I’ve been thinking of the best way to answer this question because although I know inherently political correctness is wrong, I’ve never really explained why before.
The best and simplest way I can explain why is because it is a way to suppress one of your fundamental rights as US citizen. Here’s why:
• You have the right to free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
• You do not have the right to not be offended by someone under any law.
Political correctness is a form of shaming people for expressing their right to freedom of speech if it happens to offend people. For example, because some people find the term “indian” offensive to describe the indigenous people of America, therefore we must all conform to their PC chosen name of “Native American.” This speech police sentiment has become so ingrained in our society, that it has become second nature. I even refer to these PC terms like “African American” or “illegal immigrant” without even thinking about it. The fact is, these terms are really just fabricated by small pocket groups and forced upon society as an unwritten rule.
The term “black” is not offensive; just as the term “white” is not offensive. They’re just adjectives describing the color of someone’s skin. There are plenty of black Americans that actually find the term “African American” offensive because they were not born in Africa…they were born in America. I totally agree with that sentiment. Even Native Americans weren’t necessarily “native” to America either. So, this game of trying to step on your toes around certain labels is quite silly and only works to compartmentalize certain groups of people. The best example is our President, Barack Obama. Is he really African American? Technically his father was Kenyan and his mother was of English, German, Swiss, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh decent. So what does that make Barack Obama who was born in Hawaii? About he’s just an American. This is exactly what Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting for.
Finally, some words are offensive obviously, but does that mean that we should ban them as hate language? No. The First Amendment grants you the right to say whatever stupid, backwards, ignorant thing you want to. That includes using offensive terms if you were so inclined to stupidly use them. Political correctness is trying to become a filter on the First Amendment to take away your rights in trade to spare the emotional feelings of a handful of people. But you do not have the right to not be offended by someone. Society already conforms to this by naturally eliminating offensive terms from their lexicon. Do not let these pocket factions dictate what words you use.