Obama on Political Correctness: 'Don't Go Around Just Looking For Insults'

Zach Montanaro | December 20, 2016
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The newest person to say that liberals should stop trying to be offended by everything under the sun is none other than President Obama himself.

Obama was being interviewed by NPR last week when he was asked if he agreed with President-elect Donald Trump’s assessment that political correctness has “gone too far in this country.”

"My advice to progressives like myself, and this is advice I give my own daughters... is don't go around just looking for insults," Obama answered. "You're tough. 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."

Obama broke down political correctness into two definitions, one of standing up to insulting or offensive language, and another of hyper-sensitivity to a point where someone can’t voice their opinions without some else claiming to be a victim. The President himself used affirmative action as an example of a hyper-sensitive definition of political correctness.

“If somebody says, 'you know what, I'm not sure affirmative action is the right way to solve racial problems in this country,’ and they're immediately accused of being racist, well, then I think you have a point.”

While he mention that he did agree with affirmative action, Obama said that he would hope he could have a “polite dialog” with someone who has differing opinions instead of resorting to name-calling.

Objecting to racist, sexist, or homophobic rhetoric and actions, however, didn’t fit the President’s definition of the issue.

“I consider that good manners, sound values and hard-fought gains in the nature of American society and American community,” he stated. “I think it’s a good thing that we don’t think that using the N-word is socially acceptable. I think it’s a good thing that we don’t refer to women in derogatory ways — because I have a couple of daughters, and I don’t want them to feel that way.”

Political correctness was often an issue that then-candidate Trump mentioned in his many campaign rallies, and Trump himself liked to say that he wasn’t a politically correct candidate. Critics of the President-elect have often thrown accusations of racism and sexism at him for just about anything he does.

While the President’s words aren’t likely to change the culture of hyper-sensitivity on the left, it’s at least a step in the right direction.

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Witness Obama's remarks on political correctness for yourself in the video below:



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