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University of Virginia: American Identity the ‘Most Blatant Microaggression’ of All

scared-woman  University of Virginia: American Identity the ‘Most Blatant Microaggression’ of All scared womanManaging Microaggressions” is the latest event to hit the University of Virginia, where students can learn how not to poke fun at people’s food or clothing choices and can share the most traumatic human rights abuses they’ve experienced on campus.  Rob Shimshock at CampusReform reports on the latest insanity. Among the worst microagressions one can experience, according to students, is simply being “American.”   After all, didn’t you know the U.S. “has decided to take it upon itself to identify as an entire hemisphere [and that is] the most blatant microaggression in the context of this country.”  [1] The event, which was hosted by the Queer Student Union, was described as an opportunity for students to tell “stories of microaggressions they have experienced in their lives and [frame] them inside of the larger forces of their respective worlds, such as identity, culture, and others.”  A Hispanic student from the School of Education began by declaring that “I refuse to take up [the] identity” of “American” because “this country has decided to take it upon itself to identify as an entire hemisphere,” which he called “the most blatant microaggression in the context of this country.”  Instead of American, the student said he identifies as Latinx, queer, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and from Southern California. Later, recounting the time he told his mother he was queer, he noted her response of “I love you. Do you need to speak to a counselor?” “as if though my sexuality’s…some mental health problem that I had to deal with.” A female Muslim student in a hijab later claimed she had been told “no one’s going to be physically attracted to you; isn’t that the point of the headscarf?” and “how do we know you’re a girl? You’re probably bald under there.” During the dialogue period, students were instructed to introduce themselves and their pronouns, “use ‘I’ statements,” and “follow proper turn-taking procedure (wait for 2 people to talk in between the times you speak and speak again).”  At Campus Reform’s table, one student noted that “a lot of older white men” speak to her in ways she deems “disrespectful.” Another said “I’m not gonna lie; when I see somebody who looks like a stereotypical frat brother, I get scared to share certain things.” [2]

CampusReform also asked students how they felt about politically incorrect jokes targeting race or gender. Some students reportedly think jokes are alright as long as they “punch up.”  When asked about the Charlie Hebdo shooting and cartoons of Mohammad, one student said “if people are being degraded by these stereotypes and they’re uncomfortable with it, I think that’s enough reason to not use it and I’m just very uncomfortable with the tendency to immediately just start picking apart Islam.”  When will parents wake up and realize that this is what they are spending a fortune (or what their children are going into student-loan debt) for. [2]

A “Bias-Free Language Guide” posted on the University of New Hampshire website which made headlines last year asserts that the word “American” is “problematic” because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].”  Other discouraged words and phrases included, “obese,” “normal,” “mothering,” “fathering,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” and “senior citizens.”  According to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, using the term “politically correct” as a pejorative is also a politically incorrect “microaggression”.  In July last year we also reported on how the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) was teaching faculty members that all manner of harmless behaviors and phrases were examples of “racial microaggressions.”  Examples included; Asking someone where they are from or where they were born, telling someone they speak good English, telling someone that you have several black friends, saying that you’re not a racist, and complimenting an Asian person by telling them they are very articulate. [2]

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[2] Paul Joseph Watson, UVA Student: Identifying as “American” is a Microaggression, Infowars, May 10, 2016
[3] Rob Shimshock, UVA student: ‘American’ identity ‘the most blatant microaggression’, Campus Reform, May 09, 2016 at 11:21 AM EDT

 

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