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Political Correctness Fallacy

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(also known as: PC fallacy)

Description: This is a common one in recent history.  It is the assumption or admission that two or more groups, individuals, or ideas of groups or individuals, are equal, of equal value, or both true, based on the recent phenomenon of political correctness, which is defined as, a term which denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, certain other religions, beliefs or ideologies, disability, and age-related contexts, and, as purported by the term, doing so to an excessive extent.

This can be seen as an over-correction of stereotyping.

Logical Form:

Claim A is politically incorrect.

Therefore, claim A is false.

Example #1:

Racial/cultural profiling at airports is wrong.  An adult, middle-eastern male is just as likely to be a terrorist as a four-year old American girl.

Explanation: While anything is possible, including a four year-old American girl being a terrorist, profiling works on probabilities.  Inserting political correctness here goes against reason in asserting that every person is just as likely to be a terrorist.

Example #2:

The masked individual who committed the crime was about 6’2”, and took down four male security guards by hand.  It is just as likely that the criminal was a woman.

Explanation: While it is certainly possible that a 6’2” female martial-arts master is the criminal, it is highly unlikely, and it would be a waste of resources to question an even number of men and women based on the desire not to discriminate.

Example #3:

Everyone is entitled to his or her own religious beliefs.  So if dancing in the streets naked is part of their ritual, we must extend them that right.

Explanation: Are any and all religiously-based behaviors acceptable?  Must we allow all expression of religion?  Where do we draw the line and why?

Example #4:

Sacrificing virgins is part of that tribes culture and heritage.  Therefore, it is just as acceptable as our culture’s tradition of eating a hot dog at a baseball game.

Explanation: Here we enter the realm of morality and choose to protect a “cultural belief” over saving the life of a young girl. 

These examples—and this fallacy—are very controversial.  Like all fallacies, arguments need to be made.  I am making an argument that PC can be a fallacy in many cases.  You might agree, you might disagree.  In either case, be prepared to argue for your position with valid reasons.

Exception: See above.

Tip: It is better to be politically incorrect than morally bankrupt.



Registered User Comments

Adam
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 08:44:13 PM
I suggest that this occurs more frequently:

Description: The assumption or admission that two or more groups, individuals, or ideas of groups or individuals, are unequal, of unequal value, or both true, based on opposition to emerging social norms discouraging terms which denote language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, certain other religions, beliefs or ideologies, disability, and age-related contexts, and, as purported by the term, doing so to an extent which opponents find excessive.

This can be seen as an under-correction of stereotyping or a reaction to social norms favoring mutually respectful speech.

Logical Form:

Claim A is politically correct.
Therefore, claim A is false.

Example 1: Feminists say women are paid 94 cents for every dollar that men are paid. That's politically correct garbage.

Example 2: They say that black men are shot by police more often than white men? That's politically correct garbage.

Example 3: The lesbians want to hold hands in public. That's politically correct garbage.

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