A Politically Correct Primer

web posted February 1998

Q: What is P.C.?

PC stands for Politically Correct. We of the Politically Correct philosophy believe in increasing a tolerance for a diversity of cultures, race, gender, ideology and alternate lifestyles. Political Correctness is the only social and morally acceptable outlook. Anyone who disagrees with this philosophy is bigoted, biased, sexist, and/or closed-minded.

Q: Why should I be PC?

Being PC is fun. PCism is not just an attitude, it is a way of life! PC offers the satisfaction of knowing that you are undoing the social evils of centuries of oppression.

Q: I am a white male. Can I still be PC?

Sure. You just have to feel very guilty.

Q: Why?

If you are a white male, your ancestors were responsible for practically every injustice in the world- slavery, war, genocide and plaid sportscoats. That means that you are partially responsible for these atrocities. Now it is time to balance the scales of justice for the descendants of those individuals whose ancestors your ancestors pushed down.

Q: How?

It's simple. You've got to be careful what you say, what you think, and what you do. You just don't want to offend anyone.

Q: You mean I should guard against offending anyone?

That's right. Being offensive is destructive, and will not make the world a harmonious utopia, like in John Lennon's "Imagine".

Q: How else can I be PC?

Oh, there are lots of ways. For example, why buy regular ice cream when you can buy "Rain Forest Crunch?" Segrega..whoops..separate all of your garbage into different containers: glass, metal, white paper, blue paper, plastic, etc. Make sure that all your make-up has not been tested on animals. Try to find at least sixty ways to use your water; when you take a shower, brush your teeth at the same time. Then don't let the water go down the drain, use it to irrigate your lawn. Or better yet, replace your lawn with a vegetable garden. Don't use aerosol. And by all means, don't burn or deface our flag. Remember, as a citizen of Canada/America, your living in God's country.

If you are fortunate enough to know your ethnic heritage, dress the part! Don't do drugs. You should listen to at least one of the following PC musicians: U2, REM, Sinead O'Connor, Sting, or KD Lang.

Harrass people who wear fur coats. Remind them that an innocent baby seal was mercilessly clubbed. Or just yell, "FUR." They hate that. And don't ever eat meat.

Q: Don't eat meat? Why not?

Cows are animals, just like humans are animals. That means that they have rights. When you eat meat, you're oppressing animals!

Q: So all killing is bad?

No, not always. Sometimes killing can be justified, like in the Persian Gulf. You have to be able to tell when an animal has rights, and when it doesn't.

Q: How do I know when an animal has rights?

The general rule is as follows:

If an animal is rate, pretty, big, cute, furry, huggable, or lovable, then it has rights.

Examine the following chart:

Rights

cows
cute bunnies
dolphins in tuna nets
whales
red squirrels
owls
harbor seals

No rights

cockroaches
flies
tuna in tuna nets
sharks
gray squirrels
loggers
barnacles

Q: Wow. What else can I do to be PC?

Hug a tree. Rejoice each day in our cultural differences, for they are what gives flavour to our great country. Get in touch with your sexual identity. Check your refrigerator for freon leaks. Subscribe to National Geographic. Search it for neat non-Western cultural traditions and costumes. After you read it, use the paper as an alternate fuel source.

Q: I'm not sure about all of this.

If you are feeling unsure about your motivation, just remember. You are right. It's that simple. You are right.

Q: How do I know if an action is un-PC?

Good question. It's important to know when someone is saying something insensitive so that you can have that person removed from society. The guideline is as follows:

Is the confrontation between two white people? Yes -  The liberal is right. No - The white person is oppressing the ethnic person.

Remember, many seemingly obvious issues, such as the railroading of Mayor Marion Barry, the Clarence Thomas issue, and the Saint Mary's University Carribean Society shut-down are really race issues.

Here's a fun practice drill for you: See how many newspaper articles you can make into race bias stories. It's fun! Some PCers are so good they can make the weather report look like a KKK pamphlet!

Q: What should I do if I see someone do something non-PC?

It all depends on the situation. If you are not in a position of authority, by all means report this activity immediately to whomever is in charge. If your school leader, employer, or superior is hip to the trend of the 90s, she or he will take the necessary steps to have the insensitive offender disciplined.

Q: But isn't that censorship?

The Constitution never meant for racism, sexism and insensitivity to be espoused by anyone. That's not what free speech is about. Some call it censorship. PCers call it "selective" speech. Saying something negative about a particular race or gender is just as damaging as, say, punching them in the face. We just can't allow that kind of verbal assault.

Q: I've heard a lot about PC words to replace "Black." "Indian," etc.

Yes. That's part of the PC movement. You see, part of the way we think about people comes directly from the words we use to describe them. Take "black" for instance. Why should a person be judged by the color of their skin?

Q: You mean they should rather be judged by the content of their character?

No, I mean they should be judged by where their ancestors are from. If your great grandparents are from Africa, or Asia, or wherever, then you should be identified by that fact. You can even apply for special scholarships!

