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badly_behaved_badger
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I think in some situations, political correctness has gone over the top. People are getting paranoid!

I mean, my mum's friend is a social worker and she was recently told by her boss that it is racist to sing 'bah bah black sheep', so you have to sing 'bah bah white sheep' instead. I totally disagree with this!

1. This song is talking about SHEEP not people.
2. Replacing the word 'black' with 'white', could offend white people. Ok, I know it wouldn't, but that's my point - it's stupid.

So, if they decide that we can't say either 'black' or 'white' because it could offend people we'll end up singing 'bah bah magenta sheep...' Hey, that's quite catchy!!!

Anyway, what do you think about this - has it gone too far? Have you come across any other examples?


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Gumdrop Girl
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isn't it just as bad to sing "bah bah white sheep?" i mean, that's marginalizing the black sheep, innit?

i'm not a big fan of political correctness. i go a long with it when appropriate, but certainly, i agree that a few too many ppl have gone over the deep end with the hyphens and the euphemisms.

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Political correctness has gone a little bit mental hasn't it?

Everyone remember when an American reporter was reporting the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, and in a panic not wanting to call him black, he referred to him as African-American.


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quote:
Originally posted by Slayer_gurl:
...in a panic not wanting to call him black, he referred to him as African-American.

I always thought that was just an urban legend, especially since I'm old enough that I can remember watching a heavy dose of news stories about Mandela's release when it happened and I never heard a mention of that incident back then. But if it is true, it really wouldn't surprise me.

I undertand common courtesy well enough. I certainly don't want to belittle my co-workers by poking fun at their religious beliefs or ethnic background. That isn't political correctness, it's just decency. But beyond that, I get annoyed with do-gooders who "suggest" that we alter phrases so hypersensitive people do not take offense. Senses of humor are sorely lacking in society today, and I think the sooner we grow back our thick skins, the better off we'll all be.

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