UCLA Accused of Racial “Micro-Aggression”

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


treAbout 25 graduate students “of color” staged a sit-in in professor Val Rust’s UCLA classroom recently, alleging that there is a “toxic” racial climate in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. As partial evidence of that poisonous climate, they complained that the grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals are a form of racial “micro-aggression.”

The demonstration stemmed from a new report stating that UCLA’s policies and procedures don’t sufficiently address racial discrimination among the university’s faculty. The organizers alleged several examples, unspecified in the Daily Bruin article, in which minority students faced challenges and “micro-aggressions” from professors. Nora Cisneros, one of the sit-in participants, said they chose to protest Rust’s class because he doesn’t encourage “a climate where students of color can discuss issues of race openly.”

This seems a curious accusation, since one of his areas of teaching expertise is “ethnic issues in international perspective.” Several of Rust’s current and former students said they thought it was unfair to target him, because he is a supporter of intercultural learning, whatever that is, and that he was being used “as a scapegoat for much larger issues.” Grad student Emily Le said, “It is disturbing that students would make such unfounded accusations based on misperceptions of what they believe as racism.” Disturbing perhaps, but unsurprising considering that racism today exists wherever it suits anyone to see it.

Rust himself believes that the demonstrators have legitimate concerns and that the department should organize a town hall meeting “to begin a dialogue.” Perhaps that dialogue could begin by addressing why graduate students at a major university – in the Department of Education and Information Studies, remember – need to have their grammar and spelling corrected, and why that correction constitutes racism. Rust said, “I have attempted to be rather thorough on the papers and am particularly concerned that they do a good job with their bibliographies and citations, and these students apparently don’t feel that is appropriate.” They don’t feel it’s “appropriate” because they are exploiting their self-designated victim status as an excuse to avoid being held to the department’s stated high academic standard.

In case you’ve been blissfully ignorant until now of this term “micro-aggression,” the UCLA report defines it as “subtle verbal and nonverbal insults directed toward non-whites, often done automatically and unconsciously. They are layered insults based on one’s race, gender, class, sexuality, language, immigration status, phenotype, accent, or surname.” It was coined in 1970 by a psychiatrist to describe acts of racism so subtle that neither the “perpetrator” nor the “victim” is even fully conscious of what is happening. “The invisibility of racial microaggressions may be more harmful to people of color than hate crimes or the overt and deliberate acts of White supremacists such as the Klan and Skinheads,” writes Dr. Derald Wing Sue, author of the influential Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation.

So, unconscious racism that goes unnoticed by both parties is more of a danger than actual lynching – got that? (If you want to see to what ludicrous degree this phantom threat can be carried, check out this McGill University op-ed  by the school paper’s Health and Education editor, Ralph Haddad. He accuses “Movember,” the annual month-long campaign in which men raise awareness of, and funds for, men’s health issues by growing mustaches, of “racist, sexist, and transphobic” micro-aggression.)

Apparently such micro-aggression is a greater concern among the race-obsessed left than the macro-aggression of, say, the “knockout game,” currently a trend among roving gangs of black youth who target random, unsuspecting whites or Jews with sometimes murderous violence. But never mind that; the outrage of these racist spelling corrections must be addressed.

Critics of this theory, such as Kenneth R. Thomas, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, point out that it enforces a victim mentality by creating problems where none exist: “The theory, in general, characterizes people of color as weak and vulnerable, and reinforces a culture of victimization instead of a culture of opportunity.”

Another problem with the theory of racial micro-aggression is that it assumes whites – and only whites – are irredeemably racist even in their most casual, unconscious words or actions. They’re racist even when they’re consciously striving not to be. Nothing whites can do or say or think about race is ever good enough. They are expected to seek forgiveness for this by humiliating themselves in “white privilege” workshops, while other races openly express pride in their own colors and cultures. And they are not allowed to correct the grammar or spelling of non-white graduate students who should have mastered both before they left high school.

