Hi all,

I am throwing this question out there:  “Are we an “ISM” America?”   Meaning are we just a country of labels, political correctness, and double standards?

I think yes.  Look at is this way, for example, during the US 2008 elections, the claim was made that if you did not approve of President Obama then you are a “racists” because of his “minority” skin color (minority skin color being defined as being other than white/caucasian).  Another example, is with then Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton.  You were a “sexist” if you did not approve of her policies because she is a women (male being the majority).  You can apply the same logic, with Senator John McCain because he is old and you would be per say an “ageist”.  This shows that we are a country of labels, in the sense, that even if you any kind of negativity towards a group, especially a minority group, then you are labeled as something.  Even if it is just perception and nothing else.

PLEASE NOTE:  ANYONE CAN HAVE SOME SORT OF “-ISM” OR “ANTI-” SENTIMENT ATTACHED TO THEM.  THE THING IS THAT WE LABEL AND JUDGE OTHERS BASED ON ANY VARIABLES RANGING FROM LOOKS TO SPEECH TO PRECEPTION AND ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

In a sense, this leads to a sense of political correctness (or at least in America anyway).  The thing of it is that political correctness, is that you have to do and say things that are “not offensive” to everyone, make everyone happy, and make sure everything is positive.  But the problem is that there is (arguably s0) that it is IMPOSSIBLE to do or say something that is or perceived as “not offensive”, happy or positive.  In other words, someone, at one point or another, will take offense at what you say, even if you mean the best or you meant the right or good thing.  Being politically correct, I feel does not benefit anyone because there will be no such thing as not offending anyone.  For example, you CANNOT call someone “Black” but you CAN call someone “white”?  So, its offensive that a woman be objectified but its ok for a man to objectified as a sexual being?  Now there is some truth to such arguments, because women are objectified in American culture.  But I feel that political correctness is just sweeping the issues under the rug.  It is like masking the issue, while the issues are still below the surface.  Nothing is solved but just glazed over and given a “prettier face”.

I feel that you have to demystify the issues and uncover the problems and make the politics taking a back seat, we can better find the social issues and tensions in our country that we love so dearly.  We can actually resolve the issues, learn and grow from them and move on and stop living in the past.  Because we are all human beneath it all, and we have to learn to tolerate and accept each other for our similarities and differences.

Steve

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