Political Correctness

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Political Correctnessby adminon.Political CorrectnessPolitical Correctness Those people who are demanding that Victory Day should be abolished in Rodhe Island miss the point of the holiday. Political correctness and a desire to not offend anyone take away from the sacrifices of a generation of Americans who fought and sacrificed their lives for the survival of this nation.   As […]
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Political Correctness

Those people who are demanding that Victory Day should be abolished in Rodhe Island miss the point of the holiday. Political correctness and a desire to not offend anyone take away from the sacrifices of a generation of Americans who fought and sacrificed their lives for the survival of this nation.

 

As Rhode Island communities prepared to celebrate Victory Day on August 14 in recognition of the allied triumph over the Japanese Empire during World War II, “concerned” citizens opposed to the holiday began lobbing criticisms at event organizers around the state. Rhode Island, which is the only state that still celebrates Victory Day, or V-J Day as it is sometimes called, suddenly found itself at the center of the politically incorrect universe.

 

Critics of the holiday charge that it is discriminatory and want to remove all references to Japan and the Japanese people.

The Associated Press quoted former Rhode Island State Representative George Lima as saying, “This is a stigma against the Japanese whom we do business with and are allies.” Mr. Lima, who was responsible for a failed attempt to get rid of the holiday while serving in the state legislature during the 1980s, is a perfect example of the many out-of-touch-with-reality individuals who are so concerned they might offend someone else that they often miss the real motivation behind whatever it is they are opposing.

 

Responding to critics clamoring for political correctness and sensitivity, Rhode Island lawmakers made several attempts to either get rid of the holiday or, in the absence of its elimination, at least change its name. Each time the tremendous opposition of the state’s citizens caused them to abandon their efforts. Three separate legislative bills introduced during the 1990s by State Senator Rhoda Perry attempted to change the title of the holiday to Rhode Island Veterans Day. “It was absolutely a no-winner,” Perry was quoted as saying. “I did not have support, period.”

 

In the true spirit of political correctness, though, the Rhode Island General Assembly did pass a resolution designed to ease some of the concerns of those critical of the holiday. The resolution, which was approved in 1990, declared that Victory Day was not a celebration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or of the death and destruction caused by President Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons. Bowing to the demands of the touchy-feely, can’t-we-all-get-along crowd, the members of the General Assembly managed to change the focus of the debate on the holiday.

 

Proponents of the celebrations argue that Victory Day is necessary so that Rhode Islanders, and all Americans, can remember the sacrifices made during the Second World War. Not surprisingly, veterans groups are among the most ardent supporters of the holiday. They, unlike the main stream politically correct crowd, understand why Rhode Islanders are steadfast in their commitment to celebrate V-J Day.



 

Critics like George Lima and Rhoda Perry, who want to abolish the holiday or even change its name, have lost focus on why the holiday even exists. Here’s a reminder. In a surprise attack on December 7, 1941, over 300 airplanes from the Japanese Navy bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, resulting in over 3,500 dead and wounded sailors, soldiers, and marines and over 100 dead and wounded civilians.

 

That attack propelled the United States into a brutal war against Japan in the Pacific, a war in which our military was forced to conduct an island-hopping campaign against entrenched Japanese soldiers determined to fight to the death. Fighting in the Pacific theater resulted in some of the bloodiest battles of a war that cost us over 300,000 killed and almost 700,000 more wounded.

 

The celebration of Victory Day in Rhode Island is not about the Japanese people. It is about the generation of Americans who sacrificed so much in a terrible global war that threatened the very existence of our country. It is about honoring them for what they did, and not about offending our Japanese business partners and allies.

 

In a country where handicapped is often replaced with handi-capable, and where Happy Holidays gets substituted for Merry Christmas, it is imperative that we not let the idea of being politically correct cause us to lose focus on what is important to us as Americans. For now, at least, the people of Rhode Island are standing their ground and serving as a shining example of political incorrectness to the rest of the nation.

 

Greg Reeson is a frequent contributor to The Land of the Free and Associated Content. His columns have appeared in several online and print publications, including The New Media Journal, The Veteran’s Voice, The American Daily, GOPUSA and Opinion Editorials.com.

 

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13 Responses

  1. Danelle CentolaJune 20, 2014 at 4:28 am

    The Christmas Day underwear bomber was “singing like a canary” until he was treated as an ordinary criminal and advised of his right to silence.

    The chance to secure crucial information about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen was lost because the Obama administration decided to charge and prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, critics say. He is said to have reduced his co-operation with FBI interrogators on the advice of his government-appointed defence counsel.

    Is this due to political correctness and is it putting America at risk?

  2. Nathan DelavegaJune 15, 2014 at 5:46 am

    This is a general discussion as i recently found out that in school children are no longer able to sing “baa baa black sheep” and judges are no longer able to say words like postman or oriental.

    What words do you think would cause an offence in the way they represent people from various groups, and why should these words be avoided, what word do you feel should be used instead??

  3. Irena SelkirkMay 13, 2014 at 5:19 am

    bah bah rainbow sheep – bah bah black sheep
    chalk board – black board
    mind map – brain storm
    bald – hair disadvantaged
    body odor – nondiscretionary fragrance
    retarded – mentally challenged
    janitor – environmental hygienist

    The Top Politically inCorrect Words and Phrases for 2005:

    1. Misguided Criminals for Terrorist: The BBC attempts to strip away all emotion by using what it considers neutral descriptions when describing those who carried out the bombings in the London Tubes. The rub: the professed intent of these misguided criminals was to kill, without warning, as many innocents as possible (which is the common definition for the term, terrorist).

    2. Intrinsic Aptitude (or lack thereof) was a suggestion by Lawrence Summers, the president of Harvard, on why women might be underrepresented in engineering and science. He was nearly fired for his speculation.