At the sit-in, victimized graduate student Cisneros read a letter written collectively by several students which described the class – and the grad school in general – as being “an unsafe climate” for “students of color.” Students took turns sharing their personal experiences. Alma Flores tearfully declared, “As a woman of color, I should not have to get up every single day to have my identity questioned… I am tired of it. I’m tired, and it hurts me so much.” (The Daily Bruin article about the protest is unclear as to how her identity is questioned every single day, or how she is unsafe.)

This is all, of course, an extension of the cultural Marxism of political correctness, the wielding of language as a weapon against the established order. “Islamophobia,” “Israeli apartheid,” “micro-aggression” – the radical left has a genius for such neologisms. The way to defuse these linguistic weapons is simply to refuse to legitimize them, and they will cease to have power. When Professor Rust corrects the grammar and spelling of insufficiently literate graduate students, for example, neither he nor the department nor the school should be cowed by trumped-up accusations of racist micro-aggression. The intellectual standards are the same for everyone – end of story.

Once we as a society stop submitting to the tyranny of feelings, as I call it – bullying by those who wrap themselves in a false mantle of victimhood – then we can get on to the serious business of combating racial macro-aggression and making our streets safe again.

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  • Jason

    Ok, seriously. The fact that they criticise movember of being racist just shows how horrible leftwingers can be. Movember is the only major charity event for men, and it helps men of all races to deal with cancer and depression. A worthy cause. Here in Australia, where movember started, Asians, Arabs and Whites all grow moustaches for movember. Their hatred of men, and whites is a macro aggression against any decent human being.

    • Softly Bob

      Never expect wrongwingers to be anything other than nasty.

  • Pabst Blue Moon

    Do they not correct spelling and grammar mistakes at “Historically All Black Colleges”? Maybe not and maybe that’s the problem. If I was taking a course in Ebonics would I not have to learn through mistake and correction?

    “At the sit-in, victimized graduate student Cisneros read a letter written collectively by several students which described the class” Did anybody proof read it?

    • laura r

      do they really have a course in ebonics in the african studies dept? maybe this should be the primary language? ok blacks: you get what you wish for. only speak ebonics & you will be @ macdonalds forever.

      • Sheik Yerbouti

        I’m sorry, but I have to correct you. It’s “Mickey-D’s”. “McDonald’s” sounds too white!

  • Elizabeth capecod

    The reason these jackasses can’t spell is due to the twisted political correctness that pushed them along regardless of aptitude in the first place. If they had any brains, they’d appreciate instruction and criticism that viewed them as students – not black students.

    • nomoretraitors

      Therein lies the problem — they have no brains because they’ve been indoctrinated in the entitlement/victim mentality

  • CaoMoo

    This is why you must raise children to have thick skin and this is why people need to be actually offended from time to time. Otherwise they harp on smaller and smaller things until they make up imagined slights where none exist.

    I wouldn’t put my name on a degree any of these students (adult children emphasis on the child) receive. It would be too embarrassing to hold these immature self entitled brats out as representatives of my university I hold as ready to enter the work force.

  • JamesJ

    Notice their major is Education. Bwahahahahaha

    • BS77

      Correct spelling is racist. Correct mathematics…racist. English literature is racist. Shoes are racist. The weather is racist. The moon is racist…why isn’t it black? TV and soap operas are racist. Even Oprah is racist because she has a dollar. The Hobbit is very racist. Candy is racist. Dogs and cats are racist. Talking is racist. Breathing is racist….OMG….watch our nation descend into chaos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        Speaking of The Hobbit, somewhere along the line, Peter Jackson decided that there wasn’t a strong female character and added a “warrior elf maiden” to the next movie. He didn’t want to be accused of “sexism”, did he? In relations between the genders, sexism is “racism” …

      • laura r

        someone should put a patent on the word, repackage it. maybe i will, i can make billions. its the hottest show in town. re runs never stop.

      • tagalog

        Don’t forget those evil racist black holes.

