Background of Political Correctness

No matter which way you flip a coin and it doesn’t matter which side the coin lands on, if one flipped a dollar coin, that coin will forever be a dollar coin. It may not always be worth a dollar in value, however, as a coin it will always be a dollar. Funny thing about language in that way – as we humans continue to stigmatize language.

How does humankind stigmatize language? The best attempt we’ve ever seen has to do with the notion that language isn’t always constant. Furthermore, we believe that there is a big, huge problem with this notion in practice. Most of academia will state that even dictionaries are after-the-fact insofar as the time it takes to put a dictionary together and published, then they argue that too much time has gone by for the words to mean the same prior to the publication of the dictionary.

This summation is awkward at best; yet, when one figures that only two or three words are added each year there would have to be far more taken out for academia’s notion to be remotely correct.

By the end of the 1960s upwards of the late 1970s the New Left, a term associated with activists, educators, and agitators either on the college campuses and involved with Hippie-Dom and others who sought to implement a broad range of reforms, in contrast to earlier leftist or Marxist movements that had taken a more ‘vanguardian’ approach to social justice and focused mostly on labor unionization and questions of social class had adopted the term political correctness.

In the essay The Black Woman, Toni Cade Bambara says: “. . . a man cannot be politically correct and a [male] chauvinist too”. The New Left later re-appropriated the term political correctness as satirical self-criticism; per Debra Shultz: “Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the New Left, feminists, and progressives . . . used their term politically correct ironically, as a guard against their own orthodoxy in social change efforts.” Moreover, Ellen Willis says: “… in the early ’80s, when feminists used the term political correctness, it was used to refer sarcastically to the anti-pornography movement’s efforts to define a ‘feminist sexuality.’ ”

Some conservative critics claim that political correctness is a Marxist undermining of Western values. William S. Lind and Patrick Buchanan have characterized PC as a technique originated by the Frankfurt School, through what Buchanan describes as “Marxism”. In The Death of the West, Buchanan says: “Political Correctness is Cultural Marxism, a regime to punish dissent and to stigmatize social heresy as the Inquisition punished religious heresy. Its trademark is intolerance.”

Yes, there will be many, many more examples rendered as to why the “elitists” feel the need to alter or otherwise dismantle language. Before we go for now we’d like to establish that, the dollar coin doesn’t change – it is the way people manipulate language that stigmatizes that coin (For further reading click here).

(References and sources cited in the preparation of this article are by request, thank you.)

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