Chely Wright Posts Facebook Rant About Political Correctness
Social media tends to be a catch-all for debates over various issues, and many comments around social hot buttons like gay marriage or the Confederate flag decry political correctness as a ploy for liberals to force their views on the wider debate. Wright sees the issue differently.
"Something I've noticed on social media is that those who continually mock and complain that "political correctness is rampant and ridiculous — yada yada yada" are most always straight, white, Christian males. They're people who've never had to rely on others to speak up for them to protect and correct systemic injustices that society has leveled upon them," she writes.
"What they fail to understand is that there is a valid and profound reason that the term 'political correctness' exists. The term was born out of a desperate need to aid and to render fairness and safety," she continues. "So many straight, white, Christian men have a lot of fun throwing the words 'political correctness' around as a pejorative, but to me and many others it only serves to identify them as a person who lacks empathy and kindness."
Wright — who has taken on a personal crusade of anti-bullying since coming out in 2011 — says she sees a pattern emerge from those kinds of attitudes.
"Additionally, I'd bet my eye teeth that these men were often the big, mouthy bully on the playground at school who picked on the poor kid, the handicapped kid, the gay kid, the kid with glasses, the black kid and the kid with a single parent," she finishes.
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