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17-06-2015, 11:09 AM
WTF are MicroAggressions?
It seems that some progressives have gone off reservation (microaggression?) again. Perhaps off the rails is a better expression (sane privilege microaggression?)

Quote:The United States has always prided itself on being the place where millions of people from around the world travel unbelievable distances just to have a better chance at success for themselves and their families. However, the University of California has recently decided that describing such facts could be “triggering” to some minorities, and has therefore instructed its professors to cease using the phrases “melting pot” and “land of opportunity.”

The newest training guide for Cal states that these phrases are “micro-aggressions”: unintended forms of discrimination. It adds that the expressions are interpreted by minorities as “denying the significance of a person of color’s racial/ethnic experience and history” and that they “assimilate to the dominant culture.” The guide is said to be taught to professors as a way of moving toward so-called “inclusive excellence.”

Link: http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/meltin...z3dL92w7vY

Realistically, what is next quantum aggression? Nano-aggression's? Oh wait, here are some other offensive terms:

I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”, “Gender plays no part in who we hire.”,Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.” “Affirmative action is racist.”

Offense: People of color are given extra unfair benefits because of their race. The playing field is even so if women cannot make it, the problem is with them.

An advisor asks a female student if she is planning on having children while in postdoctoral training.

Offense: Women should be married during child-bearing ages because that is their primary purpose.
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17-06-2015, 11:20 AM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
I see them all the time at work.
People think they can be rude and aggressive and offensive in small ways.
It's a valid concept.
Don't be a red-neck dolt.

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17-06-2015, 11:26 AM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
(17-06-2015 11:20 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  I see them all the time at work.
People think they can be rude and aggressive and offensive in small ways.
It's a valid concept.
Don't be a red-neck dolt.

So having a non-discrimination clause, per the article, is now a micro-aggression?

What's next, SCOTUS allowing gay marriages is a micro-aggression?
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17-06-2015, 12:47 PM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
@Gatheist

I don't really get the point you are trying to make. Are you trying to denounce the idea that some figure of speech, words and sentences have become loaded with a negative charge? In the case of the expression «melting pot», this label was extensively used to allow, encourage or excuse laws and behaviors that were harmful to recent immigrants. Building a new life in a new country surrounded by strangers from another culture isn't always an easy choice when it's indeed a choice. There is many challenges to meet and forgetting your roots, even partially, is sometimes very, very hard to many people. The «melting pot» expression was used to confront and marginalise those immigrants who struggled to build themselves new homes and adapt to their new situations. It usually takes three to five generations for a group of immigrant to mold in. In the same fashion the concept of «Land of opportunity» was frequently used to belittle those who tried and failed to achieve prosperity. Nobody is fooled by the idea that everyone can succeed. In a capitalist system only a few will win and the others will lose the race to the top and fall down. It's the nature of the system, yet those who failed, for various reasons, don't simply evaporate from the society. They must live in it and those who wins must learn to deal with them daily for they represent a large portion of the population. Those who are born in poverty know that this «Land of opportunity» is real. They can get to the top, they just aren't stupid enough not to realise that those who are born rich have a hell of a head start and even if they were smarter and more hard working, they might not be able to compensate for that disadvantage. There is no perfect way to communicate with one another. If you don't want to needlessly offense people by using terms and figure of speech they think are insulting, infuriating or anything else like that, you will have to know them and learn from them. We all insulted someone without truly wanting it at some point, it’s part of life. We learn from it and stop doing it in the future unless your objective is to truly offend someone.
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17-06-2015, 03:05 PM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
(17-06-2015 12:47 PM)epronovost Wrote:  If you don't want to needlessly offense people by using terms and figure of speech they think are insulting, infuriating or anything else like that, you will have to know them and learn from them. We all insulted someone without truly wanting it at some point, it’s part of life. We learn from it and stop doing it in the future unless your objective is to truly offend someone.

Nobody can make anyone else feel insulted. Feeling offense is just that, a feeling, and it comes from the feeler.

Golden rule: If one is offended, one should cover ones ears; not others mouths.

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17-06-2015, 03:17 PM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
(17-06-2015 03:05 PM)Gilgamesh Wrote:  
(17-06-2015 12:47 PM)epronovost Wrote:  If you don't want to needlessly offense people by using terms and figure of speech they think are insulting, infuriating or anything else like that, you will have to know them and learn from them. We all insulted someone without truly wanting it at some point, it’s part of life. We learn from it and stop doing it in the future unless your objective is to truly offend someone.

Nobody can make anyone else feel insulted. Feeling offense is just that, a feeling, and it comes from the feeler.

Golden rule: If one is offended, one should cover ones ears; not others mouths.

