Tony Procell-Professor of English
Due: July 14, 2012
Political Correctness, Has it gone too far?
Political Correctness is an issue that has been and will continue to be debated amongst legal professionals, human recourses professionals, and ordinary everyday citizens. This issue touches us almost daily whether in the workplace, in public and the media.
I have witnessed situations that I believe are sometimes "over the top". Society has become too sensitive in my opinion. We hear almost daily that someone said the "N" word and then everyone's up in arms, but when we hear a black person say it, then it's alright. Yes, this subject is still going on too far, we can't even talk about "illegal aliens" in that term any longer. They are referred to as "undocumented immigrants" just to avoid insulting someone. We quietly have to ignore the fact that they are in the United States illegally.
In the human resources harassment awareness training at work I have been told that if someone who is eavesdropping on a conversation and is offended by what they heard, the eavesdropper can file a formal complaint. This information lead me to ask the question; what if I feel insulted due to the eavesdropping and I wanted to grieve on the eavesdropper? I could not get a satisfactory answer or at least one that made sense.