I like the expression “call a spade a spade”. It’s great for cutting through the shit and telling it like it is (or how it is to me). It’s good to be well briefed so I googled it to check that I wasn’t using an expression with any racial slurs and found this.
…the expression to call a spade a spade is thousands of years old and etymologically has nothing whatsoever to do with any racial sentiment.
As I suspected, so far so good, but then,
…in spite of this, some people think it is a racial statement, and therefore it should be treated with some caution.
Well thank you for the well intentioned advice, but frankly FUCK THAT.
As much as I like to avoid causing unnecessary offence I’ll be buggered if I’m going to stop using an expression just because somebody who doesn’t know what it means might be offended. I took the time to look it up and so can they. I fucking hate political correctness so much that I hardly know where to start. The fact that it’s difficult to argue against, without landing yourself in trouble, is certainly part of the problem.
However, my real issue is that I fundamentally disagree with the argument that you can change people’s hearts by reprogramming the vocabulary in their heads. It doesn’t happen. The political correct movement of the late 80’s and early 90’s was certainly successful at focusing people’s attention on the common stereotypes that were abundant at the time and up to a point I could see a positive effect. Now it’s just obscuring problems and hindering progress when we all have so much further to go. Bigots with an IQ over 50 have figured it out, keep their mouths shut and go about their day.
Now it’s even harder to spot them.
We can take a moment to celebrate the change that has brought us the first black President of the United States, but for any of us who weren’t bigoted in the first place shouldn’t we always be thinking “What took us so long? Why is the colour of a man’s skin still important at all?”. You want to celebrate? Lets’s hold off until we have a black female disabled lesbian in the White House.
No, sorry, I will call a spade a spade and excuse me while I transcend all your petty bickering. You’re welcome to keep scrabbling around in the dirt endlessly arguing whether anyone can ever reasonably use the word “golliwog” again. I meanwhile have already opened my heart and know that pricks and saints come in many, many colours!
For anyone who wants to know more about, booo, political correctness.
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