Does political correctness harm society?

Politically correct refers to the avoidance or censorship of words, actions, and policies that could offend disadvantaged groups. In modern discussions, the word is loaded, with commentators divided concerning its influence. Many people use this term disparagingly, and see it as a reflection of our culture's hypersensitivity. Others argue that political correctness reflects respect for diversity. Does political correctness disrupt honest public discourse, or show concern for the marginalized?

Yes, political correctness harms society

Our society's focus on political correctness cultivates social discord, not progress.

Politically correct speech is a superficial solution to problems with inequality and discrimination

Although advocates of political correctness claim it helps the disadvantaged, speech alone does not rectify inequality. Focus on political correctness has taken attention away from the actions that do help resolve inequality and discrimination.

Political correctness strains relationships

In a culture that requires politically correct speech, it is more difficult to foster relationships with peace of mind.

Political correctness stifles and goes against the principle of free speech

In a society that condemns political incorrectness, people cannot speak honestly without fear of being "canceled." This stifles free speech because people choose to stay silent rather than speaking their opinions.

Political correctness is a new form of prejudice

Our society's emphasis on political correctness reflects prejudice toward individuals with controversial opinions.

No, political correctness doesn't harm society

Political correctness protects the marginalized and ensures that cultural influences do not breed hatred and bigotry.

Political correctness protects people with disadvantages

Political correctness prevents people from sharing and promoting hate speech. This works in the best interest of vulnerable people such as minorities, those with disabilities, etc.

Language is formative

If we view disparaging speech about disadvantaged people as socially acceptable, we will cultivate disparaging sentiments toward this community, because language influences the way we think.

Politically correct standards encourage proper use of free speech

If a society has standards of political correctness, its inhabitants can use their free speech properly and considerately without hurting others. Lack of concern for speech can become an oppressive tool used to further discriminate against minority groups.

People characterize political correctness as a derogatory term to silence others

If a person claims that their speech faces backlash because it breaks the status quo, they can deflect criticism of it.
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