Political correctness is a catch phrase that relates to a socially progressive effort to revamp public discourse. When operating properly, so called political correctness simply encourages people to think in ways that are liberating and in ways that help to dismantle derogatory ways of discussing groups of people in our own society, and replacing them with respectful language.
When political correctness goes too far, it becomes like a kind of social-thought-Police as bad as the evils of ‘socially sanctioned slander of subgroups within American society’ that it intended to correct and replace.
Race is one of the major issues related to efforts at social progress and liberation within American society during the past 100, really longer, but Civil Rights improvements seem to move in something akin to waves building and then breaking when they hit the beach.
Race, like gender, seems to be a blend of something biological and real, and socially constructed conceptions. In the extremes, there are people who do not believe in ‘race’; they think the whole matter is a lie. ‘Race’ has been defined by ‘tribe’, ‘nationality’, ‘religion’, skin color, hair type, social position….over millenia.
Race has often been used to do something simple and fairly scientific like describe people. My impression of it, was that it actually is a way of describing differences amongst homo sapiens sapiens the same ways that animal husbandry folk discuss variations in breeds and stocks of animals of the same species. While this can be viewed as insulting it can also be observed as a legitimate means of acknowledging and understanding differences without any kind of insult being involved anywhere.
Biracial and Mulatto
In my first released science fiction novel The Children of Loki by my male pen name Robert Fitzgerald Jr., one of the main characters is described as mulatto. I have come across one or more people who were happy about that, but others reacted with some shock and told me they were mildly offended that I did not use the term ‘biracial’ instead.
Here’s why not
Eurasians are biracial. Mulattos are also biracial, but not the same way. Mestizos are biracial, but again, not the same way. Because there are multiple ways for human beings to be biracial, I wanted to specify which type of combination it was.
The clinical or technical way to put it: the main male character Kiel Bronson is a balanced blend of Caucasoid and Negroid races. In other words, he’s mulatto.
The fiction character Kiel Bronson is from the planet Earth, but is not from anything like what we would describe as America; well, then again, maybe he is. In fact, Kiel’s nationality is never specified in the novel. Set far into the future, as the author, I never even confirmed or denied whether or not the USA even exists on the planet Earth that Kiel heralds from.
There are numerous nations on the planet where this general ‘racial type combination’ might occur. The Americas is one gigantic region in which this type of blend might occur, but India also has pretty much every imaginable racial combination amongst the people and is a large and populous nation on our same planet. Here and there in the vast expanse of Africa there are another 54 or so nations, subdivided by tribes which may or may not also be considered to be ‘racially different’, are other people who are a blend of Caucasoid and Negroid.
It is actually presumptuous, but probably common amongst American readers, and strangely enough, even on the part of the author, to assume that Kiel is American. In truth, I was going to put one of those Norwegian symbols in the ‘o’ of the surname, strongly suggesting that Kiel Bronson might herald from Europe or have one North European parent and one African or American (as in the Americas) parent. Also, he may be a first generation mulatto or a 7th generation mulatto. It is not explained.
Bottom Line: As the author, the main thing is that Kiel Bronson is our ‘home town hero’ simply by coming from the planet Earth.
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