In case you haven’t noticed, the far left has taken control on the campuses of many American colleges and universities. This development hasn’t worked out well in a number of ways, but the effect on free speech has been particularly troubling.
The left doesn’t only want to stifle conservative speakers on campus, they want to control the very words you use.
One of the ways they do this is by accusing people of using microaggressions.
The University of Michigan-Flint has launched a website where "students who experience any form of bias or micro-aggressions whatsoever" can tattle on members of their community.
In a campus-wide email sent Tuesday afternoon (and shared with the Washington Examiner), UM-Flint staff announced the new website and encouraged students, faculty and staff to begin reporting. They can even do so anonymously. -Ashe Schow
The University of New Hampshire, which previously caused controversy after publishing a language guide claiming the word “American” was “problematic,” is now claiming that gender microaggressions are causing poverty and heart disease among women.
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A federal judge has decided that a lawsuit from a former University of Virginia School of Medicine student will be allowed to proceed on the grounds that his First Amendment rights may have been violated. Judge Norman K. Moon, a Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, wrote that ex-student Kieran Bhattacharya could seek relief "for retaliation in violation of his First Amendment right of free speech" allegedly committed by University of Virginia officials.
The plaintiff, Kieran Bhattacharya, claims in the lawsuit that he was suspended from school and banned from campus after he asked questions at a panel discussion about microaggressions.
Bhattacharya's lawsuit says he asked the speaker if one must be part of a marginalized group in order to receive a microaggression, how she would define a marginalized group, and if she had evidence beyond the anecdotes she had shared at the event.
From there, one faculty member filed a "Professionalism Concern Card" against Bhattacharya. The Assistant Dean for Medical Education emailed Bhattacharya asking to speak with him about his concerns regarding the event.
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Academia may have found yet another source of microaggression: wood paneling. According to one activist close to the University of Michigan, the walls of the historic Michigan Union building are “marginalizing” minority students, The College Fix reports... “minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling” that covers the walls in the century-old building.
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Students who avoid making eye contact with their peers could be guilty of racism, according to Oxford University’s latest guidance. The university’s Equality and Diversity Unit has advised students that “not speaking directly to people” could be deemed a “racial microaggression” which can lead to “mental ill-health”.
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Microaggression intervention at Illinois State University (ISU) all about stopping microaggressions at the source, before they can lead to a full-fledged insult. The College Fix reports that ISU is unveiling its “bystander training program on microaggressions” that will begin “later this year,” possibly in time for the fall/winter session.
The need for more “safe spaces” was also a consistent complaint. In a special microaggression session just for faculty members at ISU, one professor from the school of social work confessed to reading a student’s course assessment that revealed she was “drowning in a sea of whiteness.”
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So-called “Diversity Educators” are suffering from burnout due to the “emotional weight” of their jobs, according to a recent academic journal article published this week in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
The study, written by University of North Carolina-Charlotte professor Ryan Miller and six colleagues from the University of North Texas, interviewed seven interviewed diversity educators from a “predominantly white research institution” who claim that they suffer from “compassion fatigue,” “burnout,” and “racial battle fatigue” in their efforts to combat microaggressions on campus.
According to Miller, the burnout is caused by the diversity educators’ “consistent exposure to various microaggressions” from students who don’t see things their way. He notes that these microaggressions have been conceptualized by some scholars “as forms of assault and torture.”