And this is the future -- for not only video games but movies as well: The people behind Furious 7's no-holds-barred adrenaline-fueled thrill-ride through the box office credit the movie's diversity with its success, saying that they'll factor that into their decisions about future "large-scale action epics." Political correctness is, in fact, good for business.
"PC People Are Trying To Rewrite History"
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This most recently became a big part of the "PC debate" with the argument surrounding the Confederate flag. People argue that the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern heritage that has been appropriated by racists, and that saying that people shouldn't fly it is a way to try to rewrite history by removing the symbol.
Except calling the Confederate flag a symbol of anything other than slavery is, in itself, rewriting history. As 100 million people have pointed out, there's absolutely no ambiguity as to why the Civil War was fought: The Northern states wanted to abolish slavery, and the Southern states didn't. The South started a war because they were willing to fight and die for what they believed in, and, yes, their "valor became legendary in military history," you creepy bastard, but what they believed in was owning other human beings. They believed in white supremacy. That's why they designed the flag and started the war in the first place.
Even the "it was fought over states' rights" argument is bunk, because states in the Confederacy had fewer rights than states in the union -- specifically, they weren't allowed to make slavery illegal.
Arguments about honoring the dead Confederate soldiers are potentially misguided because, according to this West Point history professor, defeating the Confederacy is the U.S. military's "finest hour," precisely because of the slavery thing. Flying a Confederate flag is the most anti-military, anti-patriotic thing you can fucking do. And yet the people who defend it are accusing everyone else of rewriting history.
Man, that's some tortured logic there. If I didn't know better, I'd say these people were just looking for an excuse to be assholes.
JF Sargent is an editor and columnist for Cracked who isn't afraid to get real and tell it like it is. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook unless you're a fucking pussy.
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