    3. Thought Shower or Word Shower substituting for brainstorm so as not to offend those with brain disorders such as epilepsy.

    4. Scum or “la racaille” for French citizens of Moslem and North African descent inhabiting the projects ringing French Cities. France’s Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, used this label to describe the young rioters (and by extension all the inhabitants of the Cites).

    5. Out of the Mainstream when used to describe the ideology of any political opponent: At one time slavery was in the mainstream, thinking the sun orbited the earth was in the mainstream, having your blood sucked out by leeches was in the mainstream. What’s so great about being in the mainstream?

    6. Deferred Success as a euphemism for the word fail. The Professional Association of Teachers in the UK considered a proposal to replace any notion of failure with deferred success in order to bolster students self-esteem.

    7. Womyn for Women to distance the word from man. This in spite of the fact that the term man in the original Indo-European is gender neutral (as have been its successors for some 5,000 years).

    8. C.E. for A.D.: Is the current year A.D. 2005 or 2005 C.E.? There is a movement to strip A.D. (Latin for Year of our Lord) from the year designation used in the West since the 5th century and replace it with the supposedly more neutral Common Era (though the zero reference year for the beginning of the Common Era remains the year of Christs birth).

    9. “God Rest Ye Merry Persons” for “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”: A Christmas, eh, Holiday, carol with 500 years of history is not enough to sway the Anglican Church at Cardiff Cathedral (Wales) from changing the original lyrics.

    10. Banning the word Mate: the Department of Parliamentary Services in Canberra issued a general warning to its security staff banning the use of the word ‘mate’ in any dealings they might have with both members of the Parliament and the public. What next? banning Down Under so as not to offend those living in the Up Over.

    Holiday Bonus: Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings for Christmas (which in some UK schools now label Wintervale. (In the word X-Mas, the Greek letter ‘Chi’ represented by the Roman X actually stands for the first two letters of the name Christ.)

    WHY ?????
    not answers
    discussion points please :)

  4. Frieda PersechinoMay 12, 2014 at 1:48 am

    I have to do a speech for my communication class about a concept/idea, something abstract. I wanted your guys’ opinions about if political correctness is a an abstract concept, or something you do?

  5. Marna HartleApril 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    1. The first Black President

    2. The first latino on the Supreme court

    These are the things the media celebrates. Is political correctness overshadowing the need for compotence in government?
    Political correctness has become a substitute for thinking and solving problems. It is destructive!
    In the case of Obama, we are not to question his competence, his birth or his socialism-we must celebrate his historical racial role in American politics. Absurd!
    Chris Matthews gets a thrill not because of Obama’s achievements, but because of the triumph of political correctness!

  6. Gaylord StolcalsFebruary 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

    For example i think its wrong if you an african american males and he is dress really nice talks educated and you see him and you think he is going to rape you. Or you see a Latino and you think he is an illegal despite him knowing english well. But i don’t see nothing wrong assuming a black guy is a thugh if he is walking down the street with a hood on and looking around every girl he sees. Or a latino man in home depot waiting for work and he is dress like a bum.
    I don’t see nothing wrong with that. As a Latino im sick and tired of this PC i don’t need no one fighting my battles for me if i get hired at a job it should be because im a good worker and not because im Latino that goes vice versa. If you say you don’t like Latinos i am not going to force you to like me. Just don’t taunt me and go by my house calling me a beaner. Just don’t have the cops harrasing me for no reason. But other than that i think racism is fought when you explain yourself why you hate that particular group not by silencing them. Maybe they just need to be heard and after talking maybe they can change the mind.
    I been studying the civil rights movement in the U.S for years. I have black neighbors that live in the south in those times. And i analyze it and realize ignorance causes racism.

  7. Thomasine CastagnierJanuary 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I am writing a paper on the subject and need a pro-political correctness argument. Since I am not exactly a proponent of the topic, I need someone to give me something. I would look online via Google, but I would prefer real people, or at least more real than those who wrote the articles I would surely find. In your responses, please be descriptive in your pro-political correctness argument and make sure it could withstand a formidable barrage of well-articulated points.

  8. Shiela BluelDecember 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    For my government and economy class I need an example of political correctness involving race. So i was wondering if anybody could provide me with an example

  9. Clemente IadarolaNovember 19, 2013 at 5:51 am

    According to my linguistics class, political correctness refers to a powerful political movement located on university campuses and in ‘alternative’ political or cultural movements?

    Please only serious answers.
    This is part of my essay to ask other people for their thoughts about Political Correctness Speak.

    Thank you.

  10. Kenton AccursoNovember 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Political correctness is becoming the new religion. Think about it. If you don’t think our way you’re wrong. Same as religion use to be a long time ago.
    Do you think political correctness has gotten out of hand?

  11. Enedina DacpanoJuly 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    What is the final result of being politically correct? Does it make it more difficult to have an open discussion about real problems or do the problems just magically disappear with political correctness?

  12. Angie DeischJuly 12, 2013 at 1:48 am

    There was slavery in ALL of the Americas, but political correctness only exists here in the US. Why?
    As a black woman, I call myself black. Other blacks I know call themselves black too. I don’t know anybody who calls themselves African American.
    Hispanic people don’t waste their time with PCness. They don’t have a word in Spanish for “african american”. A negroe is a negroe in those countries.

  13. Donn KlarrJune 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

    History is not taught exactly the way historical events unfolded.

    In many instances, chapters of history are suppressed or hidden because of political correctness.

    I wonder what our leader have to hide.
    @ Nemesis

    Thousands of apologies for the typos and grammatical errors.

    I did not mean to offend. I was just careless.

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