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‘Ouch’ and ‘oops’: Suggestions for communicating in university’s 20-page booklet on microaggression

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Universities should “teach kids to strive,” not suck their thumbs and hide under a rock every time a student hears something he finds offensive.

Nevertheless, the University of Arizona has distributed a 20-page booklet teaching methods to address microaggressive speech and behavior.

The guide includes an “oops” and “ouch” section on dealing with microaggression.

“If a student feels hurt or offended by another student’s comment, the hurt student can say ‘ouch,’” the booklet states. “In acknowledgment, the student who made the hurtful comment says ‘oops.’ If necessary, there can be further dialogue about this exchange.”

U-Arizona is a public university, and as such receives much of its funding from the taxpayers. The booklet was written by Vice Provost Jesus Treviño, to apparently justify his reported $214,000 annual salary.

He could have found better, more productive ways of wasting taxpayer dollars.

Confused about what constitutes a microaggression? The booklet gives the answer.

They are “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”

If they’re “everyday slights,” especially if unintentional, shouldn’t students be taught to ignore them? Whatever happened to the “sticks and stones” rule?

Folks on social media thought the whole idea was preposterous — especially at the university level.

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Preschool indeed — distribute the pacifiers!

And another thought it an answer in search of a problem.

Finally, one person believed this was just one more step in making universities conform to liberal thought and into socialism.

The guide gives an example of a microaggression as “Assuming that all students are from the U.S and fully understand American culture and the English language.”

They’re attending classes in the United States at the university level. Shouldn’t an understanding of the English language be a basic prerequisite?


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