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We as Americans need to become more sensitive to our use of language because with the increasing number of ethnic groups in the country one has to be cautious as to how they should define a certain group Political correctness is a type of medium that helps us come to respect and communicate with the diverse group of races and cultures Before we go on any further we must first define the meaning of political correctness According to Websters Dictionary political correctness is the ideology that shows sensitivity tolerance and respect for anothers race gender sexual preference nationality religion age physical handicap or other especially if it differs from ones own In other words political correctness better known as PC is behavior and speech manifested in people of all race and culture that reflects an open-minded attitude towards other people present within the society today For example being PC refers to using phrases as physically challenged instead of disabled and Asian rather than Oriental This term originated interestingly enough after the Civil Rights Movement and during the birth of modern feminism when many minority groups were fighting for their rights as Americans The meaning of the words was not as significant back then as they are now Political correctness has a completely different meaning today and it holds a lot of truths to it because it gives us that leverage to appropriately address someone without offending him or her Many people these days are using the politically correct terms especially business people teachers politicians journalists etc It is sad to say that there are many more people whom simply do not realize what they say can be insulting There are many examples in todays society where people havent been considerate of other peoples feelings and have been extremely un-PC Most recently the so-called shock jock Doug Tracht who works in Washington DC played music by Lauryn Hill on his radio show MSNBC
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