Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Occidental College wants to document all "microaggressions" in campus speech

Occidental College in Los Angeles wants students to help it build a “database” of “microaggressions” or statements that should not be acceptable on campus because they tend to add up to attitudes of discrimination against minorities.

Reason TV has a video where some students are interviewed about what could constitute “microaggressions”.

Examples of possible microaggressions include saying “Bless you” to a sneeze, saying “all lives matter”, or saying the most qualified person should be hired for a job or admitted to college without regard to race.
Students tended to waffle on the importance of free speech. One African American woman says that free speech usually comes from those already in power, and not everything said has equal weight.  How would that apply to my own books, blogs and social media sites? Some students seemed more interest in communal equality than freedom.  Maybe they should consider joining income-sharing intentional communities. Mention was made of the expectation of media-free zones.

University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe and his resignation got some attention.

I wondered if it would be a “microaggression” to say that I would not date or have a romantic relationship with someone of a different race.  Think how that be construed, if “passion” is taken to me a person’s own perception of virtue in another. 

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