Microaggressionism

The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee’s “Inclusive Excellence Center” wants to raise awareness of (in other words, ban) words and phrases, which it deems “microaggressions.” A Microaggression is the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their.

We used to call this “politically correct’” but now the university says the term ‘politically correct’ is also a microaggression, right along side lame, thug, third world and trash. According to the school’s program, the word ‘thug’ is a microaggression because “it assumes violence is the sole motivating factor in an action, and ignores issues of poverty, education and other institutional barriers…”

Meanwhile, during a discussion about the man next in line for Speaker of the House, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry scolded guest panelist Alfonso Aguilar for describing Congressman Paul Ryan as a “hard worker” because doing so demeans slaves and poor mothers.

The exchange went as follows:

“Let’s be fair. If there’s somebody who’s a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan, who not only works with Republicans but Democrats,” said Aguilar.

“You know very well I work on immigration issues, trying to get Republicans to support immigration reform,” the executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles went on. “Paul Ryan is somebody who has…”

“Alfonso, I feel you,” Harris-Perry interjected. “But I just want to pause on one thing because I don’t disagree with you that I actually think Mr. Ryan is a great choice for this role.”

“I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall because it is a reminder of what hard work looks like. So I feel you he’s a hard worker, I do — but in the context of relative privilege — and I just want to point out that when you talk about work-life balance, being a hard worker, the moms who don’t have healthcare… [Republicans] don’t call them hard workers. [They] call them failures. [They] call them people who are sucking off the system. No, no. Really, ya’ll do!”

Calling Progressives ‘effing crazy,’ is also a microaggression, but then it’s also the truth.

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Microaggressionism

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