I like what Neil Gaiman said, in a blog post from Feb 2013: "I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough) yesterday which included the phrase “In these days of political correctness…” talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the colour of their skin. And I thought, “That’s not actually anything to do with ‘political correctness’. That’s just treating other people with respect.”The Right Stuff. Yes, the Jose Jimenez routine by Bill Dana. Or you can add Garret Morris: "Baseball been berry, berry good to me." Caricature is different than stereotyping. But, in today's PC/SJW atmosphere, it just carries too much baggage.
Which made me oddly happy. I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase “politically correct” wherever we could with “treating other people with respect”, and it made me smile.
You should try it. It’s peculiarly enlightening.
I know what you’re thinking now. You’re thinking “Oh my god, that’s treating other people with respect gone mad!”
Treating other people with respect is never a bad idea. One can learn from the errors of one's past ways, I think. Just because it was once acceptable to treat others with disrespect doesn't mean it was right. KWIM?