When the bottom falls away.

Did you ever wade into a stream, or a pond, or a slough, thinking the water might come up to your knees, or even your waist, but if it gets any deeper you are getting out? How did you react when suddenly, the bottom seemed to fall away and you were suddenly neck deep? I usually experience a brief sensation of panic as I try paddle my way to shallower water. But one time, the problem wasn’t the water, it was the mud, soft, deep and adhesive. I just mentally experienced that effect while searching the term “micro aggression”. The list of colleges with bias response teams, and examples of micro aggressions is endless. I focused on just one, university of Wisconsin, because they have so many branches.

According to an “Interrupting Bias & Hate” presentation distributed by the school’s Bias Response Team, “microaggressions” are defined as an “everyday slight, put down, indignity, or invalidation directed toward a marginalized group.” Microaggressions may include “slurs, epithets, and degrading language,” the presentation adds, and can lead to a “hostile environment or harassment if there are patterns.” The university elaborates that microaggressions can include “being forced to choose male or female when completing forms/paperwork,” “not calling someone by their preferred gender pronouns,” or unwillingness “to listen closely how to correctly to pronounce non-English names.” Examples include “America is a melting pot”; asking anyone who is non caucasian “where are you from?”  With microaggressions so pervasive on campus, it’s no surprise that colleges have stepped up efforts to protect students from subliminal insults they might not even be aware of, by forming the new SWAT team–Shielding Wimps from Actually Talking teams, called Bias Response Teams, BRTs. The following is from an article ominously titled The Rise of Bias Response Teams, in The New Republic, By JEFFREY AARON SNYDER and AMNA KHALID.



Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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