With a few short weeks left in the White House, President Obama decided to impart his expert advice on the subject of political correctness.
Of course, the irony seemed to be lost on Obama who proposed, in an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” that President-elect Donald Trump’s definition of political correctness is probably “different than mine.”
Is Trump right that political correctness has gone too far? Obama gives what sounds like a qualified Yes. https://t.co/PAWNfF5Lmd
— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) December 19, 2016
“If you’re narrowly defining political correctness as a hypersensitivity that ends up resulting in people not being able to express their opinions at all, without somebody suggesting their a victim,” Obama told host Steve Inskeep in the interview that aired Monday.
“You know, if our social discourse and our political discourse becomes like walking on eggshells, so that if somebody says ‘You know what, I’m not sure affirmative action is the right way to solve racial problems in this country,’ and somebody’s immediately accused of being racist, well, then I think you have a point,” he said.
@lucasjlynch If only he taken his own advice and used, for example, the phrase “islamic terrorism”.
— Seed Doubt (@seeddoubt) December 20, 2016
But the definition of “politically correct” is “all over the map,” he thought.
“I suspect the president-elect’s definition of political correctness would be different than mine,” Obama said of Trump. “If what’s meant by political correctness is that there is some broad disapproval that’s expressed when somebody uses a racial epithet, or somebody makes a derogatory comment about women, or about the LGBT community, and people say, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t do that. That’s wrong, that’s cruel, that’s hurtful. Here’s the history of that word.’ And when you use words like that, you’re reinforcing people feeling like they’re outsiders, and less than other Americans.”
@ABC we pray Trump doesn’t share a single value of obama’s
— JANUARY 2OTH 🙂 (@sea329) December 19, 2016
The president continued his self-righteous mocking of conservatives whom he accused of being too quick to criticize “progressives” for being “politically correct.”
@ABC Even his response to the question is politically correct.
— Greg Conlin (@GregConlin) December 19, 2016
“The thing that I want to emphasize here though is, the irony in this debate is often-times you’ll hear somebody like a Rush Limbaugh, or other conservative commentators, or you know, radio shock jocks, or some conservative politicians, who are very quick to jump on any evidence of progressives being ‘politically correct,’ but who are constantly aggrieved and hypersensitive about the things they care about, and are continually feeding this sense of victimization, and that they are being subject to reverse discrimination,” Obama said.
“And so, on the one hand, my advice to progressives like myself, and this is advice I give my own daughters who are about to head off to college, is don’t go around just looking for insults. You’re tough,” he said.
@SteveStuWill 8 years too late
— Michael Walsh (@mcjwalsh) December 20, 2016
@SteveStuWill A shame it took this long for him to say this publicly.
— Egalitarian Alliance (@TrueEgAl) December 20, 2016
“If somebody says something you don’t agree with, just engage them on their ideas. But you don’t have to feel that somehow because you’re a black woman that you’re being assaulted. But speak up for yourself, and if you hear somebody saying something that’s insulting, feel free to say to that guy, ‘You know what? You’re rude’ or ‘you’re ignorant’ and take them on.”
But he wasn’t done with his discourse.
“My advice to young people, and my advice to all of us as citizens, is to be able to distinguish between being courteous and being thoughtful and thinking about how words affect other people and not demonizing others versus having legitimate political debates and disagreements.”
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