What is correct?

Lucy White is a member of the NAAWP, the National Association for the Advancement of White People, who attends Wasp University, a prestigious all white college. For pleasure, Lucy watches WET and reads the daily White Press. She also enjoys reading a storybook collection written by solely white authors which is compiled to empower the white folk. The majority of Americans would coin Lucy as being a racist and close-minded, but why? The NAACP, BET, the Black Press, and all black colleges do exist, why isn’t the inverse true?

In today’s society there is the unspoken rule of being politically correct. The majority, which is white people, cannot over power the minority, which is ethnic groups like African, Latin, Arab, and various European Americans. However, groups like the NAACP create an even deeper divide between African American and American. Ironically, there are no groups that are dedicated to enriching the lives of white people and it is illegal to have an all white college. I am not suggesting the establishment of white empowerment groups, but rather groups that empower Americans, not just specific ethnic groups. America must set aside political correctness, stop separating races by groups, and prompt people to be American before African, Latino, Arab, or Irish.

Being too politically correct can also put our country in danger. For example, the Fort Hood gunman is of Arab decent, and according a CNN report, was suspected to be in confederation with a radical terrorist group. However, according to this same CNN report, because the United States Military had nominal evidence, singling the gunman out would be considered racial profiling and unjust. Our military, because of the unspoken rule of being politically correct, put its soldiers in jeopardy. The military feared racial groups’ nasty outcry and allowed this man to serve in the United States Military. One must ask oneself, if a white person was acting in the same manner and had the same evidence; would the action be the same? I am inclined to believe not. Political Correctness deterred the military from doing the right thing, rather if every race was seen as equal and the suspect would have been removed from his position.

Also, being politically correct puts the majority at a disadvantage. In the dear walls of Laurel School a group of girls was sitting at a lunch table discussing life and religion, you know the typical teenage girl discussion. During this discussion Catholicism and the idea of Jesus were mocked. As a Catholic, I allowed this to happen for some unknown reason. Looking back at this experience, if I were to chime in and not only express my confusion with Islam but blatantly mock it, I would be deemed a bigot. What makes disrespecting the majority acceptable, but mocking the minority taboo?

Now, I am not suggesting making America creepily uniform and allowing people to lynch minorities because they are different, but to rather abolish the double standard society has established. The political correctness in America has many people walking on egg shells attempting to avoid being deemed a racist. So what can I do as an 11th grade to try to undo the unequal standards? My proposition is to be blunt and matter of fact, being silent is never the answer. Political correctness prevents people from stating their true opinions, which merely breeds internal stereotypes. If people put their stereotypical views forthright, someone can contradict the stereotype thus uprooting from the source and preventing it from unconsciously spreading. I am also not discouraging pride in ones heritage. However the current racial groups, which are protected by political correctness, fragment Americans into smaller groups and inadvertently segregating people. These groups would say America was founded on a hodgepodge of cultures, but as my Graham said, “They came to this country to be Americans”. Let the different cultures blend together to create a true United States. With the races united as one, people will better understand each other and more effectively eradicate the everlasting burden of racism, rather than segregating themselves into their own said groups. I am willing and currently try to publically state my opinion, while being willing to change my views when they are proved wrong or unwarranted. My bluntness can sometimes be seen as mean and insensitive, but I believe in the long run it will shape me as a better person with a broader understanding of life and human nature. Besides, I never really got along with sensitive people.


~ by lhipple on December 3, 2009.

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