There is an amusing story in The Observer about the Commission of Racial Equality’s Christmas card. It features a traditional nativity scene, with a set of scribbles over it, suggesting ‘politically correct’ ways it could be improved:
‘Three wise men can’t be all men’ suggests one scribble. ‘The snow looks hideously white’ notes another. ‘Sheep should look more diverse’ reads another doodle.
Its good to see those who are often accused of having no sense of humour, satirizing themselves. Jamie Doward in The Observer worries that “liberal sensibilities” will once again be upset by the CRE. On the contrary, I think it is more likely that those already critical of Political Correctness will be the ones who get annoyed: If you already find the concept infuriating, then the sight of one of its primary purveyors sniggering about it might be even more annoying. Personally, I do believe there is some value in ‘Political Correctness’, but it is a tool which needs to be used in a more careful and nuanced fashion. The stereotypical ‘gone mad’ usage, as lampooned on the CRE Christmas card, we can do without.