Some people seem to think that "political correctness" is a problem in this country.  After all, even after three centuries of Native American genocide (Cherokee Nation v. State of Georgia), African American slavery (Dred Scott v. Sandford), segregation (Plessy v. Ferguson, but see Brown v Board of Education), immigrant exclusion based on race and nationality (Chae Chan Ping v. United States), internment camps (Korematsu v. United States), police coercion (Miranda v. Arizona), and discrimination in jobs (McDonnell Douglas v. Green); housing (Shelley v. Kraemer), public accommodations (Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States);  personal relationships (Bowers v. Hardwick), and even marriage (Loving v. Virginia, Obergefell v. Hodges), why should all these people be so damned sensitive?

We have real problems in this country, including unemployment, debt, income inequality, racism, war, homelessness, poverty, crime, addiction, global warming, and lack of education. "Political correctness," a.k.a. common decency and respect for people who are mostly not as privileged as the hypersensitive, overprivileged white Anglo-Saxon Protestant population of this country, is not one of them.

 

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