Bulletin Board in Rutgers Residence Hall Battles Microaggressions

Bulletin Board in Rutgers Residence Hall Battles Microaggressions

In the Soviet Union, there were red and white signs everywhere, shouting slogans like “Long Live the Revolution.” In 1984, there were telescreens broadcasting propaganda and show trials. In the comparably totalitarian dystopia of modern college dorms, bulletin boards like one found at Rutgers University serve the same purpose:

The display, photos of which were obtained by Campus Reform, is titled “Language Matters: Think,” and was placed in the College Avenue Apartments by a resident assistant, according to a current resident of the building who does not wish to be identified.

The bulletin board is a feature of Rutger’s Language Matters campaign. It warns students against forbidden terms such as “illegal aliens,” offering guidelines that can prevent inadvertent microaggressions, which may take the form of a microassault, a microinsult, or even a microinvalidation.

A microassault may include “avoiding someone,” for instance, while an example of a microinsult is telling someone they are strong for a girl. A microinvalidation, meanwhile, could involve asking an Asian or Latino person where they are from.

On the other side of the world, Islamic State maniacs are crucifying Christian children and sawing off their heads. But in the safe space that is Rutgers, the worst anyone has to fear is to fall victim to a microaggression.

I take that back. The worst they have to fear is being accused of committing a microaggression.

Rutgers also has a Bias Prevention Education Team that handles reports of microaggressions and other “bias incidents”…

Microaggressions must be punished. For students who don’t understand why, the Language Matters campaign offers workshops intended “to demonstrate how microagressions hinder our ability to have a diverse and inclusive society/community.”

By “diverse and inclusive,” they mean ideologically homogeneous.

There is also the health of the victims to consider. The College Avenue Apartments bulletin board proclaims that microaggressions make their victims “more at risk for illness & decreased immune system.” I wonder if there is some unread provision of ObamaCare that would allow the federal government to get directly involved.

Looks like it belongs in a kindergarten, and for good reason.

On a tip from Don M. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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