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P.C. Concerns about 4th of July

So I said to Mr. P.C. that I hoped he would have a nice 4th of July weekend.

He replied, “Thank you, but I don’t celebrate America’s self-centered sense of superiority.”

“Oh,” I responded, “I think we are celebrating the birth of our nation.  Isn’t that okay?”

“No because it is insensitive to the heritage of other nations.  It is not inclusive.”

“Can’t other nations celebrate their own histories rather than have their feelings hurt that they are not part of the United States?”

Mr. P.C. was not satisfied by my logic.  He repeated, unnecessarily, that “the 4th of July is exclusively an American celebration and thus not inclusive,” (which everyone knows is the highest standard).

I stubbornly persisted, “America can celebrate being America, I believe, without it being negative about other nations who are not, in fact, America.  When it is your birthday, I don’t think it is my birthday too.  I know it is not my birthday and do not resent that it is yours, nor that you are you and I am not you.”

“That is different.  I am an individual.  This conversation is about nationalism.”

“Okay.  I do not object, for example, that Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  I have even attended events on that date without being Mexican and without resenting the celebration by Mexicans.”

“Of course.  So do I.  It is important to me to show that I am not prejudiced.  My celebrating Cinco de Mayo shows that I am inclusive; that I honor the history of Mexico and all nations.”

I saw a flaw in his argument.  “Let me get this straight — you celebrate Cinco de Mayo because you are not a Mexican but you do not celebrate the 4th of July because you are an American.”

“Precisely.  Now you understand political correctness.  I do not want to appear biased toward America.  The 4th of July is all about pride in America. Americans need to get off our high horse.”

“Umm.  Well, I still wish you a nice 4th of July, Barack.”

“You still don’t get it, but I wish you a holy Ramadan nevertheless.”

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6 thoughts on “P.C. Concerns about 4th of July

  1. Wendy on said:

    Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence day, they celebrate that on Sept 16 nationally. There was a battle in Pueblo on May 5 1862 against the French, but it’s only a holiday in the State of Pueblo and not widely celebrated, or remembered.

    What’s funny, is that Corona Beer got the “celebration” started in America as a beer campaign in the mid 80’s to compete against Budweiser.
    So your PC friend’s celebrating is a bunch of nonsense, as is his view on American Heritage.
    Good for you to point out the flaw in his argument.

  2. Excellent post! I had a friend, long ago, who went PC wild! She used to call the 4th of July, the 4th of their lie. Ugh…she teaches at a community college (primarily English as a second language students). Needless to say, we’re not in touch any more and I can’t say I’m sorry (she was my best friend growing up). Sad.

  3. Oh…I forgot to wish you a very happy 4th of July!!

  4. Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.

  5. OMG!!! How’d you get this secretly recorded conversation off Billary’s private server that was wiped clean of top secret emails then given to her lawyer?!?! Oh… Connections! Lol

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