      • BS77

        See if you wear shoes, you are insulting and racially humiliating all the people who used to go barefoot. There fore shoes are racist. If you carry an umbrella you are making fun of all those who never had umbrellas, there for umbrellas are racist. If you say 2 plus 2 equals 4, you are an intolerant racist, denying all the morons who insist 2 plus 2 is 3….so remember, there are no standards, no objective grades, no unacceptable behaviors in this our land of Orwell….If you eat other than roots and berries, you are a culinary racist. If you pay people a wage, you are a racist slave driver….GOT IT? Now try to adapt to the new standards…yes, sorry, but you will have to live like a farm animal…

    • LibertarianToo

      At my Univ. if you flunked out of the College of Arts & Sciences, you could transfer to the Ed school. I kid you not.

      • tagalog

        That was true at my university too.

  • nomoretraitors

    And they wonder why they’re lagging behind.

    “it enforces a victim mentality by creating problems where none exist”
    That’s the point — if I’m a victim, then I have no responsibility for my choices or actions

    • alericKong

      It’s also meant to weaken those who actually have standards and make them constantly second guess themselves.

      It’s probably for the better. Save the energy to encourage those who actually care.

  • Biff_Maliboo
  • alericKong

    This spills over to engineering:

    “It’s racist to tell me my work will blow up the space shuttle or poison the water supply.”

    • carpe diem 36

      words have consequences.

      • tagalog

        And meaning.

  • Mark McDonald

    WTF “grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals”How in the fudge do they come up with this crap? And it is more proof that you cannot take the ghetto out of them even after they move out of the ghetto.

    • carpe diem 36

      they are not really interested in education. being educated means using words correctly, spelling them correctly, writing meaningful and even beautiful articles. why are they in that school if they are not interested in becoming educated with all that this implies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Marks/1266358046 Paul Marks

    While tax funding of education continues – so will things like this. Indeed they will continue to get worse and worse.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Don’t blame the “cultural Marxists” for PC. Multiculturalism was invented by upper class liberal foundations, all white males of social democratic persuasion, hoping to stop urban riots. See http://clarespark.com/2013/07/31/the-nefarious-cultural-marxists/. “The nefarious ‘cultural Marxists’”.

    • carpe diem 36

      if the misspelling mistakes were not pointed out that would be racist, that is like saying that this is good enough for blacks. we do not ask them to be as good as the non black students. but they do not understand that.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Everything related to the human experience can be characterized as “racist” according to one theory or another. The label is used merely as a smear if the theory is not fully articulated with a logical argument.

        Simply say, please explain your theory to me about this so-called racism you mention.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    In my years as a philosophy professor, my tests were consistently essay-style. Not only did I count off for spelling errors, but also for punctuation and grammar. If a person cannot write up to certain standard, he is not truly educated.

    • laura r

      but is it changing now? these are grad students, i cant imagine getting a masters degree & not speaking correct english.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        Neither can I. A grad student should be held to higher standards, or not receive the degree.

        With undergrads, my purpose was to teach what should have been taught to them in 12 years of public education.

        • defcon 4

          Get with the times, it’s not the skills that count anymore in public education, it’s the ideology that’s taught.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            This is why there was a waiting list for my sections, after students learned that I was a conservative (after gaining tenure, of course!). These kids either wanted to argue, or they wanted to hear the other side of the issues. Even the ones who argued with me learned …

      • Notalibfool

        The college I once worked for (International Student Services dept.) was allowing foreign students to graduate with barely any English language skills. Some were placed in regular classes alongside American students without having first taken a TOEFL or similar exam. I recall trying to have a basic conversation with one student just days before he was awarded his BA; he had no idea what I was saying and could not respond.

        But these students brought lots of money into our small private university, so the powers that be let it happen.

    • Tim N

      speling is whitmail agreshun opresing peeple wit gramer an speling you must be imperalist rasist you need more edjucated

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        -15 points for grammar and spelling (in red ink, of course)

        I actually had to tell one Senior that “grammer” was not his mother’s or father’s mother!

