People become frightened when there’s a possibility of losing their job. I’ve seen otherwise strong and opinionated people melt during “diversity training” and repeat things they knew to be untrue. Political Correctness is a form of totalitarianism. It’s a form of bullying, and just like the bullies we remember from childhood, it will only back down if you stand up to it.
It often needs only the power of words to frighten people into subservience (homophobia, racism, sexism, bigotry....). If you’ve ever noticed, even on anonymous internet forums the forces of PC get enormous mileage from these words. But if you stand your ground and don’t back down, the PC bullies will become confused and disoriented. Because without the mythical power those words wield, there is no intellectual basis for Political Correctness. On this issue, for example, there is no logical argument for homosexuality. There is no positive case to be made for it.
The problem is so dire now because we’ve let it grow so large. Instead of stopping this nonsense in its formative years, too many conservatives tried to be “nice” and appeased the bullies. Now the bullies are moving into position to actually get people fired, fined, or jailed for dissent.
IMO we started down this kangaroo court and legislation banning un PC speech slippery slope, when folks gave homosexuals the benefit of the doubt and allowed them to be elected into office. Now there are so many in the US, right down to the town level, they are dictating policy.
They are even now in the “big tent”, bringing that party left. It is a frightening time, prayers have never been more needed at any point in history. And yet still, people will continue to promote liberals for office. America need a good swift kick you know where, and a serious wake up call! As does Canada.