Day 86 Question 86:
Do you believe this country/world has become too politically correct? What are your thoughts?
This question came to me so unexpectedly. As a lot of you know I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Counseling studies. When I started my original thoughts were that I wanted to work in an office/Counseling Center and counsel clients one on one or maybe do group settings from time to time. It took me a while into the course to realize that is not really what I want. I want to work in an organization (most-likely non-profit) as a Program Coordinator or Education Director of some kind and work with young girls and women. I would love to be a motivational speaker on some level and educate/counsel young girls and women on the importance of self-worth and bettering their lives everyday. I want to work with victims of crimes (rape, incest, abuse, human-trafficking) and guide them in a manner in which their lives can continually improve.
I am currently enrolled in a class called Counseling and Guidance in Diverse Populations. The class focused on working with clients from a variety of diverse backgrounds. In saying diverse a lot of people get wrapped up with skin color when in fact diverse is so much more than that. I have worked in nonprofits for several years and it is always a point for directors to have a “diverse” staff so they are always on the lookout for individuals of all different colors. It always made me laugh because you could have a staff that were all black or all white and still be as diverse as they come. Diversity is not just skin color or race/heritage. We are all diverse because none of us has the same background. In an organization with an all black staff, there could be one member that is homosexual, one member that is college educated, one member that is Republican while another is Democrat, one member that is Born-Again Christian while another is Atheist. Even the things I speak of are on pretty large levels. People’s likes and dislikes (down to liking seafood or not liking seafood) can make a group of people diverse.
Ok I am getting a little off base…as usual. Wink Wink! The reason I chose this question today was because for class (I am doing classes online) we had to answer questions given by the teacher about our cultural background. These were the questions:
Complete the Outline for a Cultural Autobiography in the Vontress, Johnson, and Epp text by answering the following questions:
1.What is your name, birth date, and place of birth?
2.What is your cultural or national heritage?
3.What was the cultural mix of the schools that you attended?
4.What was the cultural mix of the religious institutions that you attended?
5.What was the cultural mix of the neighborhood where you grew up?
6.What trips abroad have you taken?
7.What foreign languages do you speak, read, or write?
8.What is the cultural mix of your workplace?
9.Do you ever participate in social or recreational activities with people who are racially or culturally different from yourself?
10.Have you ever worked around people in the military or civilian sector who were different racially, culturally, or both?
11.Have you ever had racially or culturally different teachers or professors?
12.Do you now or have you ever taught, supervised, or otherwise been in charge of racially or culturally different people?
13.How do you feel around people who are racially or culturally different from yourself?
14.What academic courses have you had that are related to racial or cultural differences?
15.What other experiences have you had that would help a person understand your level of exposure to racial or cultural differences?
16.What type of climate do you feel most comfortable residing in?
Based on your cultural autobiography, answer the following questions:
•How would you describe your life experiences with people with different backgrounds than yours?
•What is your definition of culture?
•How does culture affect counseling?
•What are some things you can do to grow as a cross-cultural counselor?
I really enjoyed reading a lot of my classmates answers because I was able to learn more about them and also learn that so many of them were not of the cultures that I automatically assumed. In our class we are supposed to respond to two classmates for every discussion question we answer. I responded to a fellow classmate and this is what I said:
It was really nice to read this autobiography to get a better idea of you as a person. I, unlike you, grew up in a predominantly Caucasian neighborhood/town. All of my classmates except two were Caucasian (the two were African American and Native American). While speaking of the cultural differences I keep thinking about the way we describe each other. I have always been accustomed to saying Black or White when describing someone but it seems as of lately most people are trying to be “politically correct” by saying Caucasian or African-American. I do not feel that describing someone as Black or White is an insult at all. What are your thoughts? Race and culture are very sensitive issues and I have also noticed that when someone is asked to describe someone else they shy away from using skin color. I find that amusing because it is the most predominant feature about the person to describe them and again I do not find it to be an insult. It is just a description to give a better idea of someone’s physical appearance. I do, however, understand the need for sensitivity towards these”issues” in certain circumstances. I would love to hear your thoughts. I am just wondering if you believe we have become to “politically correct” or “culturally sensitive”? I am torn with certain things.
