I don't know
Technically, it would take government intervention to ban or punish speech for there to be a freedom of speech infringement, not simply social pressure. Polilitical correctness DOES however violate the spirit of free speech and open dialog. I use to think Americans were sophisticated enough to tolerate any open dialog and then also have the maturity the talk our our differences. I was wrong.
Once we have political correctness on the social level, there's a slippery slope to that being enforced with punity in corporate America as well as government. It's actually normal at this point for people who have 'public' vocations to be expected to lose their jobs if they ever violate the rules of political correctness. This applies to speech made on the job as well as shockingly speech made that had nothing to do with their job. And don't blame this on liberism; conservatives are just as guilty. The only difference is what they consider politically correct. Shirley Sherrod, David Letterman and Rahm Emanuel were all targeted by CONSERVATIVES to lose thir jobs over speech.
Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
Political correctness aside:
- blacks need to shut up about slavery and racism
- gays need to get back in the closet
- feminists need to shut up and let the females be "ladies"
- illegals need to get tossed out and suspended 5 years from applying for entry
"With me everything turns into mathematics."
"It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well."
"It is truth very certain that, when it is not in one's power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is more probable." -- Rene Descartes
And although you say conservatives are just as guilty, I would say, no you are mistaken. When conservative point to someone who should lose their job over an issue they are just maintaining the same standards at which liberals hold conservatives. With the exception of Shirley Sherrod no one got fired, (Shirley resigned, but should not have had to). But, look at what happens to conservatives. Rush Limbaugh got fired from ESPN. Don Imus got fired from his show, and Ann Coulter got booted from one of her jobs as well because of political correctness.
Political correctness rears its ugly head on a daily basis and in every facet of life, and no government needed to pass any laws.
Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
about slavery...maybe, but do you think we have attained a truly post racist society? I really dont. I dont think gays should have to live their live secretely and dishonestly. Ladies should be able to deicide how they are, and we created the illegal immigrant mess, tossing them after allowing them to create a life here and stay for years and years is not exactly a civilized answer to a group that have contributed so much to our society.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
How bout some examples? I teach in a couple of colleges, I am not aware of any opinion I am not allowed to have. I have never heard of a co worked being sent to sensitivity training. A small group of malcontents? Remember those town hall meetings? In the second paragragh that sounds a lot like the They do it too defense often heard in 3rd grade. Rush Limbaugh hurt their ratings, I beleive that was a buisness decision. Imus was so far out of line I can't even think of a defense for his statement. Ann Coulter is offensive to anyone not of the far far right, again a buisness decision.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
Don't know about the US, but my impression about Germany is that "political correctness" is a discoursive weapon term used by far-right chauvinists to counter the justified moral outrage triggered by their chauvinistic statements.
If you want to say something racist i.e., you'll usually earn emotional disagreement from the majority, so you better say it's "political correctness" that somehow delegitimizes this disagreement. It's almost as good as godwining the debate.
"Not learning from mistakes is worse than committing mistakes. When you don't allow yourself to make mistakes, it is hard to be tolerant of others and it does not allow even God to be merciful."