My God, I love Twitter. It just gets really stressful sometimes.
2017 seems to be the year we overdose on the concept that is Political Correctness.
I was scrolling through my TL some weeks ago, and I saw a tweet about how a female anchoe on CNN made a racist comment about how the current 12-year-old American spelling bee champ would be able to spell “covfefe” because it is transcribed in Sanskrit: the girl is Indian. Trust the internet to get outraged. Everyone questioned the sanity of this broadcaster.
What was she thinking when she said that – and on Public Access!
What’s CNN going to do about this?
Decisions, decisions. A particularly angry Twitter user referred to the TV woman as an “uncouth and ignorant female”. I agreed, all was well in the world and continued I to retweet: the joke was bad taste; then I stumbled upon a rare case of stupid: another Twitter user called out our particularly angry friend on the use of the word “female”. Apparently, as humans are not animals, women and girls cannot be referred to as “female”.
As an intellectual individual and aspiring Marine Scientist that remembers most of what was taught in Biology class about the classification of living organisms, I beg to differ and say that humans are indeed animals comprising the species known as Homo sapiens. We just happen to be more mentally advanced than the rest of the Animal Kingdom. I saw that tweet and I must say I was appalled. Someone was using the facade of political correctness to distact us from the fact that an unsuspecting child had just been thrown a racist slur.
Why do people do this?
Going through Social Media everyday, one sees real opinions and thoughts being put out and also sees other opinions on how the thoughts revealed should be dismissed because political correctness. Recently, I took part in the #HalleluyahChallenge and after what I considered a powerful time in the presence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, I put a tweet out saying I didn’t know what to tell people that were missing it. A friend of mine replied my tweet saying I was being indirectly judgemental of people that didn’t agree with my school of thought. It shocked me that someone I knew would turn my mentions to a lesson on political correctness.
We need to learn to sift through the muck for the diamonds. Not everything on the TL is of concern to us intellectually and otherwise. Stop using political correctness to distact yourself. Women and girls are female humans. Babies are born male or female; you cannot put a child in a gender box. There’s nothing like “human cub”. This is life not Junglebook.
There is such a thing as minding one’s business as there is such a thing as dealing with the problem.