        (:

        • Tim N

          Just -15 points? Do you have any idea how hard I had to work to defeat the spellchecker?

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Eleven words are misspelled. The rest were grammar and punctuation errors. Hey, I’m an expert on this!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        In a sense that is correct. We want people to adopt the culture of America and try to earn a living rather than become human leeches. In a sense that is “imperialism.” The alternative is finding an uncharted cave to live in.

    • Notalibfool

      Agreed, and exceptions should not be made for foreign students. All international students should prove that they have the proper English language skills before being admitted to a university. If the student does not meet the minimum standards, he/she should be required to enroll in English as a Second Language classes before beginning their academic program.

    • P_Ang

      In my years as an ESL assistant, I regularly saw essays that were completely unintelligible. Many of my battles were fought with professors who downgraded properly-corrected papers (“you must have had help” was a common refrain) with nonsensical gibberish receiving high marks. The response for the gibberish? “My job is to make sure they understand the material, not to correct spelling and grammar.” Really professor? If it’s completely and utterly unreadable, how can you ascertain they actually understand the material? “Oh, I’ve spoken to the students inside of class, I know they understand it.” Well, why then are your American students not graded by the same standards? “Well, the foreign language students have to work twice as hard just to understand the material in English.”
      But Professor…it’s obvious from the writing they never took the Test for Standardized English Translation. Thus, the conversation quickly descends into what a racist I am for questioning a PhD.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        I would start a section by stating:

        “Welcome, young students searching for knowledge. I know that there are some here who believe that Introduction to Philosophy is a ‘blow-off’ course, and therefore, not a challenge. I can assure you that it is not.

        I will assume that every student in this section is a philosophy major, whether you are or not. Therefore, you need to know that there will be no objective testing. Every exam will be in essay form. If you cannot write, you cannot be a professional philosopher. Therefore, if you don’t study, you won’t be able to write, and you will fail this course.

        It should be noted that you should not be here if you cannot write … and that means proper spelling, correct grammar, and punctuation. No matter how well you know the subject matter, you will lose numerous points on each exam, as well as the term paper, for each typo, misspelled word, colloquialism, ad infinitum.

        A word to the wise is entirely sufficient.”

  • Cornell West

    I be rel mad dat dem honkies wanname to spell korrectly!

  • Gee

    I have a radical idea. Instead of being so racist and correcting their errors, just give them a failing grade without any information and return their work

    • Notalibfool

      If I were a professor that is exactly what I would do.

  • john spielman

    can some one tell me how can the middle class be “DESTORY”ed by BAIN CAPITOL sic (see protest posters)
    Their spelling is so bad it negates their cause

    • tagalog

      When you give it a little leeway and consider it loosely, the sign may be correct: The CAPITOL may indeed DESTORY us by changing the commonly-accepted American narrative. Especially the Obama capitol.

  • CowboyUp

    As usual, the leftists are doing the very things they are accusing others of doing. Their snit over being held to the same standards as everyone else is passive aggression, and their insistence that they be held to lower standards because of their race or cultural background, is a “micro-aggression,” in itself. They are basically agreeing with the prejudices of the white bigots and racists, and embracing the soft bigotry of low expectations.
    I hadn’t even started school in 1970, and already the grievance mongers with a persecution complex were having to define bigotry and racism down, to keep it alive. To them, any disagreement or adversity they encounter isn’t because they’re mental cases, it’s because of their skin color or cultural background. The last thing they want is dialogue, they want to lecture and have everyone blindly agree with them and grant their racial, cultural, or gender group special privileges.

  • Softly Bob

    I’d never heard of the term micro-aggression until today and already I’ve heard it about five times on various websites. What’s more, I’m already sick of it.
    Anybody Liberal idiot who uses the term micro-aggression deserves to feel the full force of my mega-aggression as I swiftly plant my boot in his (or her) ugly, smug face!!

