A programmer from New Zealand named Byron Clark has come up with a perfect way to show what people really mean when they talk about political correctness. He set up his browser to automatically change all mentions of the term “political correctness” to “treating people with respect”….
My position on “political correctness” is pretty well established: As I’ve written before, I don’t think it’s a real thing in and of itself. Sure, it certainly sounds like a real problem. Indeed, if you listen to critics of political correctness, it’s a scourge that threatens our basic liberties and the foundations of American society. But as Clark’s simple experiment shows, that’s not what’s really going on when people complain about PC culture.
The truth is that accusations of “political correctness” are a sort of catchall charge that’s used against people who ask for more sensitivity to a particular cause than someone else is willing to give — a way to dismiss issues as frivolous in order to justify ignoring them.