What I stated I truly believe in. I do not know about other countries as I have never visited or lived in any other than my own but I do believe we are getting to be a little ridiculous when it comes to being politically correct these days. For example, it is a flight attendant not a stewardess. I have had one snap at me for using that word. Really? I didn’t call you a bitch. I hate to even say this but nowadays I do not even know the politically correct term for someone that is disabled…mentally retarded? Handicapped? Learning Disabled? Slow? The terms are constantly changing and I cannot keep up. I am not a spiteful person but come on….I don’t care if you refer to me as white because that is what I am. I don’t need to be called Caucasian. I do realize we do need to be sensitive and obviously use discretion but I think we have taken it to extremes and nowadays there are constant lawsuits and stories in the news about someone saying the wrong thing or using wrong terminology to describe someone. There is a line between being respectful and being far too sensitive. In my opinion when someone insists one being called something or another then they are just a little too big for their britches. For example, I was visiting a local high school doing a small presentation for the staff and when referring to the principal I called him Mr. instead of Dr. When I was leaving the auditorium I was pulled to the side by his secretary (or wait is she an administrative assistant) and was told he was Dr. not Mr. and I needed to remember that next time. I just praised this man up and down in my presentation then caught hell for not using his proper title. In my book he is still a Mr. Good thing they couldn’t read my thoughts of what I was calling him in my head while exiting the building. This is strictly my opinion, but some people get a little too high and mighty when it comes to titles. Just because you have a job that pays you $100,000+ a year does not mean you are a God and should look down on everyone like they are pee-ons and expected to be acknowledged with a title.
I would love to hear others thoughts on the issues. Do you think I am wrong?
P.S. I found a website of a list of “politically correct” terms and I thought you might enjoy (at this rate we will eventually be using all of these terms) ;0)
A Criminal – unsavory character
A Crook – morally (ethically) challenged
Abortion – Near-Life Experience
Alcoholic – Anti-Sobriety Activist
Alive – temporarily metabolically abled.
An Immigrant – a newcomer
Assassination – involuntary term limitation
Bald – comb-free
Bald – folically independent
Bald – follicularly challenged.
Battle Fatigued – shellshocked
Blind – optically darker
Blind – photonically non-receptive
Blind – visually challenged
Body Odor – nondiscretionary fragrance.
Broken Down Automobile – mechanically challenged
Broken Home – Dysfunctional Family
Bum – Displaced Homeowner
Bum – Homeless Person
Bum – Involuntarily Domiciled
Cannibalism – Intra-Species Dining
Censorship – Selective Speech
Cheating – Academic Dishonesty
China – Porcelain
Chronically Late – Temporarily Challenged
Clumsy – uniquely coordinated
Commercial Fisherman – Flipper Whipper
Computer Illiterate – Technologically Challenged
Corpse – Permanently Static Post-Human Mass
Corpse / Stiff – Metabolically Challenged
Corpse / Stiff – Terminally Inconvenienced
Cowardly – Challenge Challenged
Cowboys – bovine control officers
Crackpot – certified astrological consultant, certified crystal therapist, or certified past-life regression hypnotist
Crime Rate – street activity index
Dead – Actuarially Mature
Dead – biologically challenged
Dead – environmentally correct human
Dead – living impaired
Dead – metabolically challenged
Dead – persons living with entropy
Deaf – Visually Oriented
Delicatessen – Corpse Farm
Dirty Old Man – sexually focused chronologically gifted individual
Dish Washer – utensil sanitizer
Dishonest – Ethically disoriented.
Dorm – Residence Hall
Drooling Drunk Idiot – person on floor
Drowning – aquatically challenged
Drug Addict – Chemically Challenged
Drunk – spacially perplexed
Drunk / Junkie – in recovery
Earthquake – geological correction
Fail – achieve a deficiency.
Fat – Differently Weighted
Fat – gravitationally challenged
Fat – horizontally challenged.
Fat – horizontally gifted
Fat – People of Mass
Fat – person of substance
Fictional / Mythological – ontologically challenged
Freshman – first-year student
Frog – amphibian American
Full of Crap – fecally plenary
Gang – Youth Group
Garbage Man – sanitation engineer
Gas Station Attendent – petroleum transfer technician
Geek, Nerd, whatever… – socially challenged
Ghetto / Barrio – Ethnically Homogenous Area
Hamburger – Seared Mutilated Animal Flesh
Handicapped – Differently Abled, Handi-Capable
Having PMS – cyclically challenged
Hearing Person – temporarily aurally abled
Homeless – outdoor urban dwellers
Homeless – residentially flexible
Homelessness – Mortgage-Free Living
Housebroken – Family Disfunction
Housewife – domestic engineer
Hunter – Animal Assassin
Hunter – Bambi Butcher
Hunter – Meat Mercenary
Ignorant – factually unencumbered
Ignorant – knowledge-based nonpossessor.
