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The Big Topic on Campus: Racial ‘Microaggressions’
NT Times ^ | 3/21/2014

Posted on 03/21/2014 4:46:47 PM PDT by Altura Ct.

A tone-deaf inquiry into an Asian-American’s ethnic origin. Cringe-inducing praise for how articulate a black student is. An unwanted conversation about a Latino’s ability to speak English without an accent.

This is not exactly the language of traditional racism, but in an avalanche of blogs, student discourse, campus theater and academic papers, they all reflect the murky terrain of the social justice word du jour — microaggressions — used to describe the subtle ways that racial, ethnic, gender and other stereotypes can play out painfully in an increasingly diverse culture.

On a Facebook page called “Brown University Micro/Aggressions” a “dark-skinned black person” describes feeling alienated from conversations about racism on campus. A digital photo project run by a Fordham University student about “racial microaggressions” features minority students holding up signs with comments like “You’re really pretty … for a dark-skin girl.” The “St. Olaf Microaggressions” blog includes a letter asking David R. Anderson, the college’s president, to address “all of the incidents and microaggressions that go unreported on a daily basis.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New York
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1 posted on 03/21/2014 4:46:47 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

In before the “That’s Racist!” gif.


2 posted on 03/21/2014 4:51:27 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Altura Ct.

Most popular course at Brown: Entitlement Ebonics


3 posted on 03/21/2014 4:51:41 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Altura Ct.

4 posted on 03/21/2014 4:52:49 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Altura Ct.

How about, “You’re okay for a white guy.”? Is that a “microagression”?

As an employer, I’ve always hired folks for their skills and character, uncaring about irrelevant personal attributes. Over the years, I’ve hired plenty of black folks. I don’t know how many. Never took a count. I’ve had more than one tell me, after some time, that they’d come to like me and think well of me, and that, “You’re okay for a white guy.”


5 posted on 03/21/2014 4:55:57 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Altura Ct.

First they loudly laud the “Tossed salad instead of the dreaded Melting Pot”. “We’re not just individuals, we’re ethnic groups...”

And you roll your eyes. But then finally you just throw up your hands and accept it:

Then they scream about how you RECOGNIZE the different groups, and how THAT is bad.

The point is they’ll scream one way or another.

So who cares?


6 posted on 03/21/2014 5:04:02 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Altura Ct.

‘Microaggressions’

Wasn’t that in an Orwell novel?


7 posted on 03/21/2014 5:06:25 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Altura Ct.
Cringe-inducing praise for how articulate a black student is.

Joe Biden?

8 posted on 03/21/2014 5:07:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Altura Ct.

I just finished watching _Frozen_ again. The popular line fits this thread: “Let it go, let it go...”


9 posted on 03/21/2014 5:08:12 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: ctdonath2

The problem is that the Perpetual Grievance Industry cannot let it go. They need a constant state of outrage or grievance in order to maintain the cushy positions.


10 posted on 03/21/2014 5:13:11 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Altura Ct.

“Anti-racism” is nothing but a fraud, nothing but anti-white.


11 posted on 03/21/2014 5:14:16 PM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Micro Aggression Breeds Macro Contempt and Bitterness?

how FAIR is THAT?


12 posted on 03/21/2014 5:14:48 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ("Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchil)
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To: Altura Ct.

Joe Biden’s “storybook” line about his boss certainly meets this criteria.


13 posted on 03/21/2014 5:19:03 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: sitetest

or any compliment about how not a racist you are for a white person.

or for a cracker you’re pretty cool.

or that you can dance. or play b-ball.

or being the next ‘comtestant’ in the knockout game a bunch of black thugs are playing.


14 posted on 03/21/2014 5:29:53 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Army Air Corps
The problem is that the Perpetual Grievance Industry cannot let it go. They need a constant state of outrage or grievance in order to maintain the cushy positions.

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well." - Booker T. Washington

15 posted on 03/21/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: KarlInOhio

He was insightful and prescient.


