A North Charleston S.C. police officer who posted a photo of himself on #Facebook wearing a pair of boxers emblazoned with the Confederate Flag has been fired.
The photo in question has been in circulation since first being posted on Thursday. On the heels of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calling for a removal of the Confederate Flag from State Capitol grounds, its quickly become a hot-button issue for Presidential candidates and the rest of the political sphere -- and it hasn't stopped there. Along with major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and eBay removing the item from stores and online databases, some have even gone so far as to call for the banning of literary classic "Gone With The Wind" by Vivien Leigh (along with its film adaptation) for its subject matter and "glorification" of the South.
It's worth noting that, regardless of where one stands on the issue, it's part of the fabric, framework, and foundation of our history as a country, and, sweeping it under the metaphorical rug or hiding it away in some museum won't change that. If we continue to do the same with everything that's upsetting, controversial, or in any other way off-putting, what kind of precedent are we setting, not only for ourselves, but for those that are to succeed us?
At what point does this social pre-occupation with political correctness become too great a thing? What message are we sending (not only to those around us, but to the global citizenry at large) if we are not free to make choices as to what we read, view, or voice on our own time? In this digital age where we're both more connected and disconnected than we've ever been, in cases such a those mentioned above, it's becoming all the more apparent that these "advancements" don't come without cost.
This sort of conduct exists in a moral grey area of many shades. On the one hand, we have to be hyper-vigilant and more aware than ever before regarding our digital footprint. On the other, this online thought-policing with real-world applications (and consequences) further blurs an already obscure line. At what point does this socially validated model of political correctness trump our First Amendment right? Have we as a society reached that point? Are we already too far gone?
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