April 25, 2017

Oxford University says students who don't make eye contact could be racist

Mike GwilliamRebel Columnist

Remember when higher education wasn't so maddening?

Oxford University's Equality and Diversity Unit has told students that “not speaking directly to people” could be considered a “racial microaggression” and lead to mental health issues.

The school says that asking where someone is originally from is also considered “everyday racism”. Because being curious about someone's background is apparently super rude.

According to The Telegraph, the Equality and Diversity Unit explains in its Trinity term newsletter that “some people who do these things may be entirely well-meaning, and would be mortified to realise that they had caused offence.”

“But this is of little consequence if a possible effect of their words or actions is to suggest to people that they may fulfil a negative stereotype, or do not belong,” they added.

Dr Joanna Williams, a lecturer in higher education the University of Kent called the guidance “completely ridiculous”.

“Essentially people are being accused of a thought crime,” she said. “They are being accused of thinking incorrect thoughts based on an assumption of where they may or may not be looking.”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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commented 2017-04-27 13:41:13 -0400
A decision which is racist in itself. These idiots need to learn about cultures before making such judgments. Traditionally,Hispanics when showing respect do not make eye contact but make it when they are hostel and challenging you. Their policy declares all Hispanics racists due to a longstanding cultural attribute. What fools.
commented 2017-04-26 04:05:16 -0400
Under the progressive’s criteria of what makes one a racist it’s impossible not to be a racist.
commented 2017-04-25 20:12:03 -0400
This is utterly ridiculous!
Some cultures direct eye contact is considered rude, but that aside, there are many reasons why someone may avoid eye contact that does not make them a racist. When you look and scour everywhere to find racists, you may find some real racists but mostly in the absence of that you find people to label as racist as you stretch the definition just to find more racism to eliminate.

Can we kill the social justice and virtue signalling so we can fix our country already?
commented 2017-04-25 18:03:09 -0400
There are cultures that consider direct eye contact rude and offensive. So in the hierarchy of clueless political correctness, do these cultures count for nought? Or do we have to ascertain before interaction whether eye contact is culturally acceptable to them? But to do so, doesn’t that mean we have to ascertain where they are from by asking?

Too be honest, I would love to ask where idiots like the Diversity and Equality Unit are from. The term’unit’ does suggest a mental health ward.
commented 2017-04-25 17:00:33 -0400
Oxford University’s “guidance” on this is ridiculous. As others have said, there are more logical reasons why some people do not make regular eye contact. Assuming a person is racist is just wrong.
There are people on the autism spectrum who do not make eye contact, or find it difficult to maintain eye contact.
I think there are some people in this world looking for any cause to be offended, they have the problem!
commented 2017-04-25 15:43:58 -0400
“Oxford University says students who don’t make eye contact could be racist”

Or just shy. But being shy does not fit the current “must-find-a-racist-under-every-rock-and-in-every-corner” narrative.
commented 2017-04-25 15:35:30 -0400
Better just to text them
commented 2017-04-25 14:59:08 -0400
… and if you look they ask what are you staring at?
commented 2017-04-25 14:23:35 -0400
Hey Oxford this is culturally insensitive to Japanese people.
commented 2017-04-25 14:22:02 -0400
Henry Reardon you pretty much sum it up, it will be some sort of offense no matter what you do when it come to the SJW buffoons.
Louise Leborgne well said, this crap never ends, people just need to be themselves.
commented 2017-04-25 14:08:01 -0400
Nothing to worry about people. Oxford and Berkeley are only graduating our future business and government leaders, nothing to loose any sleep over. How could that go wrong? It’ll all be fine, honest…
commented 2017-04-25 13:55:01 -0400
People getting in our faces with BS is ongoing. I don’t care what the “could be” theory says, I am going to be as I am.
commented 2017-04-25 13:54:15 -0400
I’m betting that Oxford University also considers it a micro-aggression to look at the person you’re talking to. And if they don’t, they’ll soon come to that way of thinking. After all, if you look at the person, you could be imagining them naked, which would be sexist, or thinking of them in some foreign setting, which would be racist/Islamophobic or whatever.

Under the regime of SJWs, it is possible – and, indeed, inevitable – for everything to be (or become) a crime. Or at least a thought-crime. Governments haven’t actually put people in jail for such things in large numbers yet but it’s painfully clear that the more unhinged SJWs are itching to do exactly that. After all, M-103 is supposed to lead to major changes in the way the government does business and you can bet that offending Islam will soon be an actual crime. Some activists have already called for prison sentences for climate change deniers. Surely failing to look at someone during a conversation – or looking at them in a way that is deemed wrong – will also soon be on the legislative agenda as long as one of the Leftist parties is in power.
commented 2017-04-25 13:24:15 -0400
“Oxford University says students who don’t make eye contact could be racist”. The science of could be.
commented 2017-04-25 13:19:22 -0400
Oxford University is a Marxist Think Tank. Lifting your Left leg to break wind is OK.
commented 2017-04-25 13:11:04 -0400
It would appear the entire leftyworld is a victim of some kind of dissociative disorder…Dissociative fugue has been linked to severe stress…Maybe Hillary losing AND Donald Trump winning caused actual trauma in these unstable lefties…hence, the Zombie behavior.
There are too many of them that need to be ‘fixed’, and they don’t want to know the truth – if it conflicts with their indoctrination and robot programming…
We can’t just lock up or lobotomize all these crazy lefties…but we can’t allow them to keep running around on the loose, messing everything up so badly…steps must be taken!
commented 2017-04-25 12:08:44 -0400
Nincompoops! Everywhere you look in western civilization these days the inmates are running the asylum.
commented 2017-04-25 11:45:09 -0400
HOW THINGS HAVE GONE WRONG WITH OUR POLITICALLY CORRECTNESS.
I WAS TAUGHT BY MY GRAND FATHER, MY FARTHER AND IN MY BUSINESS LIFE, WHEN YOU MET SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME, YOU LOOKED HIM/HER/IT IN THE EYES REACHED OUT AND GAVE A FIRM HAND SHAKE AND SAID I’M GLAD TO MEET YOU. WHY BECAUSE THAT’S THE WAY OUR SOCIETY WORKS. OXFORD UNIVERSITY GO SUCK A LEMON.