16 posted on 03/21/2014 5:38:14 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Altura Ct.
microaggressions — used to describe the subtle ways that racial, ethnic, gender and other stereotypes can play out painfully

No, no, no! That definition is incorrect!

A "microaggression" is simply something a minority doesn't like. It's a way to turn EVERYTHING into a grievance. And notice the "aggression" part; it implies a level of violence is being directed against the "victim." All the better to get everybody all riled up.

A class is scheduled too early, or maybe it's scheduled too late. That's a microaggression! And the administration had better change things fast!

The cafeteria has too many hot foods, or maybe not enough hot foods. That's a microaggression! And the administration had better change things fast!

And round and round it goes until America breaks apart.

17 posted on 03/21/2014 5:40:09 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: FReepers
No Guilt

No Apologies

No Exceptions


18 posted on 03/21/2014 5:40:59 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Altura Ct.

Is the knock out “game” microaggression” or does it not rise to that serious level?


19 posted on 03/21/2014 5:48:57 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: Altura Ct.

That’s right, wallow in that racial grievance....roll in it....lather it aaaalllll the way up to your chin and then take a big nosedive in and SWIM in it.

They can shove their “microaggressions.” I’m more concerned about black punks’ macroagressions that leave whitey bleeding or dead in the street.


20 posted on 03/21/2014 5:50:57 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: sitetest

so if I encounter a white guy with an obvious european accent... it’s racist to ask where they are from?

or does this only work with people with darker skin ?


21 posted on 03/21/2014 5:52:56 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Leaning Right
And round and round it goes until America breaks apart.

Can't happen soon enough.

22 posted on 03/21/2014 6:00:05 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Altura Ct.

Microaggressions?

Just live in the south and read the New York Times and you will get a real good understanding of what it means.


23 posted on 03/21/2014 6:03:00 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Altura Ct.

These morons don’t even have the brains to realize they they caused this. People actually think they are paying a compliment but to the progressive mind everything is an insult and is deemed offensive.


24 posted on 03/21/2014 6:05:01 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: sitetest

“Yo, you jump ayite fo a cracka mofo. I gon stick yo ass.” </micro>


25 posted on 03/21/2014 6:18:54 PM PDT by Blogatron (Racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, denier, polluterÂ… not timmid of your invective.)
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To: Altura Ct.
EVERYTHING IS RACIST!
EVERYTHING IS RACIST THROUGHOUT HISTORY!
EVERYTHING IS RACIST AND YOU BETTER AGREE!


26 posted on 03/21/2014 6:21:14 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: aposiopetic
In before the “That’s Racist!” gif.

Yup.


27 posted on 03/21/2014 6:23:29 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: sitetest

“...they’d come to like me and think well of me, and that, “You’re okay for a white guy.”

I am curious about whether you responded, and if so, how and how it was received? If they were still your employee, it is understandable if such a comment was left hanging out there.


28 posted on 03/21/2014 6:28:52 PM PDT by Susquehanna Patriot (U Think Leftist/Liberals Still Believe That Dissent = Highest Form of Patriotism?)
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To: Altura Ct.

There is a reason to stay off campuses these days. Whenever I get out of the Athletic Departments where I generally work, really just nod and grunt because it’s so easy to piss off someone these days.


29 posted on 03/21/2014 6:39:09 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

In a $60 cab ride from JFK to manhattan I asked the driver with a heavy Indian accent where he was from. He snarled and said....America. So for his nastiness I gave him zero tip. I felt better and maybe he learned a lesson in politeness.


30 posted on 03/21/2014 6:49:21 PM PDT by Josa
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To: Altura Ct.

Jesus was into micro-aggression. Twice that we know of. He engaged in banter with the Syrophenician woman and with the Samaritan woman. This showed real friendship. That’s what the liberal want to prevent. They want us to be segregated from each other, to always be on our tip-toes, like God forbid I should do something wrong.


31 posted on 03/21/2014 7:55:00 PM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: Altura Ct.

I’m waiting for the uproar that ensues once they start to uncover nanoaggressions.


