April 9, 2007 10:52am CST
I am beginning to get annoyed with all of the people complaining about the words that others use. I think we spend too much time trying to be politically correct and too many people wear their feelings on their sleeves. Do not get me wrong-I hate true racism, discrimination, etc. It seems as though many people spend all of their time trying to find something to be angry about. I do not see rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight, christian, mulim, athiest..EVERYONE IS MY EQUAL. I despise words of hate to anyone because of circumstances out of their control. I find it disgusting to classify anyone, but just as sick are the people who want to stir up controversy. It seems as though many people can not find humor in themselves or their situations and become angry over the silliest things. Why is this such a big deal?
• United States
9 Apr 07
You know, I agree with you 100%. When it comes to skin, I'm color blind. I'm respectful of people's religions or spiritual choices - I'm secure in my own faith, theirs is none of my business. I don't care who people are sleeping with as long as it's with the consent of both parties and doesn't include minors or animals (ew!). BUT! If I say "black" instead of "African American" or "Indian" instead of "Native American" I don't want to be called a racist. If I say "Bless you" when someone sneezes, I don't want to be lectured about forcing religion on others (yes, this has actually happened to me). We're spending so much time being "politically correct" and tip-toeing around each other we're forgetting how to interact with each other. We're spending so much time avoiding insulting "this particular group" that we're actually offending everyone! If you ask me, the whole "politically correct" movement has done nothing but cause separation and segregation - the very thing it was designed to stop! I remember in my office we didn't even decorate for the holidays - because we had buddhists, jews and christians and the boss at the time didn't want to offend anyone - so we had no festive atmosphere at all. As a result, all staff were complaining because we were the only office on our floor without decoration.
• United States
9 Apr 07
That is exactly what I mean. We can't even celebrate Christmas anymore, if you don't like the name..get out of our holiday. We are teaching our pledge in other languages...Should they not learn it in ours. It has just gone too far. Everyone will not always be pleased with the things that they hear, but they could make an attempt at being tolerant.