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Political correctness (adjective: politically correct, both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term that has been variously defined. In a narrow sense, it is used to describe language, ideas, policies, or behavior seen as seeking to minimize claimed offense to specially protected groups, in particular ethnic minority groups. Conversely, the term politically incorrect is used to refer to language or ideas that these groups are claimed to find offensive.

In a more general, sense political correctness may refer to the predominant view promoted by the mainstream media.

Definitions

Wikipedia narrowly defines political correctness as “an attitude or policy of being careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who are believed to have a disadvantage.” This definition can be seen as problematic since it is, for example, relatively politically correct to offend disadvantaged, poor white people (“White trash”) and it is definitively not politically correct to mention or criticize Jewish influence.

Conservapedia broadly defines politically correct as “restrictions on what we can say and how we say it have been imposed by leftists to restrict debate and silence opposition”. Such restrictions are argued to apply to many other topics than human group differences. This definition can also be seen as problematic since, for example, various groups of leftists have different views and many have too little power to be able to enforce restrictions.

A better definition may be that political correctness is the predominant view promoted by the mainstream media. This view may not be the view held by people in general and it may not be the scientifically correct view. But it is usually not politically advisable to deviate greatly from the mainstream media view.

Unequal political correctness

Political correctness typically has an anti-White bias, since it is relatively more politically correct to be offensive against Whites than to be offensive against non-Whites. Similar distinctions apply to heterosexuals/homosexuals, Christians/non-Christians, men/women, etc.

Microaggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces

Politically correctness has arguably recently increased, with increasing hypersensitiveness and increasing demands for censorship of not politically correct views. This has created a new terminology.

Microaggressions - small remarks perceived by the victims to be objectionable.

Trigger warnings - brief indicators alerting the viewer or listener of that what follows may “trigger” unpleasant memories.

Safe spaces - are places censoring any perceived threatening ideas or comments.

Hate Facts - uncomfortable truths that violate social taboo labeled “hate” by those unwilling to address the presented claims.

Possible causes of increasing and increasingly leftist political correctness

IQ and political correctness

Charlton wrote in 2009 that “In previous editorials I have written about the absent-minded and socially-inept 'nutty professor' stereotype in science, and the phenomenon of 'psychological neoteny' whereby intelligent modern people (including scientists) decline to grow-up and instead remain in a state of perpetual novelty-seeking adolescence. These can be seen as specific examples of the general phenomenon of 'clever sillies' whereby intelligent people with high levels of technical ability are seen (by the majority of the rest of the population) as having foolish ideas and behaviours outside the realm of their professional expertise. In short, it has often been observed that high IQ types are lacking in 'common sense'–and especially when it comes to dealing with other human beings. General intelligence is not just a cognitive ability; it is also a cognitive disposition. So, the greater cognitive abilities of higher IQ tend also to be accompanied by a distinctive high IQ personality type including the trait of 'Openness to experience', 'enlightened' or progressive left-wing political values, and atheism.<ref name=cs/>

Drawing on the ideas of Kanazawa, my suggested explanation for this association between intelligence and personality is that an increasing relative level of IQ brings with it a tendency differentially to over-use general intelligence in problem-solving, and to over-ride those instinctive and spontaneous forms of evolved behaviour which could be termed common sense. Preferential use of abstract analysis is often useful when dealing with the many evolutionary novelties to be found in modernizing societies; but is not usually useful for dealing with social and psychological problems for which humans have evolved 'domain-specific' adaptive behaviours. And since evolved common sense usually produces the right answers in the social domain; this implies that, when it comes to solving social problems, the most intelligent people are more likely than those of average intelligence to have novel but silly ideas, and therefore to believe and behave maladaptively.<ref name=cs/>

