Political correctness

Posts such as Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy and The Right Finds the Perfect Weapon Against the Left got me thinking about the doubled edge sword of political correctness.  A well-intentioned campaign by, as it happened, a very precise segment of educated white people sought to use language to change behaviour.  It has been an interesting test case of Orwell’s thesis about language use – in 1984 removing words was meant to stop people thinking certain things – but why has it upset so many people?  My theory is that many, many people want to do the right thing.  They’re basically reasonable.  But political correctness is always evolving, not documented and certainly wasn’t taught in schools.  So it brings real stress – how do you avoid offending people?  That, I think, is the fear that many people feel and that’s why they lash out at the concept of political correctness.