Angry Black Woman has an excellent piece on “political correctness”. In Defense of Political Correctness explores the attitudes behind disparaging PC-ness and why we shouldn’t accept them.
My guess is that, since I have never been clear on what exactly â€œPolitically Correctâ€ is and have never fought for my particular PC label, I have not properly cemented the concept in my mind. Therefore, my opinion of it is easily, if not sneakily, swayed. I wasnâ€™t paying enough attention. When I sat down and thought about how I really felt about Political Correctness, I decided that it really is a good thing. A thing worth fighting for. Itâ€™s not negative, itâ€™s not a curse word, and itâ€™s not about suppressing free speech or policing anyoneâ€™s thoughts.
I think itâ€™s time that people started defending Political Correctness. Articulating what it is, what it isnâ€™t, and why itâ€™s still important. Political Correctness is about language and the power language has. Iâ€™m a writer. I believe â€” no, I know â€” that language is a powerful weapon. Changing language is one of the key ways to change society for the better. Language is one of the key ways in which people in power maintain the status quo. Changing language, by itself, wonâ€™t solve the worldâ€™s problems. No one thing will. But there are always key factors. Language is one.
Go read the whole thing.