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Golden rule number 2: take other people feelings into consideration when you talk to them. They are just has important than yours and will help you understand them and live alongside them. Words have made and destroyed people, use them wisely.
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17-06-2015, 03:27 PM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
(17-06-2015 03:17 PM)epronovost Wrote:  
(17-06-2015 03:05 PM)Gilgamesh Wrote:  Nobody can make anyone else feel insulted. Feeling offense is just that, a feeling, and it comes from the feeler.

Golden rule: If one is offended, one should cover ones ears; not others mouths.

[Image: tumblr_inline_nln22jbtAa1ri4cqy.gif]

Golden rule number 2: take other people feelings into consideration when you talk to them. They are just has important than yours and will help you understand them and live alongside them. Words have made and destroyed people, use them wisely.

What happens when any type of critical and non-praising speech is now a micro-aggression? Apparently, we should not say anything at all. Or perhaps that is a mirco-aggression as well.
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17-06-2015, 03:30 PM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
(17-06-2015 03:17 PM)epronovost Wrote:  
(17-06-2015 03:05 PM)Gilgamesh Wrote:  Nobody can make anyone else feel insulted. Feeling offense is just that, a feeling, and it comes from the feeler.

Golden rule: If one is offended, one should cover ones ears; not others mouths.

[Image: tumblr_inline_nln22jbtAa1ri4cqy.gif]

Golden rule number 2: take other people feelings into consideration when you talk to them. They are just has important than yours and will help you understand them and live alongside them. Words have made and destroyed people, use them wisely.

My rule and yours fit together quite harmoniously, by the way. If one considers everyone's emotional states in an exchange of ideas, including their own, as existing - and then also equal - one would not pretend their feelings are relevant; to do so is to say one's feelings outrank not only others feelings - but outrank others arguments.
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17-06-2015, 03:37 PM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
(17-06-2015 12:47 PM)epronovost Wrote:  @Gatheist

I don't really get the point you are trying to make. Are you trying to denounce the idea that some figure of speech, words and sentences have become loaded with a negative charge? In the case of the expression «melting pot», this label was extensively used to allow, encourage or excuse laws and behaviors that were harmful to recent immigrants. Building a new life in a new country surrounded by strangers from another culture isn't always an easy choice when it's indeed a choice. There is many challenges to meet and forgetting your roots, even partially, is sometimes very, very hard to many people.

Nobody is being asked to forget their roots. It's like queso dip, a piece of meat does not suddenly become another substance because its in the dip. May I ask if you support a community not integrating to the culture they live in?

(17-06-2015 12:47 PM)epronovost Wrote:  In the same fashion the concept of «Land of opportunity» was frequently used to belittle those who tried and failed to achieve prosperity. Nobody is fooled by the idea that everyone can succeed. In a capitalist system only a few will win and the others will lose the race to the top and fall down. It's the nature of the system, yet those who failed, for various reasons, don't simply evaporate from the society. They must live in it and those who wins must learn to deal with them daily for they represent a large portion of the population.

What other term is PC approved?


(17-06-2015 12:47 PM)epronovost Wrote:  If you don't want to needlessly offense people by using terms and figure of speech they think are insulting, infuriating or anything else like that, you will have to know them and learn from them. We all insulted someone without truly wanting it at some point, it’s part of life. We learn from it and stop doing it in the future unless your objective is to truly offend someone.

No thank you. Perhaps the people that are the problem are politically correct assholes that need to be coddled through their lives and have their hands held to not offed their fee-fees. F-them.

BTW... its a micro-aggression to respond to a person mentioning that they are a conservative Christian with anything else than a welcoming response. Surely a scowl or a small scoff or even asking them about logical consistencies can hurt SOMEONES feelings.
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17-06-2015, 03:44 PM
RE: WTF are MicroAggressions?
@Gilgamesh

Except the second rule state rather clearly that feelings are important. To deny their importance is to be deluded. We are humans. We use our emotions and our feelings to relate to our environment. If you want to critique someone the first thing you need to do is show that persons that you respect her, are willing to understand her point of view, desire to help her improve and remain open for her to critique you. If you fail to meet those requirements, you might just insult the person in the first, you are going to save yourself some time and efforts. Nobody has ever convinced someone else that they were right without meeting those requirements. Ever wondered why so many debates end up with both sides holding to their arguments?

@Gatheist

Like I said before, we all insulted someone at some point and they were completely justified to let us know it and protest. Our job is to learn to communicate in a better fashion and the job of those who were insulted by such thing is to learn to protest in manner that will allow us to understand what they mean and also learn from it. Has for your fear of where this might lead us, there is an old saying that says that we should worry about crossing the river when we will be in front of it.
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