TRIGGER WARNING: Wherein I deride the idea of micro-aggression.
For John, BLUF: This is going to set us back a long ways. Not even in the Victorian Era was there such sensitivity. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From PJ Media and Writer Debra Heine we have "Totalitarianism on Campus: UC Professors Instructed Not to Say ‘America is the Land of Opportunity’". She quotes:
“America is the land of opportunity,” “There is only one race, the human race” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are among a long list of alleged microaggressions faculty leaders of the University of California system have been instructed not to say.UC President Janet Napolitano has been ill advised in this. Bless her little heart. She is a Democrat.
These so-called microaggressions – considered examples of subconscious racism – were presented at faculty leader training sessions held throughout the 2014-15 school year at nine of the 10 UC campuses. The sessions, an initiative of UC President Janet Napolitano, aim to teach how to avoid offending students and peers, as well as how to hire a more diverse faculty.
At the gatherings, deans and department chairs across the UC system have been instructed to be careful using (read: instructed not to use) phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity” or even use forms that provide only “male” and “female” check boxes, among a long litany of supposed microaggressions listed in a document underlying the “Faculty Leadership Seminars.”
One of the items that is seen as micro-aggression is asking someone where they are from. Funnily enough I think that is a good ice breaker because most folks are proud of where they are from. I am.♠ Aren't you?
This kind of thing is going to be very bad for the nation. A hundred years ago women didn't show their ankles because it would be risqué. Today we dare not talk about a woman's ankles for fear of violating some sensibility, for fear of some micro-aggression.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Originialy from Johnstown, PA, graduated High School in Long Beach, California (our 55th reunion for R A Millikan High School is this fall) and now from Lowell, Mass (no, not Boston.