Texas A & M has an annual contest for the best definition of a contemporary expression. This year it was "political correctness." And here's the winner
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."
I hate Political correctness; it is a form of censorship. It makes people afraid to speak their mind, or to even mention certain subject matter.
Yesterday I wrote a piece which I intended to be a discussion around a podcast, “Are urban cyclists elitist snobs.”
In my view cyclists are a minority, and if a small element of our minority behaves badly, we all get smeared with the same shit stick.
I was stupid enough to draw an analogy with other minority groups, namely people of color and gays. I should have known better, and I should not have even attempted to pick up that turd.
This morning there was a comment that suggested I was racist and anti-gay. My first reaction was to start composing a comment defending myself; then I thought fuck it, why should I have to defend myself against something that is entirely untrue?
I deleted the piece along with all comments. Maybe I acted a little hasty, but once I clicked “Delete” it was gone forever and there is no getting it back.
I may not have done the right thing, but I did the “Safe” thing. A suggestion like that can quickly grow legs and with the help social media I could lose my reputation overnight, and six years of writing here would be right down the toilet; all because of one little politically incorrect turd.