"To be politically correct is to choose words (and sometimes actions) that avoid disparaging, insulting or offending people because they belong to oppressed groups. Oppressed groups are those subject to prejudice, disrespect or discrimination on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or physical disability."
Generally speaking, most US-Americans (59%) think that "too many people are easily offended these days over the language that others use" while 39% say that "people need to be more careful about the language they use to avoid offending people with different backgrounds" (via). In a 2015 poll, 68% said political correctness was a "big problem" in the US (via).
According to a survey carried out in the United States by Pew Research Centers, attitudes to political correctness differ based on demographics:
About two-thirds (68%) of men say too many people are easily offended by language today compared with about half (51%) of women.
30% of blacks say too many people are easily offended by language today compared with 67% of whites.
78% of Republicans say too many people are easily offended by language today compared with 37% of Democrats.
83% of Trump supporters say too many people are easily offended by language today compared with 39% Clinton supporters.
More: Pew Research Center
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- Photograph by John Rawlings (1912-1970) via
- Language Matters: Concerns About 'Political Correctness' Are Deeply Intertwined with Race; Alternet
- The Crusade Against Political Correctness Shows Its Colors; Huffington Post