Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Definition of terms: an education problem

Politically Correct is a relatively new term, and is defined as:
“Agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people

Rudeness is defined as: “the quality or state of being rude or a rude action”

Jerk is defined as: “a contemptibly obnoxious person”

In this diverse country, political correctness was and is necessary to deal with the various racial and discriminatory common practices that used to happen before the civil rights era. The name calling, the jokes, the cartoon caricatures, sexism, etc, etc.

What the country is experiencing is not political incorrectness, it is experiencing rudeness and politicians acting like jerks; especially too each other.

There was a time when “Robert’s Rules of Order” was used in debates, when courtesy and civility were paramount. Politicians could and would disagree vehemently (sometimes violently as in duels), but there were still rules. It took great skill and thought to come up with one-liners and zingers that stung but could still be heard by children. I used to watch the debates as a kid, but decades later I do not allow my children to watch the debates because it is a bad example of adult behavior.

Please stop telling us you are tired of political correctness because what you really mean is that it is okay to be extremely rude and a jerk.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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