Political correctness, particularly when used by politicians, is incredibly important to our society, asserts Mark Hannah in Time. Trump’s ‘telling it like it is’ style of talking has polarized and enraged the country, insulting women, Mexicans and Muslims, among others. With the latter group, using the right language is particularly vital. Groups like Al Qaeda are boosted with more recruits when Western leaders lump together normal Muslims and terrorists. Some view politically correct speech as artificial when it really serves to unite large and diverse groups of people like Americans. Trump’s lack thereof only serves to divide them.
Political correctness, on both sides of the aisle, is stifling discussion and the development of ideas, infers Fred Bauer of National Review. Polls show that most Americans believe that legal immigration levels should be cut. However, in certain political circles, these views are dismissed as amoral and bigoted. They do not even allow the topic to be discussed so ideas can be shaped. Society should work to transgress such boundaries and engage topics critically but openly. Shutting down certain conversations only breeds animosity, when they could help us all develop. Political correctness can be too suppressing in this regard.