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PC Police
I recently heard someone use the phrase "Political correctness police!" Most of us strive to be politically correct because we don't want conflict, or because we think we have to, or because we "don't want to offend anyone." Yet, understanding why certain terms or ways of interacting are respectful is about more than being "politically correct." It is about unlearning harmful ideas we may have about others and learning the language to help us engage in that learning. Sometimes it starts with just being polite, but it's ultimately about realizing how our words can hurt each other.

Contributed by--Beth Douthirt Cohen, Ph.D.

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