I further suggest that this random silliness of the most intelligent people may be amplified to generate systematic wrongness when intellectuals are in addition 'advertising' their own high intelligence in the evolutionarily novel context of a modern IQ meritocracy. The cognitively-stratified context of communicating almost-exclusively with others of similar intelligence, generates opinions and behaviours among the highest IQ people which are not just lacking in common sense but perversely wrong. Hence the phenomenon of 'political correctness' (PC); whereby false and foolish ideas have come to dominate, and moralistically be enforced upon, the ruling elites of whole nations.”<ref name=cs>Charlton BG (2009) Clever sillies: why high IQ people tend to be deficient in common sense.] Med Hypotheses 73 (6):867-70. DOI:10.1016/j.mehy.2009.08.016 http://pubmed.gov/19733444 http://medicalhypotheses.blogspot.nl/2009/11/clever-sillies-why-high-iq-lack-common.html</ref>

This has been criticized: “Michael Woodley critiques Bruce Charlton's hypothesis that “clever-sillies” use their high IQs and openness to experience to construct social and political views that are farther from the truth than views generated be common sense and social intelligence. According to Woodley: 1) smart people are not necessarily less socially intelligent; 2) smart people might tend to be politically correct only in cultures where liberalism is the dominant view; 3) high-IQ individuals who score high on conscientiousness (and conformity) will adopt PC views in a liberal environment and conservative views in a conservative environment; 4) traditional cultures value dominance, while the modern West values counter-dominance (or egalitarianism); and 5) adopting politically correct views is a way to signal to others that you are altruistic and support egalitarianism, which is then rewarded with enhanced social status and greater access to resources.”<ref>A critique of Charlton's “clever sillies”. http://inductivist.blogspot.nl/2010/11/critique-of-charltons-clever-sillies.html</ref><ref>Michael A. Woodley. Intelligence, Vol. 38, No. 5. (05 September 2010), pp. 471-480, doi:10.1016/j.intell.2010.06.002 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016028961000053X</ref>

Other possible reasons for highly educated individuals (associated with high IQ) having a tendency to be politically correct include increased exposure to political correct indoctrination in the educational system, highly educated individuals having a distorted perception of groups such as immigrants by mainly having personal contacts with immigrants who also are highly educated, and highly educated individuals being better at concealing less politically correct views.

See also Racism: IQ and "prejudice"

Political correctness and language

One example of political correctness is changing the language itself. For example, “Negro” was perceived as stereotypically offensive and changed to “Black” and increasingly to “African-American”.

If there are in fact some truths in such previous offensive stereotypes, then such new terms may also become negatively associated.

Political correctness and news

Crimes by non-Whites are often censored by the mainstream media. See the articles Race and crime and Hate crime.

Coloring the News has been well received in conservative circles as a brave book that lays bare the liberal prejudices and deceptions of the media. […] big media companies have had open hiring quotas. Many papers enrolled only non-whites in their intern programs, and on recruiting trips to journalism schools the New York Times would sometimes interview only minorities. In 1991, Times editor Max Frankel admitted he hired one non-white for every white, and would hesitate to fire an incompetent black woman. In 1992, publisher Arthur Sulzberger said diversity was “the single most important issue” for the paper. At Time-Warner magazines and the Gannett newspapers, bonuses for executives depended on how diligently they hired and promoted protected classes. […] Many newspapers made sure that coverage was diverse, too, with USA Today famously decreeing every day there had to be a photo of a non-white on the front page, above the fold. Many papers also rated reporters on their sources, marking them down if they quoted too many white men. At the Los Angeles Times, there is a Latino Team that meets every day to ensure Hispanics get the coverage they deserve. At many papers, says Mr. McGowan, there is a vice president for diversity who makes sure the right people are hired and the news has the right tint. […] “Many younger journalists,” explains Mr. McGowan, “particularly members of minorities, see objectivity as a reflection of ‘white’ cultural values.” Managers and editors apparently see nothing wrong with this. They gladly send writers off to associations of black, Hispanic, or homosexual journalists, where there is open plotting about how to slant the news.”<ref>All the News That Fits https://www.amren.com/news/2018/07/media-bias-coloring-the-news-william-mcgowan/</ref>

Political correctness and entertainment media

Engineers and computer experts, for example, are often women in entertainment media, despite this being uncommon in real life.

