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.”
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