Americans are tired of political correctness
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Political correctness is a movement that seeks to refrain from language that is deemed offensive or marginalizing to a particular group of people. The proper politically correct terminology is perpetually evolving, with offensive and respectful language often being almost identical. For example, the most dignifying way to refer to someone non-white is “person of color,” while a wildly offensive term for that same individual is “colored person."
Additionally, politically incorrect language is often inaccurate in description; people who illegally cross the border are not called “illegal aliens,” but are instead referred to as “undocumented immigrants.” Because politically correct language is constantly changing and is often inaccurate in description, the majority of Americans are rejecting the movement.
Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on government at Harvard, details a recent study that shows Americans view PC culture in a negative way. The study was written by More in Common; it is based on a nationally representative poll of 8,000 respondents, 30 one-hour interviews, and six focus groups. Research was conducted from December 2017 to September 2018. Results show that a full 80 percent of Americans believe that political correctness is a problem.
97 percent of committed conservatives think political correctness is a problem. Among liberals, 61 percent do. The only group strongly backing political correctness is progressives, where only 30 percent view it negatively.
Opposition to politically correct language is actually highest among minorities. 82 percent of Asians view it as a problem. 87 percent of Hispanics dislike it. And a staggering 88 percent of Native Americans hold antipathy for it.
Opinions vary based on income and education level as well: 83 percent of people earning less than $50,000 dislike political correctness, while just 70 percent of those earning over $100,000 are suspicious of it. 87 percent who did not attend college view it as a problem, while only 66 percent of people with postgraduate degrees share this opinion.
Even among young people, the movement is unpalatable. 74 percent of people between 24 and 29 are uncomfortable with it. Of those under 24, 79 percent are opposed to it.
Disdain for the effects of political correctness on the culture run across the board, but are especially high among minorities. Ironically, the only group of people actually pushing for political correctness are well-educated, upper class, white, progressive Americans. People are more likely to oppose political correctness the less-educated, less-white, and poorer they are.
Essentially, the political correctness movement is comprised of educated rich white people getting outraged on behalf of minority groups who are themselves not offended. I’m sure this will come as a surprise to many on campus. In the university bubble, the notion of political correctness is almost unanimously accepted; challenging this norm is often seen as inflammatory and controversial.
In the context of American society, however, those still supportive of the movement belong to a small minority. The evidence is clear that a strong majority of Americans are tired of political correctness.