University of California President Janet Napolitano has a new initiative aimed at teaching faculty and administrators how to avoid microaggressions. You know, those subconscious thoughts and statements that are intended to put down, demean, and ultimately offend someone else? Microaggressions come in many forms, but most can be summed as racist, sexist, or ethnic… and you don’t want to go there.
Take for instance the phrase “America is the land of opportunity.” You don’t want to say that anymore! Nope. It’s definitely a microaggression… because, you know, it’s only the land of opportunity for old, white guys, right? WRONG!
Other microaggression phrases:
“Where are you from?”
“Where were you born?”
“America is a melting pot.”
“I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”
People, we’re coming to the point where you can’t even have a conversation with anyone anymore. Which may actually be the whole point of this pretending to be offended at every slightest thing. If we’re all so offended by one another, those social justice freaks will never have to worry about us banding together and uprising ever again.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it say “you have the right never to be offended.” That would be impossible, 1. Because we’re human, and 2. Because free speech. If you haven’t noticed already, we don’t always agree on things… and we never will agree on everything. So someone is always going to offended by something.
If you’re that sensitive, you need to pack up your little microaggressions and find a nice cave or remote island where there are no other people. That’s the only way you have any HOPE of not being offended. But, now that I think about it… if you’re really that sensitive, you’ll probably end up offending yourself anyway, so why bother?
You can read the full story here. It’s worth the read and has some cool links to charts and other resources to see the full extent of this madness.
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