Blog Editorial

Is it better to be Politically Correct or have your own strong ethical/moral compass?

It seems too many people and groups these days are quick to jump on some perceived slight by someone who appears to be an “other”. I recently heard about a trans group who protested a planned performance of “The Vagina Monologues” because there wasn’t a vignette about transwomen. Really? Or muslim student organizations protesting lectures by people who’s own stories and experiences are critical of islam. Really? Since when is it wrong to criticize a segment of the population for their shortcomings. Everyone was outraged and mocked Brian Williams for stretching the truth but did nothing when proof surfaced that Bill O’Riely was found to be guilty of the same thing. I’ve seen the same kind of outrage by every ethnic group or sub-culture when someone points out something about a segment of one ethnic group or another that paints them in a bad light.

The fact is every ethnic, religious or subculture demographic group has some faults, shortcomings and bad elements within them. To pretend that they don’t is no different than fundamentalist Christians believing that they can legislate people’s lives.

When I was beginning to come out, a very wise transwoman told me to always be aware of my actions and behavior because what I say and do can have a lasting negative impression towards others in our community. In other words, if I behave badly, it doesn’t just reflect badly on me (as an idiot) but on all people like me. And this same golden rule applies to all groups: ethnic, religious, disabled, veteran, gender, and every other subculture you can think of.

So, when I recount a negative experience I’ve had and I include as much detail as I can, I am not making some blanket bigoted statement. I am telling MY story, based on my experiences, and I’m not going to edit or censor it because it paints some people or groups in a bad light.

People strongly committed to Social Justice need to learn to be able to see the difference between someone relating experiences that may not be flattering to groups you feel are downtrodden and someone making some broad stereotypical statement.