[noun] ...brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color
coined by psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce in 1970
UCLA even offers a tool for microaggressors to use so they will understand better the ignorant messages they are sending toall of those "people who are other." According to the document, what's important is for microaggressors to recognize when they have committed a microaggression. Most critical is the context of the relationship and situation. Then, microaggressors must terminate their highly objectionable conduct because it is offensive to all of those "people who are other."
Leaving UCLA in the dust, KGBT is reporting that a professor at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley required students on his class syllabus to “Please refrain from saying ‘God bless you' during classes and exams." Apparently, the professor believed this microaggression offended, at a minimum, some "people of other"--meaning, "of no faith" or perhaps even "athiests."
The university's academic administrators wouldn't speak on camera to KGBT but did release this statement:
The professor's syllabus sought to identify examples of potentially disruptive behavior the professor believed could hinder the classroom learning environment, including use of cellphones. The intent was not to limit the religious freedoms of UTRGV students, but to avoid unsolicited comments that might distract others.
Apparently, those university administrators understood this point well, "reaching out" to the professor who created the syllabus. Et voila: Immediately, the highly offensive statement was expunged from the syllabus. Furthermore, the professor promised to address "possible confusion" with students.
What's this "possible confusion"?
The issue is the professor's microaggression not possible confusion on the part of those "people of other." They're offended not confused.
Where's the social justice that the stormy petrels always demand when one of their "people of other" are similarly offended? The stormy petrels don't ever back down because some academic administrator says they might possibly be confused.
Why not send this professor to the same Gulag where others who commit such egregious microaggress are sent for reprogramming?
Let the discussion begin...
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