As a young girl, I was taught a common saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” If I or my brother or sisters ever complained about someone calling us names, Mom would repeat that saying. We were taught that being called a name had no power over us. We learned that the name caller was the one with a problem…….the one with bad manners…..the rude one.
America is a huge melding pot. People from all over the world have come to America. All those different customs and ways of living melded to create the greatest country on earth. We did not become the great country we are through intolerance. We respected our differences and worked together for the common good. We believed in the American dream and were taught to be kind and tolerant. Name calling is not kind nor tolerant….it is rude.
What has happened to our tolerance of one another? Our country’s tolerance is being replaced by political correctness and fear of being labelled. People shy away from expressing honest opinions for fear of being called names such as racist, homophobic, bigot, fanatic or radical. When someone cannot carry on an intelligent discussion with another voicing different views, name calling (political correctness) puts the other in a defensive position and takes the discussion off course. When people talk freely about problems and solutions our problems get resolved.
Political correctness is anything but correct. And we need to see it for what it is…..an effort by those with a political agenda that benefits by keeping us silent. Those who want to control us and stop the exchange of ideas that lead to greater understanding and resolution of problems that limit their control. We need to stand up and voice our opinions and not back down just because someone else has deemed we are not politically correct and calls us names. As Mom used to say; “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’: “The only way to solve our nations problems is through frank and honest discussion. Political correctness inhibits the free flow of ideas. Stand up and speak your truth knowing ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me’.”
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