Saturday, August 12, 2006

Political Correctness and The Sun

Last night in the pub I was discussing the airport security issues with a friend of mine and I proposed that once airports return to normal they though search people of middle/far eastern origin more than they do with Caucasian
white people.

Of course, in the current political climate airlines would never search one
race more than another. Personally I think this amounts to negligence on the
part of the airlines. If men and women are discriminated on the basis of sex by
an insurance company why aren't white and brown (for want of a better term)
discriminated against by airlines. It amounts to the same thing, men are more likely
than women to claim on their insurance so their insurance costs more. Brown
people are more likely than white to blow up a plane so they should be
searched.

I think were the British people polled on this issue most people would be happy
for it to be introduced, this includes many people who fall into that category
as it would be for their safety as well. The only reason it won't happen is the
fault of the media.

The "Baa Baa Black Sheep" Problem

Most English people are under the impression that schools and nurserys can
no longer teach the nursery rhyme baa baa black sheep because its racist. There
is no law in place that bans the rhyme, nor has there been any legal precedent
that makes it a liability for schools to teach it. So the question is: Why
don't most nurserys teach it?

The answer in this case is because teachers think they are going to be sued or
attacked for teaching it. This fear is the fault of the media. I have read
reports in several tabloid newspapers/websites on the issue and it seems the
whole basis for the story is that a couple of nurserys in the oxford area
withdrew the rhyme. Presumably shortly after a parent heard of this they called
a newspaper. The newspapers made a big deal of this point.

Each paper basically made it clear that it is political correctness gone mad.
So it seems the only reason the papers published it was to show the public how
daft political correctness gets. In the process of making their point, they
have made matters worse. Most nurserys now seem to adopt this policy because
word spread from the articles but people missed out the part about the papers
just trying to make a point, they tell it like a new law passed down.

It seems to me that the best way for a newspaper to stop political correctness
having more of an effect is to either not report the matter. Tabloids unfortunately,
will never adopt this policy; for were they to remove anything that would
needlessly scared the British public, they would be little more than a topless
woman, some sports news and the Dear Deirdre Column.

Airport Searches

Returning to my original issue the "baa baa black sheep" problem can
be applied. Were the airports to enforce my proposed policy, there would not be
the uproar most of the public would expect. The newspapers would conduct polls
on the issue, and as is the case with most political correctness issues, the
real voice of the public would not be the one the newspapers cover. The words
of a few outspoken Muslim leaders would dominate the headlines instead.

White English people aren't
racist on the whole; we just don't want to be made to feel like we are being treat
like a minority in a land that is rightfully ours.

I think its time the Sun has a new campaign. Why don't they go after
political correctness and make it clear to the people their rights to freedom
of speech weren't taken away when we started allowing mass immigration.

1 Comments:

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Bah to PC! Let us all band up together and join together against the PC train :P

 

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