It is becoming fairly obvious that the line between political correctness and common sense has been blurred, crossed, disguised, and crossed again over the course of the last decade.
We must remember, always, that political correctness itself is nothing more than a societal threshold of class and dignity, and not some tangible asset that can be tested for, bequeathed, or rescinded. It is malleable dependent on the company you keep, the locale that you are currently existing in, and the circumstances of your situation. You can be politically correct for 10 minutes, if you’d like, and then slip away into belligerence. It’s your choice, and you will be judged by your peers based on that choice.
Where this becomes invasive is at the intersection in which one person’s displeasure dictates the population as a whole. If I command everyone on my block to drive electric cars, because the noise of a combustion engine bothers me, I would be laughed out of town.
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So why are we allowing this sort of logic dictate how we behave at all, let alone at colleges and universities?
Clapping as been banned at a leading universty’s students’ union “to avoid triggering anxiety”.
The University of Manchester Students’ Union passed the resolution to ban clapping at student union events at the first Senate session of the academic year on September 27, according to student newspaper the Mancunion.
“It was argued that the loud noise of traditional clapping and whooping pose an issue to students with anxiety or sensory issues. BSL clapping – or, jazz hands – would be a more inclusive form of expression,” the paper said.
Jazz hands is the British Sign Language for clapping.
Of course, this is occurring in the UK and not in the US, but does that make it any less disturbing?
Given Britain’s liberal stance toward firearms, borders, and now this, there is plenty of reason for concern that this sort of bizarre logic could spread to the rest of the Western World.
Again, it begs to be reiterated that political correctness has run amok. We can’t begin outlawing every action that bothers anyone, or else we’ll all be agoraphobic recluses who refuse to participate in our diverse society for fear of offending anyone. This then leads to homogeny, prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry…every time.