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Posted on 11/27/2013 5:03:37 AM PST by SJackson
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UCLA Accused of Racial Micro-Aggression
Posted By Mark Tapson On November 27, 2013 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments
About 25 graduate students of color staged a sit-in in professor Val Rusts UCLA classroom recently, alleging that there is a toxic racial climate in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. As partial evidence of that poisonous climate, they complained that the grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals are a form of racial micro-aggression.
The demonstration stemmed from a new report stating that UCLAs policies and procedures dont sufficiently address racial discrimination among the universitys faculty. The organizers alleged several examples, unspecified in the Daily Bruin article, in which minority students faced challenges and micro-aggressions from professors. Nora Cisneros, one of the sit-in participants, said they chose to protest Rusts class because he doesnt encourage a climate where students of color can discuss issues of race openly.
This seems a curious accusation, since one of his areas of teaching expertise is ethnic issues in international perspective. Several of Rusts current and former students said they thought it was unfair to target him, because he is a supporter of intercultural learning, whatever that is, and that he was being used as a scapegoat for much larger issues. Grad student Emily Le said, It is disturbing that students would make such unfounded accusations based on misperceptions of what they believe as racism. Disturbing perhaps, but unsurprising considering that racism today exists wherever it suits anyone to see it.
Rust himself believes that the demonstrators have legitimate concerns and that the department should organize a town hall meeting to begin a dialogue. Perhaps that dialogue could begin by addressing why graduate students at a major university in the Department of Education and Information Studies, remember need to have their grammar and spelling corrected, and why that correction constitutes racism. Rust said, I have attempted to be rather thorough on the papers and am particularly concerned that they do a good job with their bibliographies and citations, and these students apparently dont feel that is appropriate. They dont feel its appropriate because they are exploiting their self-designated victim status as an excuse to avoid being held to the departments stated high academic standard.
In case youve been blissfully ignorant until now of this term micro-aggression, the UCLA report defines it as subtle verbal and nonverbal insults directed toward non-whites, often done automatically and unconsciously. They are layered insults based on ones race, gender, class, sexuality, language, immigration status, phenotype, accent, or surname. It was coined in 1970 by a psychiatrist to describe acts of racism so subtle that neither the perpetrator nor the victim is even fully conscious of what is happening. The invisibility of racial microaggressions may be more harmful to people of color than hate crimes or the overt and deliberate acts of White supremacists such as the Klan and Skinheads, writes Dr. Derald Wing Sue, author of the influential Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation.
So, unconscious racism that goes unnoticed by both parties is more of a danger than actual lynching got that? (If you want to see to what ludicrous degree this phantom threat can be carried, check out this McGill University op-ed by the school papers Health and Education editor, Ralph Haddad. He accuses Movember, the annual month-long campaign in which men raise awareness of, and funds for, mens health issues by growing mustaches, of racist, sexist, and transphobic micro-aggression.)
Apparently such micro-aggression is a greater concern among the race-obsessed left than the macro-aggression of, say, the knockout game, currently a trend among roving gangs of black youth who target random, unsuspecting whites or Jews with sometimes murderous violence. But never mind that; the outrage of these racist spelling corrections must be addressed.
Critics of this theory, such as Kenneth R. Thomas, PhD, of the University of WisconsinMadison, point out that it enforces a victim mentality by creating problems where none exist: The theory, in general, characterizes people of color as weak and vulnerable, and reinforces a culture of victimization instead of a culture of opportunity.
Another problem with the theory of racial micro-aggression is that it assumes whites and only whites are irredeemably racist even in their most casual, unconscious words or actions. Theyre racist even when theyre consciously striving not to be. Nothing whites can do or say or think about race is ever good enough. They are expected to seek forgiveness for this by humiliating themselves in white privilege workshops, while other races openly express pride in their own colors and cultures. And they are not allowed to correct the grammar or spelling of non-white graduate students who should have mastered both before they left high school.
At the sit-in, victimized graduate student Cisneros read a letter written collectively by several students which described the class and the grad school in general as being an unsafe climate for students of color. Students took turns sharing their personal experiences. Alma Flores tearfully declared, As a woman of color, I should not have to get up every single day to have my identity questioned I am tired of it. Im tired, and it hurts me so much. (The Daily Bruin article about the protest is unclear as to how her identity is questioned every single day, or how she is unsafe.)
This is all, of course, an extension of the cultural Marxism of political correctness, the wielding of language as a weapon against the established order. Islamophobia, Israeli apartheid, micro-aggression the radical left has a genius for such neologisms. The way to defuse these linguistic weapons is simply to refuse to legitimize them, and they will cease to have power. When Professor Rust corrects the grammar and spelling of insufficiently literate graduate students, for example, neither he nor the department nor the school should be cowed by trumped-up accusations of racist micro-aggression. The intellectual standards are the same for everyone end of story.
Once we as a society stop submitting to the tyranny of feelings, as I call it bullying by those who wrap themselves in a false mantle of victimhood then we can get on to the serious business of combating racial macro-aggression and making our streets safe again.
You know what?
So the yutes want a curve for their ebonic’s usage do they? They voluntarily attended the college to get an education. They need to conform to the college’s requirements; not the other way around. I think Obamanism has spread like a cancer among them. They think they are entitled to whtever they want or demand or they throw a tantrum.
Some people can never stop complaining.
I had to look the word up. I admit to never having heard it before:
ne·ol·o·gism [nee-ol-uh-jiz-uhm] Show IPA
a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words.
a new doctrine, especially a new interpretation of sacred writings.
Psychiatry. a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker: occurring most often in the speech of schizophrenics.
We'll never get over this RACISM! BS until we accept what it is and then reply to our accusers with "So what!"
Interesting that they picked this particular hill to die on.
Time to restart the Back-To-Africa movement. It ran from 1816 to about 1965.
So if they cave, the class is useless.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT BEING OFFENDED.
It’s about making people jump through hoops
and about asserting supremacy and the “right” not to be criticized in any way.
Ok, I have to ask; what is a phenotype?
The point of the Civil Rights MOvement was to have blacks treated in society EQUAL TO EVERYONE ELSE.
Give them the assignment and be quiet.
If they don’t do it, they fail.
JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!
That is equal.
They want their bad English to be accepted as good. They want their bad behavior to be accepted as good. They want their bad morals to be accepted as good. They want their low IQ to be accepted as good. They want their lawbreaking to be free of prosecution.
They want it all, paid for by those eeeevvviiiilllll White devil ‘oppressors’.
Oh yeah. I really, really wish this article had included some of what was corrected in these dissertation proposals. I would bet real money we'd get to see some outstanding grammatical and syntactical errors. Some real Doozies I'll bet.
The physical expression of genetic information.
Two plants could have different genes for an expressed quality, one with two dominant genes and the other with a dominant and recessive gene,
but they’d express the same physical characteristic (phenotype).
Um...a type of printing press used by xenomorphs?
No, it wasn’t, the point was to create a slippery slope that results in the perceived victims wielding the whip hand by insulating them from any criticism whatsoever.
Don’t believe me?
These students of “education” are in reality a bunch of full colons.
It's mysterious, it's everywhere, it's White Privilege. You can't see it, you can't touch it, but it's all-pervasive and worthy of dozens of grants to fully research...