I’ve been on the ‘Internet’ since the era of 110 baud rate dial-up.
For as long as there have been message boards, there have been people who really need to say … whatever it is they need to say … and in whatever way it’s most convenient for them to say it.
Other humans (and their very humanity) be damned.
About This Message Board ? Okay.
Every time something hateful, incendiary, intolerant, misogynistic, or racist comes up, a minority of Dopers gets a chance to speak up and say how they (SD board members who ‘represent’ minority populations, at least on this MB) feel deprecated, diminished, demeaned, devalued, and dismissed.
And every time it happens, the few minority posters remind the majority of why there are so few minority posters, the majority effectively defaulting to such sententious ideas as “grow a pair” or “get thicker skin.”
“Political correctness” can be taken too far, but it mostly isn’t – at least not around here.
Any number of incendiary topics can readily be discussed without causing undue pain. It just requires a modicum of restraint, deliberation, consideration, and – dare I say – empathy.
On another thread, I posted this blurb about “thinking ‘win-win’:”
To go for win-win, you not only have to be empathic, but you also have to be confident. You not only have to be considerate and sensitive, but you also have to be brave. That balance between courage and consideration is the essence of real maturity and is fundamental to win-win.
The use of (or implication of) ‘political correctness’ by certain types, as a snarl word, is – as I’ve said in other contexts – really just a naked admission that the person wants to say whatever they want to say, and wants freedom from any blowback.
They want a dais and a megaphone, and they want unqualified immunity from reproach, rebuke, and derision.
That’s not the society I want to live in. It’s also not the highest and best MB that the SDMB can be (but that’s just MHO).
Taking on hot-button issues doesn’t have to devolve into a hate- and carnage-filled shitstorm, but having it not do so (simply) requires that we all try to be just slightly better versions of ourselves.