32 posted on 03/21/2014 8:42:24 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Susquehanna Patriot
Dear Susquehanna Patriot,

I'd reply, “How would you feel if I said, ‘you're okay... for a black person’?”

They'd say back, without any evidence of understanding, “That’d be racist.”

I live in a very diverse metropolitan area. I grew up with all sorts of different people. At home, I was taught to judge folks by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. It took me a long time to figure out that I was playing with one set of rules, and other folks were playing with a different one, one where color of skin was quite important.

Quite a disappointment.


sitetest

33 posted on 03/21/2014 8:43:55 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Josa

I find this hard to believe that people could actually be offended by that.

When I travel overseas I LOVE it when people ask where I am from! In fact, I would be almost insulted if they didn’t mention it!


34 posted on 03/21/2014 8:44:51 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
...take a big nosedive in and SWIM in it.

Wait a minute, now! Didn't Jimmy the Greek say they CAN'T swim?

35 posted on 03/21/2014 8:48:28 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Altura Ct.
...a “dark-skinned black person” describes feeling alienated from conversations about racism on campus.

Bummer - tough to be offended with racist comments if nobody will talk about race around you. OTH, there's always something to be offended about - like folks trying to not offend you....

36 posted on 03/22/2014 5:16:37 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: gaijin

—— we’re ethnic groups——

What that really means is that the topic here is not racism, it is culturism.

I am not a racist as some here believe, I am a culturist. I observe cultures and subcultures. Comments and criticisms are reflections of what I see and what exists.


37 posted on 03/22/2014 5:31:25 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: raybbr

I had a rude awakening the other day. A fellow Marine who is Latino, was commenting about politics and how national leaders weren’t representing them began to denigrate the Tea Party.

I explained to him the Tea Party was a grass roots movement set to address that issue, when he then stated the Tea Party was bigoted because it didn’t do enough to attract brown skinned people into its party.

Simply being equal isn’t enough from their perspective.

Many of these minorities believe they should only support political groups if there is a payback in free goods and services. He then went on to lambast Fox news and anything conservative and used the telltale phrase, since the people elected Obama, the rest of the country needs to ‘just get over it’ and accept the changes like Obamacare.

The real problem is rejecting God and His Plan. A little bit of leaven, leavens the whole loaf. People who were conservative Republicans some 30 years ago but who reject God, are migrating into an entirely ‘unAmerican’, relative morality ethic, and now simply answer criticism with, ‘just get over it” responses.


38 posted on 03/22/2014 5:49:20 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

LOL!


39 posted on 03/22/2014 7:51:54 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Altura Ct.
The article mentions The Microagressions Project (www.microagressions.com), so I thought I'd visit and get an idea about what constituted a 'microagression.' Some were obvious, but I came across curious examples.

Here, we have one person who senses microagression, in part, because Barack Obama is referred to as black rather than as bi-racial. Another oppressed individual is a victim of microagression because he or she is referred to as 'hearing-impaired' rather that 'deaf' or 'hard of hearing.'

Am I the only one who knows, not believes, but knows, that somewhere else another victim of 'microagression' is upset because he or she is reminded that Barack Obama is bi-racial rather than black, or is called deaf rather than hearing impaired?

40 posted on 03/22/2014 10:56:45 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Altura Ct.
The article mentions The Microagressions Project (www.microagressions.com), so I thought I'd visit and get an idea about what constituted a 'microagression.' Some were obvious, but I came across curious examples.

Here, we have one person who senses microagression, in part, because Barack Obama is referred to as black rather than as bi-racial. Another oppressed individual is a victim of microagression because he or she is referred to as 'hearing-impaired' rather that 'deaf' or 'hard of hearing.'

Am I the only one who knows, not believes, but knows, that somewhere else another victim of 'microagression' is upset because he or she is reminded that Barack Obama is bi-racial rather than black, or is called deaf rather than hearing impaired?

41 posted on 03/22/2014 10:56:45 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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