Is saying 'the most qualified person should get the job' a 'microaggression?' College students think it is if the most qualified person isn't a minority.
Reason TV visited Occidental's campus to find out what exactly constitutes a microaggression.
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The video description quotes a professor who describes it as “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”
College students believed that phrases such as “God Bless You” and “All Lives Matter” to be considered microaggressions.
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They even thought that telling a black student he or she was articulate was a microaggression.
One student told Reason TV that the government should limit Donald Trump's speech. Another called free speech “a rhetorical device used by the privileged against the oppressed.”
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A black student in a Batman shirt did, however, defend free speech fairly well. “As long as there's no threat or violence involved, but other than that I don't think there should be a regulation on that.”
Harika Reddy from United for Black Liberation was the most opposed to free speech. “Free speech only enables hate speech,” she said after insisting only white males benefit from free speech.
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