In my local rag, Phil Terrana explains in detail what has been mentioned here from time to time: Those who complain of “political correctness” demand the privilege to offend others without penalty. A nugget:
For bigots — and there will always be bigots — any move toward civility is unwelcome. The government that forced fairness on them has become someone else’s government, not theirs. They want their government back, like two-year-olds want their toys back when sharing becomes too burdensome.
For these people, becoming better people has a ring of phoniness to it, a sense of dishonesty. Because they can’t change their ways, they can’t understand how others can. They’ve began calling this civility by a new name — political correctness — and attached a stigma to it.
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