Today, Clint Eastwood said Republican candidate Donald Trump "has said a lot of dumb things", but that he's just speaking his mind, and we "need to get over it."  I wish he would have just spent the day alone with his chair instead of sharing his feelings with all of us.

"He's onto something because secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up," Eastwood said about Trump. "That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now. We're really in a pussy generation. Everybody's walking on eggshells."

I need to pause and sigh here for just a moment.

I need to acknowledge that my Grandfather, who passed away when I was 22 years old, would probably feel the same way.  I love him more than most on this planet, but I have to acknowledge he would say, "Yeah Clint! Did you hear that Kimmy? Finally!" 

Ok, I'm done pausing, because this really makes me angry.  I seriously don't know what, if any, influence I have over anyone who would side with Clint on this one, but I'm going to try.

When I hear we need to get back to the "good ol' days", it means something so different to me than to the person saying it. Those days were filled with racist, sexist, and 'elitist for white men' mentalities. 

We still have large groups of the population that believe minorities and women are the lesser humans. We still have people calling members of the LGTBQ community derogatory names I will not even type out, because they disgust me that much.
 
The difference today, is more people are rising up against that mentality.  More people feel confident they can defend themselves and others openly.  In other words, "We're not gonna take it! No, we ain't gonna take it!" (Sorry, I often break into song....)

Just like it's not fair to categorize women and minorities, it is not fair to categorize white men.  I know plenty who recognize the idea of "white privilege", believe it exists, and think it should come to an end.  I think that fact is also helping us shut down "the good ol' days".

Let me leave you with another quote and reaction to good ol' boy Clint:

"We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist," Eastwood added.

In Pekin, Illinois, a town just minutes from my hometown, their high school team was called the Pekin Chinks.  They had a skating rink I went to a few times called the Chink Rink. People in charge of Pekin said it was directly across Earth from Peking, China. So, the town was called Pekin, and for fun they threw in one of the most offensive words used to describe people of Chinese decent.

The team is no longer called that.  The rink is no longer called that.  Why? Because it was wrong then, but no one offended by the name had any power to speak up.

Hey Clint! The word was racist then, and it's racist now.  

We are not a kiss-ass generation.  We are a generation that actually cares about others.

Being "PC" is not a bad thing. I wish we could change the term to "being empathetic". What a great quality for people to have.  Or, how about, we're more educated? 

So, instead of being insulted about being too PC.... Let's brag about it!

Published by Kimberly Morrise