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US Congress & The Legislative Branch Discuss Hank Johnson forswears the word ‘midget’ at the Political Forums; Originally Posted by Comet There is a fine line between being offensive and politically correct. George Carlin did a terrific ...

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Old 12-16-2012, 12:59 AM
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There is a fine line between being offensive and politically correct. George Carlin did a terrific bit about the soft language people like to use in this politically correct world.

The whole clip is fantastic but 2:40 on addresses the soft language 1069 and other people like to use to feel better about themselves and be politically correct instead of being direct.
When you call someone a "dwarf" or a "midget" (or a cripple, or a retard), you are basically calling them a non-human, or a subhuman.
You are saying that they are not a person, they are a disability or a medical condition, that their handicap defines who they are.

Yes, I will refer to people with disabilities as people FIRST, and yes, that does make me "feel better about myself" than I would if I went around calling people retards, etc. It also makes them feel better about me, and possibly about themselves.
The salient point is that I would feel a lot worse about myself if I used degrading and dehumanizing language to refer to them, in the name of being "direct".
It is not that much harder to say, "I met a man with dwarfism today" than it is to say "I met a dwarf."
It's still perfectly direct, and it's only an extra three syllables. I think I can manage it. I prefer to regard and refer to people as humans, regardless of their medical conditions.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:50 AM
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We've become a nation of cry babies.....GROW A ****ING THICKER SKIN GOD DAMN IT!
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