Politically Correct

Daily Prompt: P.C.

Is political correctness a useful concept, or does it stifle honest discussion? 

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Politically Correct

The moral censors
would have you think
that by changing
you’ll overcome
your prejudice
you’ll find
a new censor’s faction
not worried
nudity or sex
(well not much)
but your speech
searching you out
to see
if you say the proper
so as not to offend:
the foreigners,
the farmers,
the handicapped,
the homosexuals,
blacks, whites greens, yellows
and country fowl!
Plain spoken speech
replaced by
new speak
the grammar Gestapo
to do his duty:
snuff out your
with convoluted

What would be more useful
is an inner change
not a new Moralizing
word game
that superficially
tries to hide
the pettiness
of clods with
feelings of superiority.

8 thoughts on “Politically Correct

  1. Great poem, Bastet! I especially like it when you say that changing your language doesn’t overcome prejudice. (I never liked political correctness, perhaps because I read 1984 at a young age.) This emphasis on language makes us lose sight of what’s really important: the inner change that you refer to. Thanks for posting this!


  2. I’m afraid I often stumble when it comes to political correctness. My heart, however, is usually in the right place…like if I called someone a scumbag, I would mean they are a bag of scum. Is there a politically correct way of saying this? Maybe I could just call them a politician…


    • Interesting question here! Who would we best defend with our political correctness…the scum or the bags whilst you refer to that class of citizen, which needs no protection.


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