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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s “Just Words” campaign against “microaggressions” has just added the phase “politically correct” to the list of politically incorrect things to say.
Along with terms such as lame, trash, thug and third world UWM has now denounced politically correct also well as its abbreviation P.C.
Why? Because UWM believes that the connotation associated with the term “P.C.” has become a new way to shame individuals by implying that they are “being too ‘sensitive’” or “police language.”
The university’s “Just Words” campaign is the work of UWM’s “Inclusive Excellence Center” and aims to “raise awareness of microaggressions and their impact”—microaggressions like “politically correct” or “PC.”
Merriam-Webster defines “politically correct” as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.” The university, however, claims that calling something “politically correct” “has become a way to deflect, [and say] that people are being too ‘sensitive’ and police language.” “Politically correct,” moreover, is just one of a whole host of words and phrases the university has denounced as microaggressions.
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