Our word of the day is “microaggression”, defined as “everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults” based off an individual’s minority status. But if that doesn’t help, I’ve plucked some examples from a diversity handbook.
If you said, “Hey, you’re Asian! Can you tell us what the Japanese think about our trade policies?” Or, “Hey, you’re Latino and you don’t speak Spanish? You should be ashamed of yourself!”, those are microaggressions.
Saying such stupid things, even if your intent isn’t to purposefully create aggression, is apparently what occurs to the minorities who hear such statements.
University profs can also behave in a way that causes students to experience microaggressions, like continually mispronouncing a student’s name, or setting a test or project due-date that coincides with a religious or cultural holiday.
Now that we’re all up to speed on what microaggressions are, how do we fix this terrible problem afflicting members of Generation Snowflake?
Well, the University of Arizona has published a 20-page booklet on how to fast-track the communication of, and subsequent apologies for, microaggressions.
A student who has suffered a microaggression due to an inadvertently insensitive remark, should yell, “OUCH!” and the offender who caused the microaggression should immediately apologize by exclaiming, “OOPS!”
And don’t ask why the remark was insensitive or phobic or racist or whatever.
Upon hearing “Ouch”, immediately say, “Oops,” with no additional queries lest you trigger more microaggressions.
This “Ouch/Oops” policy is yet another example of how a bastion of higher learning devolves into a glorified daycare thanks to the virus of political correctness and the campus snowflakes who embrace it.