Tuesday 22 December 2009 11.36pm
I suspect that the first seed of 'politaical correctness' was sewn back in the 1970's, when 'Baa-Baa Blacksheep was deemed inapropriate, as it may have offended certain ethnic minorities. Like many of us, some members of those 'ethnic minorities' may have wondered why we were being so narrow minded and, more to the point, so patronising.
Nothing much then happened in the world of 'P.C.,' until the last couple of years when, on the scale of one to ten, it disappeared off the radar.
On the lunacy scale, it's now somewhere up there with the dicky birds!
I was chatting to one of my daughters on the subject today. (She's in her final year at uni.) From some of my postings it would be understandable to think that I have dozens of daughters. In fact I have only four, but we chat a lot.
Well, I thought I'd heard it all, but she told me things that still made me shake my head in disbelief. We've always had blackboards in classrooom, but they have been gradually replaced by whiteboards. However, these classroom excessaries can no longer be reffered to as 'blackboards' and 'whiteboards.' They are now 'Chalkboards' and 'Markerboards.' It would seem that the terms, 'Black' and 'White' are no longer acceptable. Much in the same way that a certain office I know of insists that their staff order their coffee as either 'with mik, or 'without milk,' and are discouraged from using the terms, 'black,' and 'white.'
The groupe, 'Blue Mink,' meant well with their 1968 hit, 'Melting pot,' but do we rally want, 'Coffee coloured people by the score?' I don't. How boring would that be? In fact, if you go over the words of that song in your head, you will discover that, as well meaning as it was, it wouldn't pass muster in today's crazy 'P.C. world!'
I live in a very cosmopolitan area, and I love it.
I am white, my next-door neighbour is black, and it doesn't bother either of us.
Another thing. My daughter also informs me that when they have class discussions, they can no longer refer to them as 'brainstorming' sessions, in case it offends people with epilepsy. These sessions are now referred to as, 'Mind-mapping.'
Finally, even poor old 'Green sheep' has now, apparently, bitten the dust. He has now become, 'Rainbow sheep.'
I can only assume this has been done to avoid offending the Martians!
God help us all!