    • Drakken

      Wait until they throw the white privilege card at you. Then your going to have a complete meltdown, I know I would.

  • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ para_bellum

    Nice article. It seems like these students probably were given “Transgender Heroes of the Aztecs” rather than Aesop’s Fables to read when they were little. Thus, they probably never read the story of the boy who cried wolf. But I expect they might soon experience it.

    Anyone who actually opposes racism must find this sort of thing disgusting. Not only because it’s unfair to white people (although it is) but because it trivializes real racism. Young people are smart enough to know when adults really believe things and when they consider them a mere formality or cover for something else. And as charges of “racism” have been used as a weapon, I think people will stop caring about actual racism.

    I’m 32, and my brother is 28. We both went to private schools and we don’t hang around KKK members. I’ve noticed a lot more casual racism among his peer group than I ever did among mine or my parents’. When “racism” becomes a word that is simply a weapon used to bludgeon conservatives with, it becomes impossible to reason correctly about actual racism.

    • Drakken

      Well like the fairy tale I have a feeling that the wolf is going to eat really well and the folks screaming the loudest will be ignored or the wolf will grin while eating.

  • laura r

    this may be a good thing, not sure. these grads wont be hired for decent jobs. im sure they wont be lawyers, will they? or working on wall street? is this the humanities dept? if so, then the grads will get mid level govt jobs, or not be employed @all. this is also the fault of most white people, as they buy into this. the school supports this. if it was my school i would say “dont like it, drop out”

    • kasandra

      Yeah, they’ll be lawyers. When, in the State and year when I took the bar exam, a reported 100 percent of blacks taking the bar exam failed it, an organization representing those who failed charged that the bar exam (which included the multiple choice multi-state bar exam) was racist. He was quoted in the newspaper as saying the exam was racist because it tested reading, writing and logic which, he claimed, were “white skills.” Needless-to-say, the bar association cratered and “waived-in” the black students who failed. Face it, there isn’t a standard that can withstand political correctness.

      • laura r

        if they are good talkers they may win cases. what if they are not? what if they misfile papers? so they have “degrees”, than what?

        • tagalog

          Well, a trial lawyer who is deficient in logical argumentation (i.e., rhetoric, undoubtedly another one of those “white skills”) is likely to be one who loses a lot of his trials.
          If he’s not logical he won’t be very good at negotiating settlements with other lawyers either.
          So his last resort will probably be to follow in Barack Obama’s footsteps and bend his legal education to becoming a “community organizer,” although without being able to read well, write well, or discuss the logic of his positions, he may not be all that good as a community organizer either.

          • laura r

            so i am correct, this IS a good thing. let them dig their own graves. the universe has justice, be careful what you all wish for! the law degree will get them no where fast.

          • tagalog

            Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. If we still have a true free market in education and the jobs that come with it, the deficient will fall by the wayside.

            Of course, the fact that the particular market in question works to minimize the hiring of the educationally deficient will be painted as racist, and then government will take steps to control that market artificially.

          • kasandra

            Problem is, they may be digging their clients’ graves.

  • monkey milkduds

    The can not spell because blacks will not risk sounding white. It has gotten to the point where blacks can cry racism to get any thing they desire, they have whites living in fear, white cops can not effectively police any black area and any altercation is considered racist by the white lawman. Whites can not live around blacks any longer and be considered safe as they are targeted by black thugs and white kids are targeted by blacks for beating and rapes.

    • laura r

      this is what the govt wants. what do you propose we do about it? blks rule we are the underdogs. ask a black what they think they reverse this, think WE rule, we are on top.

  • monkey milkduds

    The reason the democreaps and the black caucus and leaders want more immigration is because the blacks program every new person there to hate whites as much as they do

  • monkey milkduds

    If you not going to correct spelling then what is next, grammer etc why even have college if it is not going to teach?