Q: I'm a mixture of French, German, English, and Russian. Can I get one?

No, there are none offered to white males however, if you are a women ...oops... womyn, there should be plenty.

Q Hey, wouldn't a white person from Libya or Egypt technically be an African-Canadian/American?

Technically, yes. But that's not the kind of African-Canadian/American we mean. That is, we're really talking about skin color, but we're pretending that we aren't. Another example: A white South-African immigrant is not an African-Canadian/American or either.

Q: How can I learn to make my language more politically correct?

For more help, see the PC Lexicon at the end of the this article.

Q: I'd like my child to be PC. Wht can I do?

Well, for one thing, we should forcibly encourage students to volunteer their time with philanthropies. Also, we should re-emphasize non-Western perspectives on history. Finally, we should re-structure tests and quizzes to reflect cultural biases.

Q: I don't get it.

Well, the way the system works now, "select" under-represented minorities who tend to do worse on entrance tests have lower standards of admissions at school and work and receive preferential treatment. This is unfair and wrong.

Q: Is it?

Yes. The truly PC way to do it is to have a different grading scale for different groups which gives or subtracts points from the final score, depending on who is taking the test. If you are white, then you have been benefited by society during your life. That means that you lose ten to fifteen points to make the test fair to everyone else.

Q: I guess that sounds right.

It is right. That's the beauty of PC.

Q: What else do I have to be careful of?

Humor. PC people take every comment very seriously. We will not accept any comment, joke, remark, or anything that sounds like it could be a racial slur.

Q: Give me an example.

"What's black and white and red all over?" has been staple humor for decades. Not PC---it can be taken the wrong way.

In every day speech, try to use phrases like, "Isn't that the pot calling the kettle African-Canadian/American." Any racial jokes or jokes even mentioning culture or gender should be omitted. True, this mostly limits comedy to the level of sitcoms, but that's the price you pay for social equality.

Q: Is that all there is to it?

Yes. The Politically Correct belief is essentially a recognition that people are diversely equal. We rejoice in this equality by treating people differently based on their equal individuality. Hop aboard the bandwagon... Be PC. Or you're an intolerant, racist, sexist insensitive pig.

A PC Lexicon

Insensitive term Preferred term
 
Ethnicity:
Black African-Canadian/American
Note: Does not include Libyans, Egyptions, white South Africans. Does include people with dark skin regardless of where they are from or where they live.
Oriental Asian-Canadian/American
Note: Not considered "real" minorities since they tend to do well.
Indian Native-Canadian/American
Note: The following teams are not PC: Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins
Chicano Hispanic
Note: The following are not PC: Cheech and Chong, Chico and the Man episodes, Cisco Kid, Rosarita Salsa, Speedy Gonzales
White Trash PC Unaware
Rustically Inclined
WASP (White Male) Insensitive Cultural Oppressor (ICO)
 
Gender: (Please avoid the word "sex" as it has confusing connotations)
Woman Womyn, Vaginal-Canadian/American
Girl Pre-Womyn
Housewife Domestic Engineer
Fireman Firefighter
Stewardess Flight Attendant
Meter Maid Parking Enforcement Aduciator
Post Man Post Person
Mail Man Person Person
Policeman Law Enforcement Officer
Baton Boy
Cal. Clubber
Prostitute Sex Surrogate
(Teen Victim. See "Broken Home")
Mankind, Human Earth Children
 
People: Sub-groups
Handicapped Physically Challenged
Differentially Abled
Blind Optically Darker
Photonically Non-receptive
Deaf Visually Orientated
Poor Economically Unprepared
Bum Homeless Person
Displaced Homeowner
Philosophy Major
Hunter Animal Assassin
Meat Mercenary
Bambi Butcher
Whaler Blubber Lovers
Old Person / Elderly 4th-Dimentionally Extended
Gerontologically Advanced
Conservative Right Wing Extremist Fascist Pig
Drug Addict Chemically Challenged
Bald Comb-free
Bisexual Sexually Non-preferential
Midget, Dwarf Little People
Vertically Challenged
Convict Socially Separated
Insane People Selectively Perceptive
Mental Explorers
(person with) Learning Disability Self-Paced Cognitive Ability
Tree-Hugger Environmental Activist
Logger Wood Weasel
Paper Pirate
Treeslayer
Dead People Dysfunctional Earth Children
Biologically Challenged
Metaphysically Challenged
 
Miscellaneous:
Broken Home Dysfunctional Family
HouseBroken Family Disfunction
Cattle Ranch Cattle Concentration Camp (CCC)
"Moo-shwitz"
Ghetto/Barrio Ethnically Homogenous Area (EHA)
Pre-Integrated Pre-Nirvana
Hamburger Seared Mutilated Animal Flesh (SMAF)
Trees Oxygen Exchange Units
Gang Youth Group
Pimp-mobile, Low-rider Culturally Responsive Transportation Option
Slum Economic Oppression Zone (EOZ)
Delicatessen Corpse Farm
Charnel House
Obese People of Mass
Gravitationally Challenged




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