I happen to be of the opinion that political correctness has gone too darn far in the U.S. and is actually infringing on our Constitutional right to free speech.
I do understand that getting offended by every little nit-picking issue gives the PC police something to do with what must be their otherwise exceedingly dull lives. But in the infamous (at least to me) words of Mad Max of The Big Show with Johnboy and Billy fame, please mind your own dang business and “stop ruinin’ my life!”
Really. I’m serious. Can we please stop worrying about the names of sports teams, just admit that men and women really are from Mars and Venus respectively, consider that allowing the General Lee to make a lap around the track before a NASCAR race is NOT racist, and agree that believing in God does not automatically mean that you hate atheists and homosexuals?
The latest bit of absurdity that’s getting the knickers of the PC police in a wad is Ole Miss, the nickname of the University of Mississippi. Apparently “a ‘very small percentage’. . . [believe it]. . . associates the school with ‘negative race issues.’”
That negative race issue would be that Ole Miss was at one time a nickname for a slave owner’s wife. I know. Crazy, right?
My main objection to all this politically correct nonsense, besides its infringement on our first amendment right, is that it actually breeds discrimination and intolerance, rather than eliminates it.
Case in point:
“A noose was hung around the neck of a statue of a famous civil rights figure at the University of Mississippi.
“Alcohol and racial slurs were hurled at a black student as she walked near the campus.” (see CNN’s article Ole Miss racial incidents have many feeling uneasy)
Why would someone do such hateful things, you might ask. Because they’re friggin’ fed up with all this political correctness nonsense!!
The University of Mississippi itself conducted a national study last year to ascertain people’s opinions of their longstanding nickname. And guess what they learned?
- The majority of respondents aren’t bothered at all by the nickname.
- Most in fact prefer it.
- Ole Miss is actually beloved by most current students and alumni.
- And surprise of all surprises, only “a very small percentage” consider the name Ole Miss racist.
I think we can all agree that there will always be people who thrive on getting offended and who actually seem to enjoy the feeling of having their proverbial panties in a twisted up bunch. (Though why in the world they would is beyond me.)
But if you ask me, if anyone had the right to take offence at the title of Ole Miss it was the wives of slave owners. We all know how women feel about being referred to as old.
Where are the PC police on that issue?