In an article dripping with condescension, a precious Millennial Snowflake writing for Inc. Magazine is given the space to lecture the bigoted “older generation” on why Millennials — being smarter, more worldly, and more woke than their dottering elders — embrace political correctness.
The purpose of political correctness is to treat all people with the love and respect they deserve. This means calling people by the pronouns they use, and avoiding words and phrases that stereotype and demonize entire groups of people. You can still possess whatever ideology you follow and you can still share your opinion, you’re just being asked to do so in a way that is not hurtful to others.
OK, let’s game this out.
Millennial Snowflake: “We’re not censoring your speech, we’re just politely requesting that you use sensitive language.”
Me: “So, I’m still allowed to express any opinion I want as long as I use the PC words.”
MS: “Exactly, now you’re getting it, old man.”
Me: “Can I say that I think mass immigation from underdeveloped countries is bad for our economy and social cohesion.”
MS: “Oh, no. That’s problematic because it’s insensitive and demonizes immigrants.”
Me: “What if I say that being Transgendered is a mental illness that should be handled through therapy.”
MS: “No, that’s problematic because it otherizes the transgendered and encourages violence.”
Me: “Can I say that obesity causes health problems?”
MS. “No. Problematic. Body-Shaming.”
Me: “Can I say that our public welfare systems are fiscally unsustainable and socially irresponsible?”
MS: “No. Problematic. Poor-bashing.”
Me: “Well… what if I say it’s okay to engage in violence against those I deem racist because it’s okay to punch a Nazi.”
MS: “Sure, you can say that.”
Me: “But isn’t that advocating violence?”
MS: “No, silly older person, it’s just words.”