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Plea for decency: politically correct - and proud of it


"I'll be allowed to eat my * swear word * schnitzel!" The fight against political correctness is experiencing a spring awakening. But every society needs soothing taboos - they govern our living together.


I am one of those who find the limits of the word good. Whether you call that "politically correct" or consideration in togetherness, I do not care. I do not want to be called a woman, a woman or a "gypsy of foreigners". And I do not want any ethnic soup in the supermarket or a dirty word schnitzel on the menu. Eating gypsy schnitzel is not a human right. Nevertheless, some people hold on to it as if it were one.

Contrary to political correctness, they cling to the notion that it would be the fall of the Occident, if the thing is called "paprika schnitzel" or "Balkan schnitzel". How can one insist on a dirty word that vilifies the most discriminated minority in Europe?

For me decent manners are an achievement of civilization. Every society needs a few soothing taboos that regulate living together. But since the reactionary contemporaries witness their spring awakening, the debate over "political correctness" has picked up again.

The subject occupies us so much that you could introduce a department in the Ministry of the Interior. Every few weeks a new politically incorrect sow is driven through the village. Each time, the early-war-all-so-beautiful-dreamy keep the flags up for the right to political impropriety.

Alone 2019: First Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer made in the carnival for fierce discussions, because she made jokes about men, she considers washcloths and intersex. She sounded like a kid calling "Kaka" loud at the dining table and hoping everyone would react. And, oh how nice, everybody reacted.

Then panics broke out in backward-looking contemporaries because a Hamburg day-care center asked their parents not to dress the children as "Indians" (and "sheikhs"). Do not place the offspring in Native American feather ornaments, most of which have been deported or murdered or died of introduced diseases, some already seem to feel marginal oppression.

Boundary suppression?

And for months, once again argues about the "Sarotti-Mohr", the chocolate logo that the company itself exchanged in 2004. Latest trigger: the old brand image with a black servant hangs in the foyer of a Mannheim cultural center, which some had criticized - rightly so. The picture may be sweet, but it is above all a reminiscence of colonialism, slavery and oppression. No picnic, really not.

Each time, media have been turned on nationwide, commentaries on and against published, street and online surveys and conducted expert interviews. Each time there is a new debate about whether words like "Mohr" or "Gypsies" are racist. Of course they are. One would only have to clarify what racism means. But childhood memories of chocolate bars, talk bans and taboo breaks - there's music in there, everyone has an opinion.

Political correctness or PC [pi-si], as it is called in English, has long been a fight topic of the right. Anyone who wants to pick up conservatives at the regulars' table explains the linguistic propriety to the morale lobe, with which one is brought to his freedom of expression. What a crap. To be politically correct stands for the fundamental attitude to treat each other respectfully. This has nothing to do with censorship or "speech prohibition". Prohibitions are regulated in the Penal Code, in Section §130 on sedition, and this almost never intervenes.

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Almost anything can be said. And almost everything is said. If you really want to offend people and entire groups, you can do that. But he should not cry when someone criticizes that. The "language police" then stops.

Sure, it has become more difficult to live out his resentment - or to constantly ignore women and other genders. This is outlawed. More and more discriminating terms that used to be freely used have fallen into disrepute. "Bimbo", "Itaker" and "garlic eaters" or even more harmless words such as "strangers" or "guest workers" have disappeared from the everyday life of most people. Even "foreigners" one should not call the foreigners today - they are now called migrants or "people with a migration background". Not all are clear.

Reactionary PC Victim Grief

The PC defensive reflex is a reaction to our language and behavioral codex having changed. That's why many adults now shout aloud: Kaka! Figuratively speaking, of course.

The assertion that one should no longer talk about problems in Germany comes not only from the ultra-right, but also from people like Sigmar Gabriel or Zeit-Herausgeber Josef Joffe. And it is compatible: In the center study 2018 of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which will be presented next week, the majority of the respondents will probably agree again: "In Germany, you can not say anything bad about foreigners without being a racist to be insulted. " In 2016 this was almost 55 percent.

The reactionary PC-victim-whining works pretty well: no party and no medium wants to expose itself to the charge of limited freedom of expression. So many are getting more and more radical right-wing positions. I have often heard in my jobs in editorial offices and authorities: "Just not politically correct, we have no speaking restrictions."

Only: Who teaches such platitudes, probably did not think that through. Should everyone really be allowed to say everything? Would a minister of the interior who makes jokes about disabled people or Jews be able to satisfy them? Can a Federal Chancellor sexistically talk about women and dismiss the Ministry of Family Affairs as a drudgery policy? No.

I do not understand at all what to subject to communicative commandments and decent manners. Trampling on minorities is not freedom, but impudence. So: I am politically correct and proud of it.

Source: spiegel

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