The Liberal masters of Politically Correct speech always have their ears attuned to what is being said in the world around them. They wait and listen, hoping to catch whatever bit of un-PC conversation they can in order to show their superiority to those around them.
Recent conservative fill-in host on the View and biological “white guy” Will Cain of the Blaze tried to help the ladies of the View understand the dangers of this fascist PC culture.
Cain and the rest of the panel end up arguing about language and whether or not it’s a good idea to shut down language we don’t like. In the middle of their debate on the issue Goldberg inadvertently proves Cain’s ultimate point – that we can’t pick and choose what offensive speech gets shut down, because all speech could be offensive to someone somewhere. Just notice what she says about 2:30 in.
Will Cain: “I think it’s part of this whole trend we have. We elevate words to the most harmful thing in society. How dare you say something that could offend somebody How dare you say something that hurts my feelings? Why have we gone to this place where words are the worst thing?”
Whoopi Goldberg: “Let me tell you why… the people who have been on the other side of it, I think are at the point where they’re saying, this is not okay anymore.”
Will Cain: “We’ll all be out of business, we’ll all stop talking. Everybody’s offended all the time, from the Fighting Irish to the Redskins. Everyone’s offended.”
Whoopi Goldberg: “That is spoken like a true white guy – and I don’t mean that in a bad way…”
Notice that last line (which comes around 2:30)? That was pretty offensive – even if Goldberg didn’t mean it in a “bad way.” Maybe we should censor her speech?
Whoopi (and liberals in general) are treading on some very dangerous ground in their attempts to shut down offensive speech. Her overall point is not wrong – offensive speech hurts and it is generally more hurtful for minority groups than it is for majority groups. But the liberal response to the problem is actually worse than the problem of offensive speech itself.
For example, let’s rewind time to the Civil Rights movement and efforts by majority white segregationists in the South who argued that the speech of the Civil Rights leaders and marchers was disruptive and offensive. They worked hard to shut down the free speech of the Civil Rights movement, and if they’d succeeded the world would be a worse place today.
The point is not equate Civil Rights speech to modern offensive speech. The point is not that the speech of the Civil Rights movement was offensive at all. The point is that all speech should be protected, because by protecting ALL speech we ensure that no speech can ever be shut down arbitrarily – especially pure and important speech.
If we allow offensive speech to be shut down now – we may be opening the door to shutting down the speech of the “next” Civil Rights movement. (By that I mean whatever the important and necessary speech of the next generation is.)
Offensive speech sucks. Groups like the KKK, the Nation of Islam, Neo-Nazi’s, Westboro Church and others are gross. I hate the things that they say and I hate how their speech hurts others. But I don’t think we should censor them. It sets a bad precedent that could be used against good and important speech later.
Think ahead folks. Take a long view and don’t be short-sighted. Political Correctness may be the nail in freedom’s coffin if we aren’t careful.
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