Political Correctness


Political correctness, commonly abbreviated to PC, is a term that, in modern usage, is used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended primarily not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society.

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In the media, the term is generally used as a pejorative, implying that these policies are excessive.

A pejorative is a word or grammatical form expressing a negative connotation or a low opinion of someone or something, or showing a lack of respect for someone or something.

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The term had only scattered usage before the early 1990s, usually as an ironic self-description, but entered more mainstream usage in the United States when it was the subject of a series of articles in The New York Times.

Time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.

The New York Times is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by The New York Times Company.


The phrase was widely used in the debate about Allan Bloom's 1987 book The Closing of the American Mind, and gained further currency in response to Roger Kimball's Tenured Radicals, and conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's 1991 book Illiberal Education, in which he condemned what he saw as liberal efforts to advance self-victimization, multiculturalism through language, affirmative action, and changes to the content of school and university curricula.

Multiculturalism describes the existence, acceptance, and/or promotion of multiple cultural traditions within a single jurisdiction, usually considered in terms of the culture associated with an aboriginal ethnic group and foreigner ethnic groups.

The Closing of the American Mind is a 1987 book by philosopher Allan Bloom, in which Bloom describes "how higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today's students."

Affirmative action is the policy of favoring members of a disadvantaged group who currently suffer or historically have suffered from discrimination within a culture.


Commentators on the left have said that conservatives pushed the term in order to divert attention from more substantive matters of discrimination and as part of a broader culture war against liberalism.

A culture war or culture conflict refers to a conflict between traditionalist or conservative values and progressive or liberal values.


They also argue that conservatives have their own forms of political correctness, which are generally ignored by conservative commenters.

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