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Sick of having to be Politically Correct over nearly everything

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SickofThisCountry Thu 04-Apr-13 01:47:44

Dont want to cause some big debate but is anyone else on here getting sick to the back teeth of having to watch their p's and q's through fear of offending every tom, dick and harry.

EldritchCleavage Fri 05-Apr-13 14:11:29

Another necessary underlying belief of the PC-gorn-mad brigade is that there isn't actually any racism/sexism/disablism/etc out there anyway, so all the 'fuss' about it is just lefty ranting or cynical job-creation schemes for diversity campaigners. That's the aspect of it that I hate the most, frankly.

YouTheCat Fri 05-Apr-13 14:14:03

Agreed.

Yusef sounds like a right giggle. grin

seeker Fri 05-Apr-13 14:21:47

What a very conscientious firm you must have worked for, sudaname. I've never heard of a disciplinary hearing happening under circumstqnces of like that. Still, it's a good thing that if it had been a racist incident, there was a procedure in place so that Yousef couldn't be coerced into stopping the process by saying that the incident hadn't happened after all. Which was a frequent occurrence in the old days.

OxfordBags Fri 05-Apr-13 14:22:24

Me too, Eldritch. I think they spend so much of their time fuming and muttering to themselves about people thinking they are arseholes for calling an Asian person a p*ki or whatever, that they actually don't pay any attention to the reality around him.

My Aunt used to date a man who constantly (bizarrely, pointlessly) bemoaned the fact that 'n*gger brown' wasn't a paint colour anymore (yes, I know. WTAF?!). Yet you should've heard the vitriol my folks got for telling him to STFU or that I got when, in my teens, I started shutting him down by asking him what shade it was, exactly, seeing as black people aren't one universal colour. God, I hated that fucker. Funnily enough, he didn't bring his paint complaint up to the black heart surgeon who saved his life hmm

AmberLeaf Fri 05-Apr-13 14:24:14

Eldritch yes, that the only problem is the people its directed at/those taking offence on their behalf and if they'd just 'laugh' along then everything would be fine.

As though 'jokes' are the only problem.

sudaname Fri 05-Apr-13 15:04:07

He was actually - very funny - also he would with endless patience and enthusiasm explain anything you wanted to know about his religion , why he wore certain things, why he wasn't allowed to use after shave (he made his own based on orange oil and used to bring us little bottles in and it was lovely) - all the rules about having more than one wife or not and how the first wife and her family had to agree to it from the outset and so on and so forth.
I do wonder if a lot of racism (or any ism for that matter) is just based on pure ignorance/fear of the unknown , because he seemed to do a lot for office harmony by just talking to people, educating them l suppose in this way. Almost as if , even a few that were quite bigoted and 'us and them' to start with , as they learnt more and more from Yusaf and became friends with him they would become much more open minded to and mingle more freely with not only him but other people from other cultures whom they would have previously avoided/been suspicious of/uncomfortable with or whatever.
I remember smiling to myself one day when one such former office bigot - a self confessed one at that, always coming out with generalisations as to why he didn't like 'them' etc came in one day (open plan with no designated seating) and given a choice of many empty seats plonked himself in an empty seat imbetween a young lady wearing a full cover burkha(sp) and Yusaf and said 'Alright,how are you?' and proceeded to chat to both his chosen neighbours as if it was the most natural thing in the world.
Which of course it was. smile

sudaname Fri 05-Apr-13 15:18:12

seeker that was many years ago and it was when you could be hauled into the office at the drop of a hat, they didn't like your face or whatever. It was a bit like 'the Office' quite a few power trips going on there. Also it wasn't a multi national concern or public sector so they kinda made their own procs/rules up.
I think these days they would have to jump through a few more hoops to bring anything to that stage and follow more procs. etc but having said that l till recently worked in the NHS for many years and there were still a few power mad middle managers taking the law into their own hands and overstepping the mark there and dragging people into offices unofficially for bollockings etc.

seeker Fri 05-Apr-13 15:37:29

Even more conscientious then that they took a case of potential racism so seriously.

thermalsinapril Fri 05-Apr-13 15:42:01

YABU. So-called political correctness is just politeness and consideration.

MrsDeVere Fri 05-Apr-13 15:42:01

Seems like the people who fume about PC gorn mad the most (IME) are white, middle class, hetrosexul men. Outraged that after centuries of basically doing what the fuck they like, someone is challenging them.

Because that is what it boils down to. When people say 'well you can't say anything nowdays can you?'
and you ask
'why, what will happen if you say P* in the pub?'

They won't get arrested, they won't get fined, what might happen is that someone will say 'steady the bus there Bob old man, not quite the thing these days eh?'

OMG the world is going to end shock

noddyholder Fri 05-Apr-13 15:42:22

Thanks MN for deleting that post smile

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