Defying the PC police p. 648-657
2. What does Williams mean when he says that we now live in a “PC environment” ruled by “bartender etiquette”? To what extent would you agree that “Americans are constantly walking on eggshells” today (para. 8)?
We live in an environment that consists of many different backgrounds, cultures and religions. With that being said, there are things we all can agree with and there are things that we may agree to disagree because we may never see eye-to-eye on certain subjects. Bartender etiquette references the rule of never bringing up politics or religions with customers because it causes tensions and may even cause a fight in the bar and forever lose good customers. Because the world we live in as become so diverse it’s like we are walking on egg shells because we have to mindful of other races, other religions and overall other peoples beliefs.
4. Ultimately what does Williams think that PC culture is doing to us? Do you agree? Do you think society would benefit if all Americans felt empowered to say anything on their minds, regardless of the situation or the words they chose? Why or why not?
Political Correctness is silencing what the people really think but ultimately it’s really keeping the city from stirring up trouble. It marks the end of free expression and the flow of information and ideas that are the basis for the informed debate that is essential to democracy.
5. How do you imagine the authors of the declaration (p.625) and the bill of rights (p.628) would feel about political correctness? Is there a difference, in your view, between freedom of speech and the freedom to say anything you want to say?
I think the authors of the declaration and the bill of rights would feel the same way I feel. I feel as though there is a difference between the freedom of speech in being able to voice an opinion and the reckless option to say things with no respect to common courtesy of other people’s beliefs.
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