During an event hosted by the Queer Student Union at the University of Virginia, one student asserted that identifying as “American” was a microaggression.
Entitled “Managing Microaggressions,” the event encouraged students to relate “stories of microaggressions they have experienced in their lives.”
“A Hispanic student from the School of Education began by declaring that “I refuse to take up [the] identity” of “American” because “this country has decided to take it upon itself to identify as an entire hemisphere,” which he called “the most blatant microaggression in the context of this country,”writes Rob Shimshock.
The student insisted on identifying as “Latinx, queer, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and from Southern California,” before also chastising people who criticized his taste in food.
“My taste, whether it’s my orientation or my food are mine….You’re insulting the taste of the people that I grew up with…an entire subculture…an entire people that you don’t even know exist,” said the student.
Another student at the event publicly shamed her “closest” friend for telling her to drop her strong Latino accent for a job interview at a law firm.
The expansion of alleged “microaggressions” is another way in which the left is using political correctness to chill free speech.
A “Bias-Free Language Guide” posted on the University of New Hampshire website which made headlines last year asserts that the word “American” is “problematic” because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].”
Other discouraged words and phrases included, “obese,” “normal,” “mothering,” “fathering,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” and “senior citizens.”
According to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, using the term “politically correct” as a pejorative is also a politically incorrect “microaggression”.
In July last year we also reported on how the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) was teaching faculty members that all manner of harmless behaviors and phrases were examples of “racial microaggressions.”
Examples included; Asking someone where they are from or where they were born, telling someone they speak good English, telling someone that you have several black friends, saying that you’re not a racist, and complimenting an Asian person by telling them they are very articulate.
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