  • monkey milkduds

    this just proves what happens when blacks take charge, the country will have one of the worst school systems in the world, the philippines already have better schools than the most of the states

  • Donald J DaCosta

    “by creating problems where none exist:” The liberal, progressive, socialist, “whatever,” creed. Real, well defined, easily observable, succinctly described problems are so unworthy of their restless, “superior” intellects. The “problems” they are dealing with, for the very first time in human history, are too nuanced, esoteric in nature and absolutely confirmed as real when “commoners” appear confused, dumbfounded and sceptical, with that priceless look of “what the hell are you talking about?” on their “pathetic, stupid” faces.

  • Roy_Cam

    This is the second time in my life I have heard such a story.

    The first time was from an educational psychologist who told me her minority graduate students reported her all the time for making corrections in grammar, or, worse, correcting their math when doing statistical analysis of data!

    Reported her, as you guessed, for “racism”.

    We need these stories to document just how far astray current racial politics has moved from “judging people by the content of their character” or their essays, or work in math…

    • Drakken

      Fail every bloody one of them, that is what I would do, then let them whine and cry.

  • Jonathan

    so if anyone notices your spelling mistakes they must be racist?

  • defcon 4

    Isn’t “white” a color? Michael Jackson thought so.

  • S.L. Rachford’s Ire

    “The Progressive Virus” raped the brains of the young again! #pvfighters

  • Biff Henderson

    Would referring to a woman of color as a negress be considered a form of micro-aggression or would I be tagged as an outright racist? If I spelled negress incorrectly would I be given some latitude?

    • laura r

      racist. every word must be OK’ed by th black academia.

    • tagalog

      Ooh, “negress.” Ranks right down there with “jewess.” Bad bad bad.

      • Biff Henderson

        From Bukhari’s Hadith 3.786:

        Narrated Anas bin Malik: A Jewess brought a poisoned (cooked) sheep for the Prophet who ate from it. She was brought to the Prophet and he was asked, “Shall we kill her?” He said, “No.” I continued to see the effect of the poison on the palate of the mouth of Allah’s Apostle.

        Jewess? I guess it all depends on who you ask. It’s in the Hokie Books of Islam so how bad could it be?

      • laura r

        jewess dosnt bother me. except it sounds like a profession, like stewardess. big deal, so im a stew. the “ess” also could be called sexist since it is a fem gender. are there still stewardesses? or are they “airline personnel”?

  • tagalog

    What’s a “phenotype?”

    • Biff Henderson

      Phenotype is a noun used in the disciple of biology that denotes the set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype (The genetic constitution of an individual organism. Often contrasted with phenotype.) with the environment.

      Bad spellin’ is a phenotype of of minority student distanced from learn’.

      • tagalog

        I be enlightened. Thanks homey.

  • LDMack

    They’re still PO’d that Ebonics was never institutionalized. If they cannot make the cut, they don’t deserve to be in grad school spending federal tax dollars from student loans that they will probably never be able to repay. If their writing skills are that bad, how did they get in to begin with?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      What they are is victims of the left, duped in to hating the wrong things.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    All that these “activists” are accomplishing is to substantiate the claims of true racists that they are just a bunch of dumb N-words and always will be.

  • Marlin B. Newburn

    So it’s racist to have standards. Check.

    Let’s get them lowered for the black students right-away. We’ve been doing it now for black performance in just about everything so ending the practice is a return to slavery. Shame on you, professor.

    There, problem settled.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Maybe that’s what racism means now. So racism is most of the time benign or good these days as long as it’s not based on false theories of superiority through DNA, skin color etc. I’m competing with you, I’m “racing” to dominate you scholastically, intellectually, economically etc. and that is how the world works effectively. Competition is natural and necessary for modern life and perhaps necessary for any life.

      We need to inform the “class victims” that their racial theories are myopic and dangerous. Mostly for them.

      • Marlin B. Newburn

        I strongly believe the Black Grievance Industry (BGI) has completely run out of things to complain about in the way of any harm to black people by non-blacks. That dog hasn’t hunted for decades now.

