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M_Wharton_Paper_3 - Matt Wharton 1 POS 230 Political...

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Matt Wharton 1 POS 230 Political Correctness Our First Amendment right to free speech is one of the hallmarks of American society. But are we voluntarily giving up our right to free speech in the name of political correctness? We frequently hear news stories condemning the words of public figures as culturally insensitive, racist, vulgar, or offensive. The culturally sensitive egalitarian society that America has become makes it hard for people to freely express themselves as prescribed by the First Amendment . We have become a society that aims to protect the feelings of others . People file frivolous lawsuits claiming they have been emotionally damaged by another person’s words . Also, celebrities like Mel Gibson, Tim Hardaway, and Don Imus have been crucified by the news media for making offensive comments . This instills fear in people, and they are afraid to speak their minds or criticize members who might happen to be of a different race because they are afraid of being labeled as a racist . Our First Amendment right to free speech is definitely limited by the unforgiving nature of today’s society . Define the term "politically correct." Are we giving up our right to free speech in
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POS 230 taught by Professor Loftus during the Spring '07 term at ASU.

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M_Wharton_Paper_3 - Matt Wharton 1 POS 230 Political...

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