(WJBK) - Is this the age of political correctness? The question is, are you offending someone when you are opening your mouth.
Are we ruder as a society, or have we gotten too sensitive? We are talking People 911 with Dr. Sabrina Jackson as we do every Tuesday.
"Oh my goodness, we are in the age of you are either being too offensive, or offended," Jackson said. "People really need to ask themselves a couple of questions - what is my intent of what I am saying when I say it. Am I being a little too offensive to the other person if you are making assumptions.
"Oh my gosh, please stop making assumptions. Whenever you make assumptions, we make it based on limited information."
Jackson said that in some cases awkward social interactions can be turned into teachable moments.
"Think about it, we really live in this space of a continuum of cultural competency," she said. "It isn't something you can just arrive at, it is something that we get on a continuum and we stay there because we are always learning about differences in each other.
"But you have to be open to learning about each other."
To hear more of the discussion, watch the video player above.