Is political correctness a useful concept, or does it stifle honest discussion?
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Being politically correct helps keep things from becoming hateful and ugly. Sometimes a discussion can hit below the belt and the discussion can become mired in hurtful words and it serves no useful purpose then. Keeping to politically correct terminology can help keep everything on an even keel.
But sometimes being politically correct can stifle the conversation. Sometimes The gloves need to come off and the words need to be unrestrained. The dialogue needs to free and unencumbered. Not hateful, but honest and free flowing. Without the fear of being labeled being politically incorrect. Just an open, free discussion of the pertinent facts and opinions of the situations.
Open and honest discussions are useful in an open and free society. They help people to air their opinions and for ideas to flow in the society. Discussions should not be stifled. Ideas must circulate. Therefore, there should not be restrictions on speech. People should be free to express their opinions without fear of being called politically incorrect, but they should do so without hateful speech. Just open and honest opinions and facts. Open and honest discussion.
Political correctness has its place, but it should not inhibit free speech.