Regarding race, Affirmative action policies and other changes have increased the prevalence of non-Whites in professional and technical occupations, but the politically correct entertainment media has a tendency to, for example, portray engineers as Blacks instead of East Asians.

Depictions of crime is one the most politically correct areas, with Whites grossly over-represented as criminals compared to actual crime statistics. See also Race and crime.

Holocaust fictional descriptions, such as Schindler's List, and Hollywood Nazism are other very politically correct areas.

Science fiction and related areas often contains various politically correct messages. See, for example, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Comic book.

See also Homosexuality: Media Propaganda.

Changes "within the form"

Aristotle stated that “People do not easily change, but love their own ancient customs; and it is by small degrees only that one thing takes the place of another; so that the ancient laws will remain, while the power will be in the hands of those who have brought about a revolution in the state.” Thus, in Antiquity, if change was desired by the rulers, then the outward forms of the ancient laws were often retained while the meanings were changed and/or modifying laws added.

Today there is much less reluctance to completely replace old laws and words with new laws and words (as noted above), but the tactic of attempting to change the meaning of, for example, old words is also used. One example is attempts to change the meaning of race from a biological (genetic) concept to a mere social construct.

Another example is Garet Garrett who used the expression “revolution within the form” and criticized an argued change of meaning of the U.S. Constitution from a document that restricted government power over the individual, to one that endorsed and legitimated such power.<ref>The Revolution Was. http://mises.org/library/republic-becomes-empire</ref>

See also

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Politically correct restrictions on what we can say and how we say it have been imposed by leftists to restrict debate and silence opposition.<ref>The Obama File: Political Correctness</ref>

It “is the communal tyranny that erupted in the 1980s. It was a spontaneous declaration that particular ideas, expressions and behavior, which were then legal, should be forbidden by law, and people who transgressed should be punished. (see Newspeak) It started with a few voices but grew in popularity until it became unwritten and written law within the community. With those who were publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object of persecution by the mob, if not prosecution by the state. -Philip Atkinson <ref>Atkinson; "The Origin and Nature of Political Correctness"</ref>

The modern politically correct movement began at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is one of the most liberal colleges in the United States. Political correctness is a liberal degrading of the freedom of speech. George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four famously incorporated the notion of limiting thought through language (see Newspeak). Words or actions that violate political correctness are called politically incorrect.

At American universities, liberals began imposing political correctness to prevent recognition of differences among gender, religion, belief system, sexual orientation and nationality. In the 1960s, feminists began to demand that the neutral pronouns he, him and his be replaced with expressions like “he or she”, “him or her”, “them”, etc, even though the last one is actually grammatically incorrect. They argued that no one would be able to understand that the masculine gender included the feminine gender in neutral contexts. But this was just part of their campaign to redefine the social roles traditionally associated with masculinity and femininity.

In science, political correctness punishes anyone who criticizes liberal dogma about global warming, the theory of evolution, or the theory of relativity.

Political correctness or P.C. also means the alteration of one's choice of words in order to avoid either offending a group of people or reinforcing a stereotype considered to be disadvantageous to the group. More specifically, groups which (or whose putative leaders or other activists) claim some status as systemically oppressed or discriminated against will periodically attempt to change the terms by which they are referred to and demand that society as a whole change its usage of words as well.

Examples

An example of political correctness is the changing terminology used to described handicapped people. In the past the term “crippled” was perfectly acceptable and not considered offensive. At some point, Americans like Senate Republican leader Bob Dole decided “crippled” was degrading and the preferred term changed to “handicapped.” This, too, was eventually deemed offensive and “disabled” became the preferred term. Today, even “disabled” is considered degrading to some and “differently abled” and “physically challenged” are used by those people. The same can be said for the changing uses of terms for Black Americans: “Negro” and “colored,” once perfectly acceptable terms, became offensive during the 1970s and “Afro-American” and “Black” came into use, which in turn gave way to “African-American”, and in broader usage, “people of color.” One perceived problem with “Negro” is that many persons, especially Southerners, seemed to have trouble pronouncing it, enunciating it as “nigra.”

