Last month, in London, Clint Eastwood displayed some good old-fashioned common sense:
“People have lost their sense of humour. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth or you will be insulted as a racist,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
“I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a ‘Sam the Jew’ or ‘Jose the Mexican’ – but we didn’t think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was just normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem. I don’t want to be politically correct.
“We’re all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything.”
It is ironic that the very people who claim to be working for a “color blind” society are accomplishing just the opposite with political correctness. Newsflash: most people are “color blind,” but have to consciously force themselves to be ultra aware of race, as well as religion, sexual orientation, etc. in order to not violate sacrosanct PC standards. You see, if a person is not inherently racist, then it doesn’t even occur to him that using the scientific term “black hole” as an analogy might actually offend a hyper-sensitive, intensely racially aware idiot. Perhaps you remember this very thing happening last July…from the Dallas News:
A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.
County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”
That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.
Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster’s, is perhaps “the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape.”
I’m with Charlton Heston on this one. In February of 1999 he set it straight with the students at Harvard Law School. Here are a few exerts from his address:
“…the superstition of political correctness rule the halls of reason.”
“If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does–does not make you anti-religion. If you accept but don’t celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.”
“Don’t let America’s universities continue to serve as incubators for this rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism. That’s what it is: New McCarthyism. But, what can you do? How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation?”
“You simply disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don’t. We disobey the social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.”
“In that same spirit, I’m asking you to disavow cultural correctness with massive disobedience of rogue authority, social directives, and onerous laws that weaken personal freedom.”
I highly recommend listening to or reading Heston’s full remarks here; it is truly a remarkable speech on a critical issue of our time, indeed a “culture war.” As Mr. Heston has also said,
“Political correctness is tyranny with manners.”