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P.C. Police… Literally


There’s a new law in New York that is absolutely ridiculous and should not have ever been thought of. It’s a law that polices political correctness. The law forces test makers in New York to leave out words like Birthday or Dinosaur so not to offend any one group of individuals. The law restricts words that people use every day and there’s really no way to avoid the use of them especially when the New York prohibit the use of fifty commonly used words. The list is comprehensive and ranges from words like birthday to abuse. Why would a word like abuse be on a standardized test. I can only imagine that question, “There are five children. Two of them are abused but four of them have bruises. How many children have bruises?”

The premise is somewhat reasonable. The law makers in New York want to protect children from being hurt or possibly being accidentally made to relive something horrible that happened in the past. This goes over the line of necessary protection though. If they don’t want to offend any one then have the test makers make sure they create the tests with questions that wont be perceived as offensive rather than cutting out the use of certain words that possibly, but most likely won’t, offend some people. This law is a perfect example of A) political correctness going way too far and B) government over stepping their boundaries even if they have the best intentions in mind.

There’s another problem with this law. If  they tell test makers not to use words like slaves or poverty on tests how can you teach kids about things like Pre- Civil War America or America during the Great Depression. This law is contradictory and will leave kids in catastrophic idiocy, which will lead to higher rates of poverty. Wait I’m not sure if I can use that word some one might be offended. These are words that can not and must not be avoided. To keep kids from seeing these words is only going to make it tougher for them when they grow up and deal with this stuff on a regular basis.

It’s absolutely ignorant to believe that if we don’t talk about something then  it doesn’t exist. Ignorance isn’t a good thing and it never has been so why do Americans continue to hide things from children or from regular Americans. We as a nation don’t need to be coddled or held close. We need to have veil removed from our eyes and examine and take everything for what it is rather than for what we want it to be. We all need to grow up and be more mature and stop being so willfully ignorant because the longer we accept the ignorance the longer we will be in the dark being controlled like puppets by some creepy puppeteer.

And I know I kind of sounded like a conspiracy theorist in this post and I don’t really like sounding that way.

PROHIBITED WORDS:

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)

Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs

Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)

Bodily functions

Cancer (and other diseases)

Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)

Celebrities

Children dealing with serious issues

Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)

Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)

Crime

Death and disease

Divorce

Evolution

Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes

Gambling involving money

Halloween

Homelessness

Homes with swimming pools

Hunting

Junk food

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

Loss of employment

Nuclear weapons

Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)

Parapsychology

Politics

Pornography

Poverty

Rap Music

Religion

Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)

Rock-and-Roll music

Running away

Sex

Slavery

Terrorism

Television and video games (excessive use)

Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)

Vermin (rats and roaches)

Violence

War and bloodshed

Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)

Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.

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