Is the Question ‘Where Did you go to High School’ a Micro-aggression? And if you Ask it, Are you a ‘Bitter, Angry Person’?
Micro-aggression and political correctness are still important issues, arguably in lieu of academic achievement, and University of Missouri students should take heed. Mizzou recently was determined to be not politically correct in its quest for inclusivity. The issue is the university wasn’t inclusive enough. From Campus Reform and Mizzou removes inclusivity guide following heat from Hindus:
After receiving pressure from a Hindu statesman earlier this week, the University of Missouri has removed its “Inclusive Terminology Guide.”
Campus Reform outed the guide for lacking full inclusivity of religious groups and asking the campus community to refrain from using words such as “Oriental,” “Indian,” and “ethnic.”
In a press release provided to Campus Reform, Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that Mizzou needed lessons in “diversity and inclusivity before it embarked upon talking about ‘productive dialogue about diversity and inclusion’ and launching an ‘inclusive terminology’ guide.”
“Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in an email last night to Mizzou Interim Chancellor Dr. Hank Foley and Provost Dr. Garnett S. Stokes, urged them to issue an official apology and create an ‘honestly inclusive’ ‘inclusive terminology’ guide,” the press release reads.
Zed questioned the school’s motives in ignoring Hinduism, the oldest and third largest religion in the world, while creating their purportedly inclusive guide. He argued that the university’s incomplete guide sheds doubt on Mizzou’s commitment to creating an inclusive campus community.
What could be another potentially stumbling block for Mizzou? Mizzou students originally from St. Louis need to be aware of politically correct language adopted by The University of North Carolina and the University of Missouri. The standard St. Louis question where did you go to high school? may land St. Louis students in micro-aggression jail. Not only is frowned upon to ask someone where they are from, it would also most likely be an egregious act to ask where did you go to high school? (For those of you unaware of this question how this question permeates St. Louis history and society, read here). From University of North Carolina Releases List of ‘Hostile’ So-Called ‘Microaggressions’ — Check Out the No. 4 Category:
Compare Mizzou’s list with The University of North Carolina. The micro-aggressive question of where you are from is on Mizzzou’s list too. The History Museum in St. Louis might be politically incorrect as a present exhibit has to do with that exact question of high school graduation status:
If you complain about protecting students from the micro-aggressive statements decided to be ‘triggers’ by bureaucrats, you might be labelled with negative adjectives by Mizzou’s Interim President:
From Heat Street:
Last fall, the University of Missouri was rocked by race protests that helped topple the president and chancellor, and sparked a backlash that included drops in enrollment and a retreat by some donors.
Perhaps Middleton, who was speaking to the National Press Club, shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss that latter group of people, which includes scores of dismayed donors, alumni, parents and prospective students. Mizzou’s interim president acknowledged that the university is facing a $30 million funding shortfall because of decreased enrollment in the fall, which is, in part, a reaction to the protests.
You can find Middleton’s speech to the National Press Club via transcript here and the video here. Is anyone in the Missouri Legislature keeping a scorecard on the nonsense taxpayer dollars are spent on in the quest for politically correct language and behavior? Access the transcript (pg 5/15) and see how much money is being spent on diversity research (even with a $30 Million funding shortfall):
What does this have to do with Mizzou, The University of North Carolina and other diversity driven universities providing an excellent academic experience? Do these examples of micro-aggressions make students globally competitive? Or will students use their computer skills to determine where other students ‘went to high school’ and other personal information? It is much easier just not to talk to anyone any more for fear of triggering their safe spaces. So much for the Common Core goal of students learning to utilize useful oral communication and interpersonal skills.
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