Incompetent – Differently Qualified
Incompetent – Specially Skilled
Incompetent – Uniquely Proficient
Insane People – Mental Explorers
Insane People – Selectively Perceptive
Insult – Emotional Rape
Janitor – sanitation engineer
Klutz – kinesthetically challenged
Large Nose – nasally gifted
Lazy – motivationally dispossessed
Lazy – motivationally deficient.
Learning Disability – Self-Paced Cognitive Ability
Library – Educational Resource Center
Logger – Wood Weasel
Logger – Paper Pirate
Loser – Second Place
Loser – uniquely fortuned individual on an alternative career path
Man-hole – maintenance hole
Mankind – humankind
MANkind, HuMAN, PerSON – Earth Children
Mercy Killing – Euthanasia
Mercy Killing – Putting Down/To Sleep/Out of Misery
Messy – differently organized
Meter Maid – Parking enforcer
Midget / Dwarf – Little People
Midget / Dwarf – Vertically Challenged
Mute/Dumb – verbally challenged
Not with somebody at the moment – romantically challenged –
Off – energy-efficient
Old – chronologically gifted
Old Person / Elderly – Gerontologically Advanced
Old Person / Elderly – Senior Citizens
Panhandler – Unaffiliated applicant for private-sector funding.
Paper Bag – processed tree carcass
Perverted – Sexually dysfunctional.
Pimp-mobile / Low-rider – Culturally Responsive Transportation Option
Plagiarism – Previously Owned Prose
Po’ – financially inept
Policeman, Policewoman – law inforcement officer
Poor – economically marginalized
Poor – Economically Unprepared
Poor – monetarily challenged
Postman – letter carrier
Pregnant – parasitically oppressed.
Prisoner – client of the correctional system
Prostitute – sex care provider
Psychobabble – constructivist feminist psychotherapy
Psychopath – socially misaligned
Racist – genetically discriminating
Really Big Nosed – nasally disadvantaged
Redneck – person of region
Redneck – rustically inclined
Refugees – asylum seekers
Road Kill – Vehicularly Compressed Maladapted Life Form
Rudeness – Tact Avoidance
Runny Nose – nasally gifted
Senile Bag o’ Bones – Alzheimer’s Victim
Serial-Killer – Person with difficult-to-meet needs.
Shoplifter – Cost-of-Living Adjustment Specialist
Short – vertically challenged
Sighted Person – temporarily visually abled
Slum – Economic Oppression Zone
Slut – suffering from a sex addiction (female)
Someone who has no other reason to park in a handicapped zone – morally handicapped
Spendthrift – negative saver.
Stained – creatively re-dyed
Steward, Stewardess – flight attendant
Stoned – Chemically inconvenienced.
Stud – suffering from a sex addiction (male)
Stupid – differently-brained
Stupid – intellectually impaired
The Elderly – Senior citizens
Thin – horizontally challenged
Thirsty – osmotically challenged
Tone Deaf – musically delayed
Too old/young – other aged
Too Tall – people of height
Tree-Hugger – environmental activist
Trees – Oxygen Exchange Units
Ugly – aesthetically challenged
Ugly – Cosmetically different.
Ugly – facially challenged
Unemployed – Involuntarily leisured.
Used Books – Recycled Books
Vagrant – Nonspecifically destinationed individual.
Vegetable – noble unconscious hero
Vice President – Post-Coronary Leader of the Free World
Vocal Minority – target equity group
Vomiting – Unplanned Reexamination of Recent Food Choices
Waiter, Waitress – food server
War-Monger – Peacekeeper, patriot
Welfare Bum – economically disadvantaged
Whaler – Blubber Lover
White – melanin-impoverished
White American – racially challenged
White Boy – rhythmically challenged
White Trash – caucasian culturally-disadvantaged
Wife – unpaid sex slave
Worst – least best.
Wrong – differently logical.