The question of politically correct language has spilled over from the use of racially descriptive words and affected the use of traditional language. In 1999, an aide to the mayor of Washington DC described a budget decision as “niggardly” (a word meaning “stingy,” unrelated to the racial slur). The aide immediately came under criticism and was forced to resign even though he had not said anything racially charged. However, his name was cleared within a matter of days and was offered to return to his previous position. <ref>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/williams/williams020499.htm</ref>

As well as language, political correctness discourages the use of racial or stereotypes in fiction out of concern that these stereotypes may become self-perpetuating. For example, frequently seeing the image black gang-members decked out in gold chains, carrying guns and listening to rap may pressure young black people into seeing this lifestyle as the more 'acceptable' choice for their racial group. The common image of female-dominated occupations (nurses, secretaries, care workers, etc) and of male-dominated occupations (IT workers, military, machinery operators, mechanics, etc.) can discourage individuals of either gender from considering those occupations traditionally belonging to the other. Additionally films like “The Siege” and “True Lies” have been criticized by pro-Islamic groups as having Muslims portrayed as terrorists, despite the fact that most current terrorists are in fact radical extremist Muslims. Thus, political correctness becomes the consideration of all public statements and media for their unintentional social impact.

Political correctness can even affect terminology that's viewed by secularists as too “pro-religion” or an alleged “violation of the separation of church and state” in the United States. The best example of this is the active promotion of the use of C.E. and B.C.E. as the abbreviations used after dates (instead of the commonly and traditionally used A.D. and B.C.). Additionally, atheists as school administrators or government union workers at liberal schools use political correctness as a means for renaming terms they view as too pro-religious. For example, a Seattle student at a local elementary school volunteered to do a project as part of a community-service effort that she was doing through her school, supplying plastic eggs filled with jellybeans, called “Easter eggs.” The student had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy to give to her classmates, but she was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after learning earlier in the week about “their abstract behavior rules.”<ref>http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=459668</ref> After asking the teacher for permission, the student reportedly explained, “She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs.”<ref>http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/04/mystery_seattle_student_claims.php</ref><ref>http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/04/easter_eggs_reportedly_renamed.html</ref>

Differing Opinions

Demands for politically correct language usage are rooted in the notion widely promoted among left-wing academics and sociologists that Western culture promotes systemic oppression against some groups by marginalizing them and excluding them from the “norm”; the groups thus supposedly systemically marginalized are referred to as “the Other” by these left-wing academics. The implication is that these groups are systemically excluded from the mainstream. “Colored people” is therefore deemed offensive because the order of words puts “colored” first, emphasizing their difference from the mainstream, while “people of color” is acceptable because putting the term “people” first emphasizes that they are people and thus does not emphasize their difference from the “norm”.

Some people allege that instead of encouraging supposedly marginalized groups to integrate with and assimilate into the mainstream of Western culture, political correctness ironically encourages them to emphasize and indeed to wallow in their marginalization from society, and to make a public display of such. This is known as identity politics. According to this view, gays and lesbians are therefore encouraged to label themselves as “queer” and make public displays of “queerness” calculated to disturb the sensibilities of mainstream people, rather than integrate into the mainstream themselves; Black Americans are encouraged to adopt Afrocentrism and convert to Islam or to conform to stereotypical black behavior, etc.

The Language Police

Conservative constitutional scholar Robert Bork has charged that the educational system is a battleground where the future of America is being undermined and ill-served. He has counseled against the troubles which will ensue as a result of anti-religious policies in the schools, permissive attitudes toward homosexuality and abortion, as well as welfare policies that have destroyed families since Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. <ref> Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. by Robert Bork published by Harper Collins © 1997</ref>

In her book “The Language Police”, Diane Ravitch documents just how easy it is to get a word, phrase or idea banned from modern textbooks and references. Ravitch asserts that textbook producers are beholden to small non-elected educational boards in a few key states such as New York, California and Texas and that few citizens know anything about these boards or who holds the seats of power on these boards. It's not difficult for an interest group to mobilize a campaign to bombard the educational board. Meanwhile, the public is not even aware that their words or values are under attack from this corrupt system, while many elected Conservatives have rallied against this policy.

