Monday, April 10, 2006
Looking Back At Political Correctness - **Updated**
What is politically correct anyway? I do not consider myself racist, sexist, homophobic, or intolerant. However, I learned long ago that some peoples skin is so thin on certain subjects that problems can arise from the most innocuous things that a person might say.
When I was 10 years old and in the fifth grade, a person on the playground asked me who had been on my kickball team. I went through the list of players and when the name J.R. came up, the person asked which one, and I replied the black one. You see, in my class there were to J.R.'s and they both had the same first and last name. One was white and the other was black since that was the easiest difference to visually spot, it was the difference that I noted; Being 10, I did not grasp all the different words for race and the divisiveness that they can create.
The spoken word can travel on an elementary school's playground at an astounding speed and quickly J.R. made his way across the playground to confront me on what I had said. I was a pipsqueak in elementary school, not reaching any height at all until the year I turned 16 when I shot up 7 inches in one summer. J.R. was close to two years older than I and was one of those kids that mature early so he stood nearly a foot taller than me. When he asked me if I had called him black, I simply replied that I had. He then swung and clocked me one in the face. I crumpled to the ground, but shot back up and waded in with all the rage and fury that a 10 year old frame can hold. But my rage and fury were no match for J.R.'s physical advantage and my ass was whipped rather soundly although I never backed down or gave up until separated by the teachers overseeing the playground. I never had another problem with J.R., sometimes a person just has to stand up for themselves and let others know that although they may have the Power; Others may have the Will to not back down.
This lesson in political correctness at a young age taught me three very valuable lessons.
1) No matter what you say, if you speak your mind, someone will be upset by it.
2) Never back down from the truth.
3) Always be ready to pay the price for what you believe.
I am sorry that some are offended by things that I have said or will say in the future. I am sorry that they took it the wrong way. What I am not sorry for is the meaning behind the words and that is something I will not back down from.
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