Liberals have a marketing and communication problem. Conservatives do too, but, theirs is in the moral consistency of their message and the actual viability of their ideas. With Liberals, specifically, there is a huge gap in the message intended and the message delivered. This is partially because of the consistent marketing work Conservatives have used to taint opposing thoughts, and partially because of how the echo-chambers of the internet work. This problem is exacerbated by those who consider themselves to be intellectuals in the space as well; one listen to a Sam Harris podcast and you'll hear over generalizations of "The Left" which, do nothing to help close the gap. Arguing deflected comments in abstract, instead of directly, undercuts your core argument by feeding delegitimate points.
I've attempted to highlight a few of these problems in conversations with people that disagree with me, politically, to find where the disconnect is. I tried to keep the convos around a few central points: White Privilege, Political Correctness, Labels.
White Privilege has nothing to do with money. White privilege has nothing to do with hard work. Hell, White Privilege actually has nothing to do with being privileged, at all. We are calling base levels of equality and representation, a privilege. These are not the same thing. It's not a privilege to be treated correctly. People aren't expecting more, they are expecting the same. Defining "normal" as a privilege sets the conversation up to be undermined. Keep the focus on the specific problems we have in inequality.
We aren't going to get anywhere with this conversation if people who are struggling only hear that "they have it better."
When people actually say "Political Correctness is ruining XXX" they are often too lazy to define the problem, not knowledgeable enough to, or uncomfortable communicating in depth on the topic.
When you say 'Political Correctness is ruining this country' I hear 'I want to call you a nigger, and all Muslims are terrorist' even IF you actually mean(best case scenario) 'I think there are some cultural and communication issues in the black community and I think radicalized Muslims are an issue specifically because of what the world looks like economically."
The term Political Correctness has been overused purposely to diffuse its definition and allow for people to get away without changing their opinion. It's now being subbed in for ignorance, over censorship, and oversensitivity. These aren't the same thing.
People are ignorant about Muslim communities but often comment on them. Educate them. If you can't, educate yourself.
People definitely mistake the right to speak, with the right to say anything without any consequences. Explain the difference, but don't get distracted. Often, this deflection is used to avoid that the content of what they are saying isn't rooted in facts.
People are often using causes as an excuse to be outraged when they don't represent what the cause stands for at all. Liberals need to call these folks out. In a polarized climate, single-source representation of an entire group happens often(Welcome to being black!), calling out those who are using legitimate causes to peddle nonsense justifies our stance. We all know a "feminist" or "patriot" who don't actually understand what either of those terms mean.
None of those things listed are Political Correctness. This type of misuse doesn't hold up to scrutiny. So, scrutinize.
Side note, this happens also with the term "Safe Space". I still haven't heard an argument against Safe Spaces that could legitimately explain why without abstract platitudes.
Everyone loves labels. It's an easy way to get distracted distance ourselves from groups, however, labels also make it harder to find common ground because of the hard lines drawn by imaginary definitions, especially in politics.
Oh, you're a Progressive, not a Liberal, because you don't want to be confused with anyone but a Bernie voter? Whatever. Cool.
You're Fiscally Conservative but Socially Liberal? Do you actually understand what that means? Not important.
You're a Libertarian and believe that free markets will fix everything and are trying to pretend that's not pure Republican ideology? Doesn't matter.
Still can't explain how any of the things you believe in will actually work, especially because history says otherwise? Bingo.These are the conversations we should be having. Everything else is noise.
With that, a few closing notes: Understanding nuance and context is invaluable. Communication issues don't mean compromising on your core values. Disagreement doesn't have to mean disrespect. The right result is more important than being right about the solution.