Saturday, June 13, 2015

Even the West is going mad. Here are n number of reasons why !

The first para in the Wikipedea page for  Political correctness is as below:
Political correctness (adjectivally, politically correct, commonly abbreviated to PC) is a pejorative term used to condemn language, actions, or policies seen as being excessively calculated to not offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society. The term had only scattered usage prior to the 1990s, usually as an ironic self-description, but entered mainstream usage in the United States when conservative author Dinesh D'Souza used it to condemn what he saw as left-wing efforts to advance multiculturalism through language, affirmative action, opposition to hate speech, and changes to the content of school curriculums. The term came to be commonly used in the United Kingdom around the same period, especially in periodicals such as the Daily Mail, a conservative tabloid that became known for the trope "political correctness gone mad."

I don't know about you, but growing up here in India - political correctness never felt like a pejorative term to me. It was actually seen as the right thing to do most of the time, being politically correct and being diplomatic was all right.

Whatever be the connotation, over time a strange thing has been happening. The demands for political correctness from the left have started increasing day by day that now, even self proclaimed "liberals" are terrified of just speaking. Consider this incredible story in The Vox : I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me. Read it and get terrified of what is happening on campuses in US. And as I keep wondering - how many years before this hits the Indian scene - I give it a max 10 years.

The previous article linked talked about the story of Laura Kipnis and this link here describes the shocking story in detail: The SJW Crusade Against Laura Kipnis . The new super cool left - Social Justice Warriors are running amok and in this instance - their victim was yes - a prominent LEFT Wing Scholar.
It is stunning, and scary as hell, to see how much power aggrieved students have to ruin a professor’s life and career by using federal law to wage culture war against their professors for being insufficiently kowtowing to the sensibilities of these Little Empresses.
And this sort of thing is of course championed and encouraged by the "liberal" bastions of the media. Take this article in that great newspaper The Guardian" What do the politically correct brain police have against venerable man comedians like Jerry Seinfeld? which takes a dig at Seinfeld for his complains about too much PC. Here's a piece in The Spectator on the same issue: If comedians can’t take a politically incorrect joke, who can?. This line from Seinfeld is hilarious:
‘I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, “Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC”’ he said, before launching into a story about the time his 14-year-old daughter accused his wife of being ‘sexist’ for suggesting that she may soon want to start seeing boys. ‘They just want to use these words. That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudice. They don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about.’
Every day, you get some hilarious twister story. Here's a latest one : A civil rights activist who claimed herself to be black was not a black person at all. And now she says she doesn’t give “two s***s” about her parents' remarks which disclosed that she is black. Some money quotes:
"I actually don't like the term African-American. I prefer black”. (Well if you are of Czech origin and pretending to be black - you couldn't say you were African-American could you ? )
“I would say that if I was asked I would definitely say that yes I do consider myself to be black.”
She felt it was more important to “clarify” herself to the “black community,” rather than one that “quite frankly I don’t think really understands the definitions of race and ethnicity.”
As I said before, just a few years before you will lose complete sanity here in India. This was just a preview of the "new age" cool of victim playing that is coming. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

2 comments:

  1. so then rather have political incorrectness at the risk of bigotry?

    i see this as en extension of the FoE debate, where unfortunately its all grey for the most part. In an ideal world - people should be free to have and express their opinions without caring about political correctness. however, things dont exist in isolation - Hence while someone may take an academic, scholarly or even a seemingly unbiased stand on something , there would be an equal number who would take that position owing to their bigotry and biases. how does one tell the difference... I am not sure anybody has the answers.
    However - if one has to err, would one rather err on the side of political correctness, rather than bigotry?

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  2. @Shabeer, Interesting points raised by you as well.

    Of course, societies are divided on whether we should have absolute FoE or lots of restrictions. But those who oppose FoE - should certainly not be given the honour of calling themselves "Liberals". The "Little princesses" on these liberal American campuses and bleeding heart SJWs - are anything but liberal. To me, just like the religious right (of all religions) oppose criticism or mockery of their religion and hence oppose FoE, similarly these folks are opposing FoE because their "beliefs" are being challenged. Societies have to take a call on where do they want to draw the line but essentially these tricks and tools of shutting down debate, satire and so on are just another symptom of intolerance. Bad ideas are best challenged in debates in my opinion and when liberal professors are scared - I think it shows that we have gone beyond all reasonable limits.
    As of on cue, take a look at this story on this "Feminist Hit Squad" at Oxford from Sunday http://www.spectator.co.uk/spectator-life/spectator-life-life/9551602/oxfords-new-feminist-hit-squad/

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