Why do people brag about being “politically incorrect”? I heard it this morning in a bluegrass song. Now I know that typically country and bluegrass skew to a certain demographic and a bluegrass collaboration with Travis Tritt, even more so, but this lyric struck me:
I’m a little rough around the edges
I didn’t come out of no GQ magazine
I don’t use a lot of big words
But I’m bent on love if you know what I mean
I ain’t in’trested in bein’ politically correct
I stand right up and say what I believe
I really don’t understand this stance. Sure, maybe I’m not the target market because I kind of like it when my husband uses big words, but I can relate to not being into the “GQ” type. What I mean is, I like people a little rough around the edges but, in my opinion, being politically correct just means being able to make statements about someone without the need to use prejorative terms. Why does it feel so “restrictive” to be politically correct? To me, it’s common decency.
I’m sure I’ve not always said the perfect thing, but in general, I do actively try to NOT insult others. Even if I disagree with someone, using demeaning or offensive language does nothing to help persuade my point or have an active discussion. I just think there is a way to “stand right up and say what I believe” without losing the ability to be hurtful and disrespectful.