Inclusive Political Correctness: Not So Inclusive Or Correct?

My guest writer is multi-award winning Novelist Peter Canova, author of the First Souls Trilogy which includes the much-talked-about first book, Pope Annalisa. Today he shares his insights with you on Political Correctness and Religious Charitable Organizations.

Okay, so the situation was this– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was addressing people at a town hall meeting. A woman asked if the government could ease restrictions so religious charitable organizations could better express “the maternal love that will change the future of mankind.”

Now that is about as beautiful and progressive a sentiment as I could imagine, but not good enough for Trudeau. He proceeded to correct her language telling her “We like to say “peoplekind,” not necessarily ‘mankind,’ because it’s more inclusive” The crowd applauded Trudeau’s comments.

Your first reaction might be, “So what?” I agree it was a small incident, but given the backdrop of culture wars in western civilization, it has wider implications. A few observations—

  1. The woman was clearly a kind-hearted person, no sexist for sure given the quote above.
  2. Trudeau was rude and out of place. If he were so concerned about her language, he could have approached her after the forum instead of calling her out in public to flex his enlightened PC (Political Correct) muscles to gain brownie points with some audience lemmings.
  3. Why did no one defend this lady?
  4. And, who the hell is Trudeau to correct her speech anyway?
  5. People have a right to express themselves as they please. If someone is truly excessive, you can always ignore them.
  6. Since you cannot yet legislate how a person must talk, the Political Correctness “PC Police” try to race shame, sex shame, and word shame people into their chosen modes of belief and expression.
  7. Unless a word is blatantly offensive (and we can all distinguish that) and a person chooses to act offended, that’s their problem, get some duct tape to hold your fragile psyche together.
  8. [SIDEBAR GRIPE] Writing novels is a sideline for me. As an author, I use both the words humankind and mankind depending on the context or desired syntax. I would never use “peoplekind because it sounds plain stupid. C’mon, Justin, if you’re gonna be PC, at least be creative.
  9. The greatest ancient spiritual traditions of all cultures tell us to look at intention first, then actions, then words.
  10. I wish the enlightened, morally superior Politically Correct culture would get this straight—most people you disdain, say conservative or religious people, are good people and not so fundamentally different from you.

They have no intention of being racist, sexist, homophobic or deplorable (Hillary, take note). They may not talk like you, act like you, share your heightened sensitivities, but when it comes down to personal relations they are good people. If friction exists, it’s more because they are tired of Hollywood, the media and self-declared, morally superior PC stooges telling them what to say, what to believe, and how to think.

Just sayin’ . . ..

Thank you, Peter Canova, for sharing your insights with us concerning political correctness and religious charitable organizations in the arena of world events.

As the reader of this article, if you have any insights, suggestions, or responses you would like to share with the readership or Mr. Canova, please do so in the comments section below.

We’d love to hear from you!



Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is the co-author of Dreams That Can Save Your Life and three-time cancer survivor. Her dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™, Kat Kanavos Show, Internationally Syndicated Columnist in BIZCATALYST 360°, Dream Columnist in New Earth Chronicles, and Positive Tribe Magazine, Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach who taught Special Ed & Psychology @US, and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance. Kat is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.


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Bharat Mathur
Bharat Mathur

Thank You, Kathleen, for sharing Peter’s ‘Open Letter’ that shows how and where one person’s insensitivity could create inexplicable turmoil challenging others’ intelligence.

Power does not give anybody the right to throw cuation to the wind. Let us not forget the words of wisdom: “Praise in Public and Admonish in Private.”

Maria Lehtman
Maria Lehtman

It is wonderful that people are starting to be ‘awoke’ but I have a hard time seeing where the rephrasing will end. Mankind was never meant to be a word to indicate gender, but people i.e. humans. We have a whole lot of dictionary rewriting to do if we take the ‘man’ i.e. newer version of ‘human’ out of all the words. The context is what matters and the more influence the person has the more I would expect them to be sensitive to the situation, person, personality, atmosphere, and context. It puts the person who asked the question in a very uncomfortable situation. Peoplekind, as far as I know, is not yet in any other than the urban dictionary, thanks to this linguistic modernizing dialogue. :)

Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos

Maria, Peoplekind, ya’ gotta love it. Thanks so much for your comment.



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