Presently, however, this may not be the case. In 2010, a group of conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education pushed the state to adopt educational standards that emphasized the role Christianity played in America's founding. Those educational standards also sought to counteract political correctness by removing parts of the curriculum that espoused political correctness and contradicted conservative values. As one of the largest states in the Union, Texas represents one of the largest markets for textbook publishers. <ref>http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/magazine/14texbooks-t.html</ref>

Once a big state makes a textbook purchase, it's very difficult for a small state or any municipality to make any changes. Thus, profound changes can be inserted into textbooks and reference books by putting pressure on a handful of educational administrators. The work of textbook selection committees is sometimes done privately, to avoid politicizing textbooks, but the reverse has happened. <ref>The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Children Learn by Diane Ravitch © 2003 published by Knopf</ref> Ravitch has documented ”bias guidelines“ for major publishers of texts and tests. These “guidelines” consist of advice to writers and editors about words and topics that must be avoided.<ref>http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110003695</ref>

Many blacks with Caribbean heritage (such as those from Jamaica or Haiti) have criticized the term “African-American” since they do not actually have African heritage. Additionally, in 2009, Paulo Serodio, a white male who was born in Mozambique, Africa was harassed and ultimately suspended from a New Jersey medical school for saying he was a “white African-American”. Serodio, who initially did not use any politically correct name to describe himself, only used the term when forced to classify himself as either “Caucasian”, “African-American”, or one of several other options. <ref>http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=7567291&page=1 ABC News: “White-African American” Suing NJ Med School</ref>

Furthermore, even in Canada, which is more liberal than the United States, blacks are not referred to as “African-Canadian”. Instead, they are either called “black” or (depending on their heritage) “African” or “Caribbean”. This shows that America's political correctness has now gone further to the left than Canada's.

Totalitarianism and Political Correctness

The comprehensive and detailed control of all ideas, beliefs, and statements is one of the most problematic features of totalitarian regimes.://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-3816(196002)22%3A1%3C68%3ATIAP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-W Political correctness can trace its origins back to the world of 1920's Germany, where Communist academics sought to impose their Marxist views on students.

It is now acceptable in many Universities to have courses on gender studies, homosexual studies and African American studies, which, in fact, encourage the mainstream public to become different to avoid criticism.

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Political correctness (adjective: politically correct, both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term that has been variously defined. In a narrow sense, it is used to describe language, ideas, policies, or behavior seen as seeking to minimize claimed offense to specially protected groups, in particular ethnic minority groups. Conversely, the term politically incorrect is used to refer to language or ideas that these groups are claimed to find offensive.

In a more general, sense political correctness may refer to the predominant view promoted by the mainstream media.

Definitions

Wikipedia narrowly defines political correctness as ”an attitude or policy of being careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who are believed to have a disadvantage.“ This definition can be seen as problematic since it is, for example, relatively politically correct to offend disadvantaged, poor white people (“White trash”) and it is definitively not politically correct to mention or criticize Jewish influence.

Conservapedia broadly defines politically correct as ”restrictions on what we can say and how we say it have been imposed by leftists to restrict debate and silence opposition“. Such restrictions are argued to apply to many other topics than human group differences. This definition can also be seen as problematic since, for example, various groups of leftists have different views and many have too little power to be able to enforce restrictions.

A better definition may be that political correctness is the predominant view promoted by the mainstream media. This view may not be the view held by people in general and it may not be the scientifically correct view. But it is usually not politically advisable to deviate greatly from the mainstream media view.

Unequal political correctness

Political correctness typically has an anti-White bias, since it is relatively more politically correct to be offensive against Whites than to be offensive against non-Whites. Similar distinctions apply to heterosexuals/homosexuals, Christians/non-Christians, men/women, etc.

Microaggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces

Politically correctness has arguably recently increased, with increasing hypersensitiveness and increasing demands for censorship of not politically correct views. This has created a new terminology.

Microaggressions - small remarks perceived by the victims to be objectionable.

Trigger warnings - brief indicators alerting the viewer or listener of that what follows may “trigger” unpleasant memories.

Safe spaces - are places censoring any perceived threatening ideas or comments.

Hate Facts - uncomfortable truths that violate social taboo labeled “hate” by those unwilling to address the presented claims.

Possible causes of increasing and increasingly leftist political correctness

IQ and political correctness

Charlton wrote in 2009 that ”In previous editorials I have written about the absent-minded and socially-inept 'nutty professor' stereotype in science, and the phenomenon of 'psychological neoteny' whereby intelligent modern people (including scientists) decline to grow-up and instead remain in a state of perpetual novelty-seeking adolescence. These can be seen as specific examples of the general phenomenon of 'clever sillies' whereby intelligent people with high levels of technical ability are seen (by the majority of the rest of the population) as having foolish ideas and behaviours outside the realm of their professional expertise. In short, it has often been observed that high IQ types are lacking in 'common sense'–and especially when it comes to dealing with other human beings. General intelligence is not just a cognitive ability; it is also a cognitive disposition. So, the greater cognitive abilities of higher IQ tend also to be accompanied by a distinctive high IQ personality type including the trait of 'Openness to experience', 'enlightened' or progressive left-wing political values, and atheism.<ref name=cs/>

Drawing on the ideas of Kanazawa, my suggested explanation for this association between intelligence and personality is that an increasing relative level of IQ brings with it a tendency differentially to over-use general intelligence in problem-solving, and to over-ride those instinctive and spontaneous forms of evolved behaviour which could be termed common sense. Preferential use of abstract analysis is often useful when dealing with the many evolutionary novelties to be found in modernizing societies; but is not usually useful for dealing with social and psychological problems for which humans have evolved 'domain-specific' adaptive behaviours. And since evolved common sense usually produces the right answers in the social domain; this implies that, when it comes to solving social problems, the most intelligent people are more likely than those of average intelligence to have novel but silly ideas, and therefore to believe and behave maladaptively.<ref name=cs/>

I further suggest that this random silliness of the most intelligent people may be amplified to generate systematic wrongness when intellectuals are in addition 'advertising' their own high intelligence in the evolutionarily novel context of a modern IQ meritocracy. The cognitively-stratified context of communicating almost-exclusively with others of similar intelligence, generates opinions and behaviours among the highest IQ people which are not just lacking in common sense but perversely wrong. Hence the phenomenon of 'political correctness' (PC); whereby false and foolish ideas have come to dominate, and moralistically be enforced upon, the ruling elites of whole nations.“<ref name=cs>Charlton BG (2009) Clever sillies: why high IQ people tend to be deficient in common sense.] Med Hypotheses 73 (6):867-70. DOI:10.1016/j.mehy.2009.08.016 http://pubmed.gov/19733444 http://medicalhypotheses.blogspot.nl/2009/11/clever-sillies-why-high-iq-lack-common.html</ref>

This has been criticized: ”Michael Woodley critiques Bruce Charlton's hypothesis that “clever-sillies” use their high IQs and openness to experience to construct social and political views that are farther from the truth than views generated be common sense and social intelligence. According to Woodley: 1) smart people are not necessarily less socially intelligent; 2) smart people might tend to be politically correct only in cultures where liberalism is the dominant view; 3) high-IQ individuals who score high on conscientiousness (and conformity) will adopt PC views in a liberal environment and conservative views in a conservative environment; 4) traditional cultures value dominance, while the modern West values counter-dominance (or egalitarianism); and 5) adopting politically correct views is a way to signal to others that you are altruistic and support egalitarianism, which is then rewarded with enhanced social status and greater access to resources.“<ref>A critique of Charlton's “clever sillies”. http://inductivist.blogspot.nl/2010/11/critique-of-charltons-clever-sillies.html</ref><ref>Michael A. Woodley. Intelligence, Vol. 38, No. 5. (05 September 2010), pp. 471-480, doi:10.1016/j.intell.2010.06.002 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016028961000053X</ref>

Other possible reasons for highly educated individuals (associated with high IQ) having a tendency to be politically correct include increased exposure to political correct indoctrination in the educational system, highly educated individuals having a distorted perception of groups such as immigrants by mainly having personal contacts with immigrants who also are highly educated, and highly educated individuals being better at concealing less politically correct views.

