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Another Step Into PC Hell

Posted on Tuesday 10th October 2006 at 00:00
The downside of choosing a computer room that is so quiet you are fairly unlikely to be disturbed by many of the regular 'PC People? is that every single noise you make sounds so much louder. Each and every click of the mouse or keyboard, hiss from the bottle of fizzy drink you try discreetly to open or squeak from your chair as you adjust your sitting position seems amplified 10 times and might just be reverberating off every wall, every computer and every person in the room.

On the plus side, it is quieter in here.

I was listening to the radio this morning on which they had one of these phone in competitions. You know the sort of thing, where the presenter sets a challenge or riddle or something and the listeners have to phone in with the answers. In this case it was guess the celebrity. We'd already found out that they were not a monarch, they were on TV, they didn't do comedy and most importantly that they were a man.

Then a bloke phones in and asks if it is Angelina Jolie. Now normally a somewhat stupid suggestion like that would have inspired a witty and sarcastic response from the presenter aimed at highlighting the stupidity of anyone who phones in with an answer like that when everyone else already knows that it is a man. That is what would happen normally but not this time. Instead he was sympathetic and understanding and was as polite as he could be about telling the guy that he was wrong. Why?

Because he had a foreign accent.

Now before anyone reading this starts going off on a left wing tangent or sticks up their hand while shouting out 'Ummmm, he said something rude!? (why is it all kids up to about the age of 10 make identical noises when about to tell on one of their peers?), or decide to phone your lawyer, I am not being racist.

In fact, I strongly suspect that I am rather less racist than the presenter of the radio show and in fact people in general. You see, while I have no issue with treating minorities equally I feel that they should be treated just like that: equally. Not better, just the same. Someone who is rude to a Black man should not be instantly condemned as a racist; first lets see how he behaves to a White man.

Hell, even this word processor is being racist. It automatically capitalises 'blackman? but doesn't do the same for 'whiteman?. I'm not saying that you should be mean to ethnic minorities, or people of the opposite gender, young people, old people, disabled people or whatever. I'm saying that you shouldn't not be mean to them simply because they are in a minority of some kind. It is a little known fact but positive discrimination is almost as much of a problem as negative discrimination.

This is becoming clearer and clearer as the months go on, with an increasingly vocal proportion of society being driven to the far right because they feel that they are being under represented by their leaders. The emphasis on political correctness is being taken to such extremes that a lot of people are being driven to dislike the very minorities that political correctness and disability discrimination legislation are designed to protect.

The concept of looking after minorities is one that has been constructed in the post World War 2 world to attempt to balance society and to ensure that persecution will never again become socially acceptable. However, it has been taken to such extremes in recent years that the most fundamental principle of democracy is being undermined: the majority vote wins the decision.

The emphasis on political correctness is so strong now that people are afraid to say what they really think for fear of being jumped on by the anti-racist witch hunts. Surely when taken to these levels, does not political correctness itself becomes a form of mass persecution?

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