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By: Kirsten West Savali, Your Black World
“Politically correct” is a term that gets tossed around with more frequency than a groupie at a Hip-Hop after party.
No? That wasn’t funny?
Well someone, somewhere, thinks it’s hilarious—and true—, and therein lies the crux of the controversy surrounding political correctness.
Let’s be clear: Politically incorrect is not synonymous with being wrong; on the contrary, it is synonymous with speaking, acting or creating with raw, unfiltered subjective truth —to hell with what anyone has to say about it.
In our current socio-political zeitgeist, people are fiercely fighting for their right to individuality, while simultaneously cultivating the stance that equality is a basic liberty that each sub-group has the authority to define based on nothing more than what their personal desires reflect. This means that feminists have the authority to castigate men for lack of chivalry, while insisting that they don’t need them for anything but sperm donations. It also means that Black people have the authority to scream racism at the slightest hint of discriminatory intent by other ethnicities, while shaking a tail feather to music that features the word “nigga” at the end of every other sentence like it’s a formal punctuation. That’s right: period; question mark; exclamation point; nigga. That’s just how we roll.