The insanity of “microaggressions”, which are perceived slights that exist in the subject viewpoint of self-identifying victims, is no longer reserved for the madness that is academia. Unsurprisingly, the same administration that declared that failure to affirm homosexuality as being something wonderful, even if one is tolerance and accepting of homosexuality, is tantamount to oppression, is now embracing the war on “microaggressions.”
“Following the example set by elite liberal universities, the U.S. State Department has begun cracking down on ‘microaggressions’ in the workplace. According to a newsletter from State Department chief diversity officer John Robinson, employees who commit ‘microaggressions’ may risk violating harassment laws in doing so.”
The biggest problem concerning “microaggressions” is that one can be guilty of “microaggressing” if they meant no offense, and even if there objectively was nothing offensive. Why? Because it is all about the subjective feelings of the offended.
“In his letter, Robinson borrows Columbia professor Derald Wing Sue’s definition of ‘microaggressions,’ which Sue defines as ‘everyday verbal, nonverbal and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory or negative messages to target persons.’
“In his book ‘Microaggressions In Everyday Life,’ Sue claims that saying “Merry Christmas” to a Jewish person is a clear ‘microaggression.’ The Daily Caller reached out to the State Department to clarify whether the agency also considers ‘Merry Christmas’ a microaggression but did not hear back by press time.
“Robinson did put forth a handful of example microaggressions in the letter, such as asking an Asian person ‘Where are you from?’ He also offered his own definition of microaggressions: ‘insensitive questions and comments that leave you feeling a bit uneasy or slighted.'”
Since the Left works through a hierarchy of oppressed/morally pure, only a person designated as having relatively more “privilege” and/or “power” can be a “microaggressor”, while only a person designated as being more “oppressed” can be a victim of “microaggression.