‘We’re becoming a society of people too easy to offend’

Mar 14, 2019
Political correctness turns every issue into one of race, stifling the work of the government. Source: Pixabay

Racialism, in its worst form, is objectionable, elitist and harmful, something to be stamped out wherever it occurs. This type of racism includes the use of unacceptable names (the ‘N’ word is a prime example), but many other similar words are used and applied to different races. Other examples of racism include forcing people to live in ghettos; refusing to employ anyone who doesn’t happen to fit in with your ideology; general rudeness and derision; and the exclusion of individuals, because of their ethnicity, colour or beliefs, at any social occasion.

There are, of course, the other forms of ‘racism’ considered to be perfectly all right in society. We accept that anyone should be permitted to follow their own religious beliefs, if they have any, though such beliefs should be classed as secondary to the accepted norms of the country where they live; Australia is classed as a Christian country, so Sharia law for instance, should carry no weight or power here. Another form of racism is evident in our social activities, where we have come to accept and enjoy many foods etc. brought to this country by the many legal immigrants we have absorbed over the years. Australian shopping streets and centres would seem incomplete nowadays if there were no Indian restaurants or Chinese shops as part of the scene.

Then there are the illogical forms of racialism, that have been dumped on us by the well-known politically correct (the PCs) — a group, in my view, holds power way above their actual status and with no reference to the norms of Australian society at all. They are the people who want to ban Christmas because it might offend a few Muslims, though oddly enough they don’t seem at all concerned about the feelings of the many Jewish people who live in Australia, or any of the other religions who have co-existed with us for many years. These people aren’t at all happy with the well-known group of dolls known collectively as ‘Golliwogs’ either, because of their racialist aspect, though I bet there isn’t a single person reading this who thought, when they owned one as a child, that it was in any way racialist! In fact, I would guess this form of anti-racialism, as proposed by the PCs, has in fact increased it due to calling small children’s attention to something they had never even considered before.

There will always be naturally, some forms of racialism in society, which most of us wouldn’t even recognise as such, because most of the time it isn’t actual racism at all, but merely a wariness with strangers. You might have a new neighbour move in near to you and it doesn’t matter from your point of view whether they are black, white or green for that matter; you want to know, before you make any move towards friendship, that they are people you might like and get along with. Whatever their actual colour, if they were white, some would say you were just being careful, but if they weren’t white, the PCs would say you were being racialist!

I guess the point I am trying to make is that the vast majority of us just aren’t racists, though the PCs have done all they can to make sure we think we are. In any crowded society there are always dangers lurking, some of which definitely are caused by groups who are out to cause trouble. The African gangs in Melbourne area good case in point; they are a tiny proportion of even their own community, let alone society in general, but despite the government’s insistence that there is no problem, they do cause a high percentage of the problems that are being experienced, and 90 per cent of the local public know this is true. It is a comparatively minor problem at the moment, but I feel that if the government doesn’t take some real action, and soon, it’s a problem which is going to get out of hand, then we will be in real trouble — I just hope I am wrong!

How do you feel about racism? Do you feel political correctness prevents real action from being taken to address society’s issues?

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