I don't see why everyone is mad about what this one guy said. He may not be "politically correct," he may not be taking the easy way out and saying what everyone wants him to say, but, jeez, when what you're saying is despised by those in power, when it's just really edgy and confrontational, and when it's just the truth that no one wants to talk about, you've gotta be willing to cut the politically incorrect some slack.
I think the guy's wrong. I think not only it was racism, it was justifiable racism. I mean, that's the lesson we're being taught here today. Kid shouldn't have been on the bus anyway. We need segregated buses -- it was invading space and stuff. This is Obama's America.
What? He's calling for segregated buses? So what? You might have a problem with what Rush Limbaugh says from time to time, but the dude just doesn't care if what he says is politically correct. He's like David Duke, George Washington, and Jesus, all at the same time.
Of course, if you say something that Rush Limbaugh doesn't like, he'll whine till the cows come home. If anyone in the media discusses race, Obama is a racist. If someone wants to celebrate their heritage, they're destroying "American culture." If the president says that America has ever done anything wrong in its entire history, then he hates America.
But that's not political correctness, saying that anyone who says something you don't like is a traitor or worse. That's just, um....
I can't stand when people say something along the lines of "Well, I guess I'm just not politically correct," usually after saying something racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or anti-Semitic (in Europe), usually with a little smile. It's almost as if some people think that saying that they're not politically correct means that they can get off the hook for any idiotic thing that they say.
What makes it more annoying is that the people who say it usually 1)think that being racist, homophobic, etc. is fighting against the system, speaking truth to power, when in fact it's just being lazy and falling in line with what power wants them to think, and 2)have some area, some subject matter, where if you say something out of line, even with the best of intentions, they'll turn into the worst political correctness dictator that you've ever seen.
For example, Rush Limbaugh has no trouble deriding and mocking ideas he labels political correctness (did it ever occur to him that the people holding those ideas might actually believe them?), but we've seen him go insane with calling Obama a racist just because other people around him, or people in the media, have discussed race, or implying that people are aiding terrorists for having different political opinions.
Being against political correctness, if I understand it correctly, is about being in favor of free speech, frank discussions, and challenging unquestioned assumptions. It's about being annoyed with people who don't want to talk about difficult topics like race because they're too afraid of offending something.
All of which are good things, but why is it that it's most often used by people who don't care about freedom of expression at all, who have no trouble making certain topics difficult to discuss with their wild accusations flung at anyone who disagrees with them? And why is it that, just because a position is "politically incorrect" or insensitive, it's automatically assumed to be the correct position by these folks?
The Religious Right never fails to say that they're fed up with the politically correct crowd, or mention how they're not politically correct (aka homophobic, sexist, and transphobic). But, seriously, I can't think of a group of people more sensitive to perceived insults and more willing to shut down free speech to reach their goals than them.
Anyone saying "Happy Holidays" is politically correct. They also hate Christians, which means they're discriminating against a religion. The disconnect is obvious.
Children are supposed to be taught moral values at school, which are too "politically correct" to go there, but if the schools decide to teach kids that, hey, some people are attracted to members of the same sex and you shouldn't beat them up for it, suddenly the school is "taking sides" in a "controversial issue" and, really, should just stop discriminating against the Christian students who are apparently being raised to believe that beating up queers is a great thing.
They complain that a politically correct society keeps politicians from saying who's a sinner and who's not, but they demand politicians pass their religious tests and prove that they're Christian enough for high office. How is that helping freedom of expression?
So when I hear someone proclaim themselves politically incorrect, I usually think that their politics, until proven otherwise, are somewhere along the lines of Rush Limbaugh's. And if someone precedes a sentence with "I know this isn't politically correct, but..." it's fairly safe to assume that they about to say something terrible and think that because they put up a "politically incorrect" warning, they're off the hook for their beliefs.
There is definitely a place for chiding people who are too politically correct. Sometimes people think that what they're saying is sensitive to a certain group, but it just isn't. And sometimes people choose to avoid a certain topic of conversation related to race, sexuality, etc., but it's not because they're actually afraid of insulting others. It's just because they don't want to examine their own prejudices and privilege.
This is a baggage issue, and part of it is the bizarre notion that you can prove your independence and willingness to stand up to power and preconceived notions by being racist, homophobic, transphobic, and generally prejudiced. There's nothing edgy about that, though. Racism's been around a long time, and people trying to justify why they think they're just better than everyone else has been around longer.