        With this article they’re apparently grooming a new generation of black whiners to use their imaginations to invent a racist construct generated while sitting on a toilet, or when stoned. Both venues for their creative expression are probably an even spread in regard to preference.

        I confess that I am amused often when reading them.

        The real problem is that people who worship at the altar of pretend victimhood will support these delusional scenarios and fantasies. The focus for mental health professionals, among other groups, should be to get people to grow up. See also, become an adult.

        Then again, how many generations of blacks have now been raised on “social promotions” which makes them expect it to continue for life. Due to their race they get to graduate without earning it, get job promotions and raises for mediocre work performance, and they can get hired to fill a quota.

        Work hard and learn a practical skill? Why?

        For many of blacks, it pays and pays well to stay a child.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “With this article they’re apparently grooming a new generation of black whiners to use their imaginations to invent a racist construct generated while sitting on a toilet, or when stoned. Both venues for their creative expression are probably an even spread in regard to preference.”

          The underlying issues are related to class warfare. “Blacks” make great class victims because of their appearance and “class history” that is easy for leftists to blow out of proportion.

          We should reject all collectivism and explain to people that competition is not racism unless the definition has expanded to include benign and productive phenomena as well as destructive theories about biological racial distinctions.

          These people need to be held accountable to the same standards, or that is destructive racism. They are promoting destructive racism by complaining about being held to a universal standard.

          They are contributing to the racism they seem to be complaining about. They’re hurting themselves and helping the march towards tyranny of having elites decide what is the best “socially just” solution.

          Freedom is too dangerous and leads to “racism.” Therefore along with new diet restrictions, humans will no longer be allowed to think the following thoughts…

          • Marlin B. Newburn

            We’re on the same page.

  • Marlin B. Newburn

    I recall many years ago a group of blacks sued my university because they couldn’t pass the mandatory essay requirement for a bachelors degree. Every student, regardless of major, had to show up at an auditorium, and they were given an enormous list of topics to choose from to write a one page paper.

    They lost the suit. It was Wayne State University in Detroit.

    • PCstinks

      Fellow Tartar

      Otis Mathis was one of those who could’t pass the WSU literacy exam to get his degree. He later became the Detroit School Board President and wrote this letter to the Detroit Free Press:

      “If you saw Sunday’s Free Press that shown Robert Bobb the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, move Mark Twain to Boynton which have three times the number seats then students and was one of the reason’s he gave for closing school to many empty seats.”

      From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20100304/OPINION03/3040437#ixzz2nH5f9yXf

      • Marlin B. Newburn

        I remember that hilarious article. And he was pulling down a quarter mil a year at the time.

        Then there was the school board member, I can’t recall his name, but he was a black guy who had the habit of playing with himself in front of female staff members. He had “reverends” on the city council who tried to defend him, but eventually, that body of governing clowns had to get rid of him.

        Political correctness and affirmative action will always trump student learning and benefit in any liberal organization.

        Thanks for the reminder.

  • poetcomic1

    ‘Micro-aggressions vs. Knockout Game.

  • PeterAndrewNolan

    “Alma Flores tearfully declared, “As a woman of color, I should not have to get up every single day to have my identity questioned… I am tired of it. I’m tired, and it hurts me so much.” ”

    So what are the chances that the vast majority of these “victims of micro aggressions” are female? Oh…oops..there goes me being sexist as well as racist, eh?

    Let us not forget that women are the biggest “victim class” around….so add to that the second “victim class” of being black…and you have people who are “double plus victims”…

    I don’t think you will have many BLACK MEN complaining about getting their spelling and grammar corrected at university since black men are more likely to be in jail than in a university….but you won’t see any black women talking about how those black men in jail are the victims of macro aggression…their spelling is more important than the fact so many of their men are in jail.

    If it is at all possible? I think western black women hate their men even more than western white women hate their men.