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HAT Forum - "Political Correctness"

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Google Dictionary defines “political correctness” as:

“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.”

Do you believe that political correctness is taken to extremes?

Do you believe that political correctness is protective of marginalized groups?

Is political correctness a Canadian virtue or a hindrance to freedom of expression?

You can consider the effects of political correctness on any of the following:

-Racism

-Expression of religion/beliefs

-workplace/social situations

-politics 

In a poll released by the Angus Reid Institute, it was found that two-thirds of Canadians believed political correctness is often taken too far; especially when it comes to the terminology used in daily speech. Even more than this, around three-quarters of Canadians have admitted to withholding a personal thought or opinion; not only for the sake of being mannerly, but also to avert negative criticism.

On the other hand, some argue that political correctness is "the only social and morally acceptable outlook." It's not just an attitude, but a way of life that offers "the satisfaction of knowing that you are undoing the social evils of centuries of oppression."

When we think it but we don’t say it…Who would benefit from this? Who would this damage?