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The New York Times recently published an article that provides a glimpse into the microaggression movement currently infecting college campuses. The article profiles Sheree Marlowe, the chief diversity officer at Clark University, where she teaches incoming freshmen how to identify and avoid microaggressions. Here are a few tips Marlowe provided to the students attending one of her recent “training” sessions:
- Don’t ask an Asian student you don’t know for help on your math homework.
- Don’t say “you guys.” It could be interpreted as leaving out women.
- Don’t randomly ask a black student if he plays basketball.
- Don’t’ show surprise when a “feminine” woman says she is a lesbian.
- Don’t say “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough.” (This is a microinvalidation.)
Marlowe knows her stuff. Just ask her. Or does she? Consider this exchange she had with a student:
But some students appeared slightly confused.
“When you use the term ‘self-identify’ as a white woman, are you saying that you can choose your race?” one white male student asked.
“I’ll give you an example,” Ms. Marlowe said. “I went to a conference. I was talking to this man. I thought he was black. I was talking about diversity and social justice.”
“He said, ‘I’m Cuban,’” Ms. Marlowe told the crowd. “I assumed he was black because he was the same skin complexion as me, and the same type of hair.”
The student still seemed confused.
“Maybe we can unpack it afterward,” Ms. Marlowe told the student. “You want to come see me afterward?”
Run, kid. Run fast, run far, and don’t look back.
Marlowe does not seem to understand the difference between race and nationality, despite her fancy title and, likely, six-figure salary. Let me help her: Cuba is a country. A person can be Cuban and black in the same way a person can be Canadian and black. One would think the chief diversity officer at a university would know this but, well, it is 2016.
Where did all of this madness start? As the father of a 7th grader, I can tell you it starts much earlier than college. Since my daughter returned to school nine days ago, the school has had two bullying symposiums. They also have a full-day bullying seminar next week. One of her daily classes is a 30-minute meeting where they talk about — what else? — bullying.
I went to parent night a few days before the start of school and I was dumfounded by the amount of anti-bullying signs in the school. I was in one small area of the school, and I counted 15 anti-bullying posters. Not a single poster of Washington, Lincoln, the Declaration, the Constitution, or anything related to founding principles of our country. It was just anti-bullying stuff.
It is all part of the same movement. A movement that is headed toward what exactly, I am not sure. But I am sure Marlowe is proud of her work. This is the future that she and others like her want. No dead white guys on the walls at the schools. And the kids softened up by a toxic mixture of victimhood and guilt in which they are encouraged to react to even the slightest unintentional comment.
It’s a brave new world, folks.Published in