You Must Be Politically Correct

YOU cannot, if you’re not a person of colour, wear cornrows, or rasta, or even wear your hair in what might remotely resemble a natural ‘fro. You’re aiding in cultural appropriation, and it’s just down right wrong.

You can’t refer to baby hairs if you, as a matter of fact, do not have baby hairs. If you have thin long hair, that is almost the same length as the rest of your head of hair, you are aiding in cultural appropriation.

How dare the thought of wrapping your head with designer scarves even come up? When women around the world are being shamed for wearing a headwrap?!

How can you call a black person “black” and not a person of colour? Do you even realise how offensive that is? It is not okay to assume a person who is biracial is black simply because one of their parents is. They are actually a very equal mix of both races. That’s why they are called biracial people.

I understand, we now live in an increasingly sensitive world. Gone are the days where we were okay with having to be sensitive towards our friends, and their friends, because you only really influenced one degree of separation. Now, with the growing influence of social media, one word or phrase and you’re all over the world. People seek out virality and for others, it’s just unfortunately forced upon them.

We’re human, so there are going to be things that affect us in different ways. Things that move me that seem absolutely trivial to the next person and vice versa. Sometimes there are things I see that I think, wow, how insensitive. Similarly, there are stories that I read where I think, ei, how can you even be offended by such a thing? You must have dug deep down in your head or heart to find offence to that. And yet, there is someone out there adamant about the way said thing makes them feel.

I have a “woke” friend who is “woke” about everything. She talks like everything is a lecture and she must explain what is fundamentally wrong with everything. She could see a simple picture of a person in a rural area somewhere in Africa and the conversation is immediately turned into whether or not the person in the picture was aware their Africanness was being exploited. Whether they truly consented to the picture and if not, if they were made aware that they were someone’s ticket to fame. If they happened to consent to the picture, was the purpose of the picture fully explained to them and were they okay with the repercussions of taking it? You get the point.

There are people on either end of the spectrum. People who are trying to be cognizant of everything that happens and how it affects everybody. COnsequently, some of these people seem to provide little value any longer to the actual issues they are passionate about. Conversely, there are people who are utterly ignorant about real issues that plague real people and the effects of said issues.

I find that because of the increased sensitivity of people, or rather the increased propensity to offend one of the billions of people out there in the world (wide web), everybody has to essentially like and/or approve of everything. Because God forbid if you don’t like something that someone else likes. As I read news articles or engage in various conversations now, I’m realising how complacent we get about different things that we may have found unbearable before.

I see it happening even with myself, where something I would have previously thought I would never do or be involved in, I’m having to pretend I’m okay with because people around me are okay with it and I don’t want to offend anyone. The more I think about it, the more I find people falling into the “if you stand for nothing you will fall for everything” category, myself included.

As a Christian, in this world where pretty much everything goes, and you must approve of everything, it’s getting harder and harder to stand by my beliefs. To truly say, “you know what, I know the world thinks this is okay, but I actually don’t,” without having to worry about offending anyone. Better yet, without necessarily caring about offending anyone. Knowing what I believe and what it means and staying true to that, rather than seeking to appease everyone else in the world.

It’s okay not to be politically correct all the time. It’s alright not to approve of everything. It’s okay to be different in our thoughts, actions, and words, because ultimately we’re in the world, but not of it. And maybe it’s time we start to make that count for something.

I’m definitely going to make more of an effort to stay true to my beliefs, in and with love, and say goodbye to wanting to always be politically correct.

 

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17 Comments

  1. Naa Shika said:

    this issue cudnt have been put in any better way chaley, bless yu Ewura, we have to try, difficult as it is…so help us God.

    February 6, 2017
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Why thank you, Naa. God bless you too!

      February 8, 2017
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  2. Diana said:

    This is my first comment ever on this blog. I’m compelled to comment on this because you just took my everyday thoughts and penned it down. I live in fear of offending people because I feel bad when people are offended by me. It’s really hard to have a belief or standard these days because God forbid for even one person to find your beliefs offensive and you become a black sheep. Hmmmmmmm, so everyday I pray for courage for myself and people like me.

    February 1, 2017
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      I’m so touched, and I hope you comment a lot more! We love hearing from you guys.

      I don’t think we can live in fear, just love and compassion. A lot of the stuff we have to share is definitely difficult, but if we share it lovingly, I think we can’t go wrong…or at least I hope we cant.
      Prayer is masterrr keeeeeyyyy (8)

      Thanks again for commenting Diana!

      February 2, 2017
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  3. Cassilda said:

    Truth be told, sometimes silence is not always the best answer. One has to be the torch bearer of truth.

    January 31, 2017
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Indeed! Torch bearer of truth

      January 31, 2017
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  4. Cassilda said:

    Enter Your Comment…Truth be told, sometimes silence is not always the best answer. One has to really be the torch bearer of truth.

    January 31, 2017
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  5. Kennedy said:

    wow. thanks dear.

    January 27, 2017
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      My pleasure, Kennedy.

      January 30, 2017
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  6. MayD said:

    It’s someway bi…, but ultimately, we have to stand for something…what we believe in

    January 27, 2017
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Or risk falling for everything anaaa?

      January 30, 2017
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  7. Benny said:

    “…it’s ok to be different…
    …it’s time we start to make that count for something…”
    It’s tough… but His grace is sufficient.
    Thanks Ewuraesi

    January 27, 2017
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Hmm. Isn’t it all tough? But all worth it!

      Thank you, Benny.

      January 30, 2017
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  8. Aure said:

    Hmmm

    January 26, 2017
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Mmhmmm?

      January 30, 2017
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  9. Precious said:

    This is so true! It’s becoming harder to stand for what we believe without being accuses of hurting others… But well, one thing is that the truth really sets free and I believe it frees both the one who says it and the one who receives it… So even if it hurts the world to be told what is true(even with maximum caution and love in the choice of words and approach); we, christians, have to spread it, it’s our duty… Let’s really try to stay true to the truth. God bless yo Ewuresi

    January 26, 2017
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      It definitely is. It truly does, the thing is being able to tell the truth without being purposefully hurtful. God bless you more Precious.

      January 30, 2017
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