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Fine Line in Political Correctness

Fine Line in Political Correctness

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Published by dave magee
Challenging the relevancy of Politically Correct behavior
Challenging the relevancy of Politically Correct behavior

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Fine Line in Political Correctness
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by dave magee © 2013 all rights reserved including images.
 
 
A Fine Line in Political Correctness by dave magee 1 I was at the store picking up a few things. I had just finished collecting my bagged items and turned for a speedy departure in route back home. A woman walked ahead of me carrying two bags of groceries and a handful of helium infused balloons for a special
someone’s birthday. There were seven or eight balloons flapping around three
 feet above her head. One of the balloons straggled behind the other floating zeppelins, all tethered to a string as the lady walked out of the doorway of the store. Suddenly the door began to close. The one straggling balloon remained aimlessly floating inside the store while the other balloons were fluttering in the wind. The solo balloon got caught by the closed door and the momentum of the woman walking assured that the one balloon would soon be set free, and in fact, it was. Before I could react, the helium balloon defied gravity and quickly ascended to the top of the ten foot ceiling in the store. The woman came back into the store quickly and a little miffed about the situation. She looked up at the freed balloon, cussed and looked at me as if I should have done something to prevent this from happening. My initial reaction was one of empathy. I truly felt bad for her, but there really was nothing I could have done. I responded to her predicament with the first innocent
thought that came to mind, “I
would have jumped for it, but I ca
n’t jump that high.”
 
“Oh, and I suppose you think I can jump that high, huh? Is that right?” she
spoke as a series of rhetorical questions. The sarcastic side of my personality wanted to provide a retort due to the wome
n’s
attitude and defensive tone
. However, the “politically correct Dave” knows better, and I
really just wanted to go to my car and carry on with the day. The matter was not worth quibbling over a nearly worthless helium balloon as far as I was concerned. Now, I have purposely postponed stating the obvious. The woman carrying the balloons is African American. Our current culture has determined that it is politically incorrect for me to refer to her as a
black woman
unless I was a black person myself. Ironically, this is just another tangent to the title of this short story, in spite of the fact that society has determined that it is perfectly acceptable for other people to refer to me as a
“white
 guy
”.
There is a fine line in political correctness and I believe this woman
’s
 heightened sensitivity represents the absolute ignorance of this topic. By no means did I intend to imply that she could jump higher than me simply based on the color of her skin. I was simply stating fact that even if I had been able to react fast enough, I would not have been able to jump high enough to stop the upward mobility of the helium infused balloon that separated itself from the pack.
This woman made a “thought provoking” assumption from
;
“Shit, I lost one balloon” to “You racist son of a bitch.” simply
 because I made a statement that could be perceived as
 
A Fine Line in Political Correctness by dave magee 2
“politically incorrect”. Given the set of circumstance
 of this ridiculous encounter, this
woman’s reaction
was completely juvenile and ignorant.
I’m sorry folks,
but the fact remains; many people in the United States and even around the world are a little too sensitive to all this politically correct crap and much of that can be
attributed to the heightened exposure of the media “creating news” rather than reporting
on it. I try to live my life based on a set of norms, which my wonderful parents had me aspire to while growing up in the Chicago suburbs. Maybe first and foremost was being respectful of individuals regardless of gender, race, religion, national origin and even political views (the very derivative of the title of this perspective) represent topics that society is slowly recognizing worldwide. Human rights are taking center stage with the near real-time access to information around the globe. This access is broadening at an accelerated adoption rate as communication and technology, access to information and connectivity to the web expand to third world countries and remote landscapes beyond all borders. However, t
he line between “politically correct” and “ridiculous” is increasingly blurred
with the more attention it gets in this newly connected world. Some social platforms are worthy and deserve an international perspective. Women in Saudi Arabia are challenging the right to drive an automobile and their platform is set in the capital of Riyadh. Women of Saudi Arabia have found an audience on the Internet, and nearly ever foreign press outlets including the regional Al Jazeera have reported on their progressive stance. Gay men and women are earning the rights entitled to them under the defini
tion of “marriage”
 state by state. America has led the passage of social change and
has defended its’ justice since 1776, and never before have the citizens of the United
States been more sensitive to honoring the integrity of all people. Even the Nationa
l Football League is being challenged to evaluate the name of some of its’
professional teams. The Washington Redskins have taken the stage and are considering
renaming its’
 fabled franchise from the Redskins, a name it has sustained since 1932. Although the platform to change the name may be relevant today, I have yet to see CNN actually interview a single Native American, and preferably the interview should expand to a representative sample of Native Americans in order to determine if the hypothesis that
Native American’s are offended by
in the use of the
name “Redskin”
 is an accurate hypothesis. Since after all, the Native American population should be the only relevant opinion allowed in this debate. It must be easier for CNN and other media outlets to assume the probable (i.e. speculate) based on an infinitesimally small amount of empirical data and therefore, publish a story to stimulate public forums, drive advertising and in essence,
“create news” rather than report
on it. However, I get it. The media is a business, and their business depends on the number of readers, viewers and even participants viewing Internet coverage including Tweeting,
Posts, and Facebook “Likes” in order to sell advertising.
Referencing the basics in
“Advertising 101”
 and furthering this concept, a simple question comes to mind: What is the best way to attract potential customers to advertise on your media forum? The answer can be found in the age-old adage; it is much easier to catch a bee with honey. In other

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