I do believe that much of the impetus for this comes from Obama’s Education and DoJ Civil Rights Departments via that ugly monster of Title IX. In the innocence of its birth (1972), Title IX was seen as leveling the education sector for gender in addition to the standards already in place by the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
However in the almost half-century of its implementation, it has morphed into a regulatory environment used by the education activists to enforce their views upon willing schools to move the needle to the left. In particular, the Obama Administration, within the past year, issued a ‘letter’, advising all schools receiving Federal Funds, that failure to adhere to all the subtleties of Title IX would endanger such funding.
Micro-aggressions is a coined word for just such subtleties, i.e. behaviors that only the ‘victim’ feels when committed, perception as opposed to de facto action. Handbooks such as these seek to expand the set of offending behavior by compiling one person’s subjective offense upon another’s. WOWSERS, what a tower of ‘righteous’ indignation.
Subtle as swinging a baseball bat!