Trump’s win and liberal political correctness

I am careful to say “liberal political correctness” as much of political correctness is of the right wing variety. The more benign examples people losing their minds over athletes taking a knee during the national anthem or people upset over people saying “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas. The more serious cases involve denial of climate change or denial of the theory of evolution, and the falsification of history by school boards.

I don’t expect right wing political correctness to improve under a President Trump; in fact, the signs are very troubling.

But liberal political correctness is what we hear about most often in the media. No, it isn’t as widespread as the conservative variety, and frankly, it isn’t, as yet, as damaging.

But it is there and it is annoying and often cited as a factor to explain Trump’s victory. Examples of this excessive political correctness includes “trigger warnings“, the denial of statistics that do not easily fit a narrative among other things.

From my own personal interactions, I’ve seen the following:

1. In the case where a black guy who stole a car ended up being killed by police, statements such as “he would not have been in this situation to begin with had he not stolen a car” were met with cries of “you’re racist”.

2. Safety tip suggestions to female college students to reduce the risk of rape were met with cries that these suggestions, made by student services professionals, were examples of “victim blaming”.

3. Statements that things like an ACT mathematics score is correlated with success in, say, calculus, were called “racist”.

4. Claims that females in “gang showers” (communal showers) might not be comfortable showering with someone with male genitalia (a “trans woman”) were met that these fears were mere bigotry.

5. Trump’s statement that, gasp, some women indeed marry for money was treated as an example of misogyny (see 8 and 17. I also note that Trump has called women “fat and ugly”, but people say similar things about, say, Chris Christie.

And I think that, in general, people are tired of all the finger wagging and being told what they should find disqualifying. People don’t like others trying to tell them which political rallies they are allowed to go to.

Yes, I think that Trump was a horrible pick; in my opinion he lacks the temperament, deportment, and the skill set of be even an adequate president. But some of the criticism is over the top (this is an interesting read, though I disagree with aspects of this post.

So, will Trump’s election make any of the above better? Some seem to think so; some see this as the death knell of “identity politics”.

Personally, I’d like to see some reason come back. I think that there are logical, reasonable ways to discuss women’s safety, to condemn sexual assault, to condemn unfair treatment of minorities by police and to be reasonable about “transgender rights” while protecting the rights of all involved.

The political issues; that is another matter for another post, soon to come.


November 22, 2016 - Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, social/political | , ,

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