred to those who many would refer to as “African Americans” as “black”). This is in no way to be offensive, but actually more “politically correct” to be honest. My mother’s side of the family, (and the black friend from earlier in the story) are from the Caribbean, (mother’s family from Barbados and friend’s family from Trinidad). They in no way consider themselves “African” and, believe it or not, are more offended that they are “grouped into a phrase that doesn’t accurately describe them rather than one that does. I remember one day I was at a basketball tournament watching my friend play and someone had asked me which one my friend was. I responded “he is the short black guy with the green shoes” and the lady behind me says (in a rather condescending voice), “you mean African-American?” I then responded “no actually he is from Trinidad, but I’m sure he appreciates you stereotyping the fact that he is black means he is from Africa.” Needless to say, my buddy came up to me after the game and I told him and he was actually happy that I spoke up and said that. So, with all do respect to this political correctness crap, if I am called “white” on particular forms, then I do not see the issue with referring to someone who has darker skin as “black” rather than assuming they are “African”. Why not call me European American, Asian American, Australian American? etc.
Also, I found this video, it is pretty funny. Bill O’Reilly takes on Silverman (head of American Athiests). Would love to hear what you guys think on this?