See also Racism: IQ and "prejudice"

Political correctness and language

One example of political correctness is changing the language itself. For example, “Negro” was perceived as stereotypically offensive and changed to “Black” and increasingly to “African-American”.

If there are in fact some truths in such previous offensive stereotypes, then such new terms may also become negatively associated.

Political correctness and news

Crimes by non-Whites are often censored by the mainstream media. See the articles Race and crime and Hate crime.

Coloring the News has been well received in conservative circles as a brave book that lays bare the liberal prejudices and deceptions of the media. […] big media companies have had open hiring quotas. Many papers enrolled only non-whites in their intern programs, and on recruiting trips to journalism schools the New York Times would sometimes interview only minorities. In 1991, Times editor Max Frankel admitted he hired one non-white for every white, and would hesitate to fire an incompetent black woman. In 1992, publisher Arthur Sulzberger said diversity was “the single most important issue” for the paper. At Time-Warner magazines and the Gannett newspapers, bonuses for executives depended on how diligently they hired and promoted protected classes. […] Many newspapers made sure that coverage was diverse, too, with USA Today famously decreeing every day there had to be a photo of a non-white on the front page, above the fold. Many papers also rated reporters on their sources, marking them down if they quoted too many white men. At the Los Angeles Times, there is a Latino Team that meets every day to ensure Hispanics get the coverage they deserve. At many papers, says Mr. McGowan, there is a vice president for diversity who makes sure the right people are hired and the news has the right tint. […] “Many younger journalists,” explains Mr. McGowan, “particularly members of minorities, see objectivity as a reflection of ‘white’ cultural values.” Managers and editors apparently see nothing wrong with this. They gladly send writers off to associations of black, Hispanic, or homosexual journalists, where there is open plotting about how to slant the news.“<ref>All the News That Fits https://www.amren.com/news/2018/07/media-bias-coloring-the-news-william-mcgowan/</ref>

Political correctness and entertainment media

Engineers and computer experts, for example, are often women in entertainment media, despite this being uncommon in real life.

Regarding race, Affirmative action policies and other changes have increased the prevalence of non-Whites in professional and technical occupations, but the politically correct entertainment media has a tendency to, for example, portray engineers as Blacks instead of East Asians.

Depictions of crime is one the most politically correct areas, with Whites grossly over-represented as criminals compared to actual crime statistics. See also Race and crime.

Holocaust fictional descriptions, such as Schindler's List, and Hollywood Nazism are other very politically correct areas.

Science fiction and related areas often contains various politically correct messages. See, for example, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Comic book.

See also Homosexuality: Media Propaganda.

Changes "within the form"

Aristotle stated that ”People do not easily change, but love their own ancient customs; and it is by small degrees only that one thing takes the place of another; so that the ancient laws will remain, while the power will be in the hands of those who have brought about a revolution in the state.“ Thus, in Antiquity, if change was desired by the rulers, then the outward forms of the ancient laws were often retained while the meanings were changed and/or modifying laws added.

Today there is much less reluctance to completely replace old laws and words with new laws and words (as noted above), but the tactic of attempting to change the meaning of, for example, old words is also used. One example is attempts to change the meaning of race from a biological (genetic) concept to a mere social construct.

Another example is Garet Garrett who used the expression ”revolution within the form“ and criticized an argued change of meaning of the U.S. Constitution from a document that restricted government power over the individual, to one that endorsed and legitimated such power.<ref>The Revolution Was. http://mises.org/library/republic-becomes-empire</ref>

See also

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