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Feb. 13th, 2007

09:43 am - Thoughts on political correctness

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Date:February 13th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Does that mean you can't say anything good or bad about someone who's black? Isn't there a practical problem there? (Using "black" instead of "African-American" because I'm not sure the second can be applied to Obama.)

I once saw Tony Blair in a debate. I'm not saying I agree with his politics, but I felt like the man could speak. I thought to myself "Why can't I have that in my leader?" and felt sad that my country's current represenative can barely form a coherent sentence, let alone argue in public. I don't think I'd feel cheated in that way if Obama was our president.
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Date:February 13th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
It does seem like there's a practical problem there.

Quite. I think it would make me quite happy if Obama were president.
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Date:February 13th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
It occurs to me that this is sort of like an alternative version of what Tom Lehrer said in his song, "Smut":
    When correctly viewed,
    Everything is lewd.
    I could tell you things about Peter Pan,
    And the Wizard of Oz,
    There's a dirty old man!
If you're looking for a double entendre, whether it be smut, or insult, or evidence to support any point of view you hold ... if you look hard enough, you'll find it.

It's impossible to so unmistakably convey precisely what you mean and no more than what you mean without saying absolutely nothing (and then someone'll think you're lookin' at 'em funny).

Does this mean we should all say nothing?
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