So I'm having a discussion on FB with a friend from my school days who is a immigrant from South Africa about the discussion of Hijab being allowed in police forces.
The whole discussion ended up with the black hat being thrown into the ring.
"if you are against this then you are obviously a xenofobe who hates muslims and outsiders and just terribly afraid of your country being taken over"
I've seen this argument used so much in these kind of contexts and it just makes me see red so god damn fast..
In any case it reminded me of two situations I came across in the UK where political correctness just went very wrong and thought I'd share in the hope that perhaps others has equally "funny" or illuminating situations to share.
So here we go.
Sitation nr 1
It is 2 weeks to Christmas and my mother is visiting me and has took a trip to the local supermarket (like 10 shops under a roof basically)
She notices the complete lack of Christmas decorations and asks one of the girls in the shop why this is.
The girl responds that "The local council has banned Christmas decorations this year because this particular area has started to receive a lot of asylum seekers. And they don't want to offend any non Christians by shoving Christianity in their face or in her own words "Those fucking pakkies stole Christmas"
She blamed the asylum seekers for this but of course none of them had complained about the decorations this was down to some do-gooder in local council trying to go out of their way to be super politically correct. Obviously not with the results she intended.
(As a sidenote I'm still trying to figure out what the fuck tassels and a fat man on a reindeer has to do with Jesus)
The second incident was not so long after 9/11.
Police was out in full force at the train station checking peoples baggage and such. However they were for obvious reasons focusing on people with a rather more ethnic look then your average bleach white Glaswegian.
To prevent the political fallout of ethnically targeted policing the police force had gathered as many black/brown police officers as they could muster including a lot of short term hires.
The thing was none of them had the training to do stop and searches or crowd control so there was a entire wall lined with black police officers looking extremely bored and basically as though they had been shoved to the side.
While the avg white police officers were at the ticket doors stopping and searching and doing "police work".
when I came in and saw it the whole picture looked so fucking ridiculous to me I had to stop and take a picture of the whole scenario.
Have Anyone else experienced political correctness backfiring as bad as this ?