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Microaggressions

By brittketchadmin | Posted in News on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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I have a macroaggression for one half of today’s 10/15/15 Chicago Tribune Perspective page:  “Stupid.”  Regina Rici, who (I checked) appears to be a run of the mill Caucasian  woman, PhD, assistant professor and faculty fellow at NYU, and guest Tribune Perspective writer  refers to herself as part of “an underground moral culture of the disempowered.”  This disempowered PhD criticizes a study of microaggression that described the phenomena as part of a culture of victimhood.  Ms. Rini asserts Campbell and Manning’s “culture” analysis is morally flawed as it only considers the morals of the dominant cultures and that somehow reporting mircroaggressions on twitter will help the disempowered respond to moral mistreatment.   She hopes reporting of these incredibly small and petty (her words) grievances in social media over time will allow us to see the pattern of seemingly inconsequential microaggressions as a whole.  Apparently authors Campbell and Manning committed moral microagression against Ms. Rini in authoring their theory, and should be reported on twitter as well as in the pages of the tribune.

Ms. Rini isn’t done, however.  She cites the perfectly reasonable theory that “students should also be taught how to live in a world full of potential offenses”  as an unreasonable response to these petty and small grievances.   She posits that “what is taught to students now will help create the culture of the future.”  First, I’d like to find out what was taught that resulted in the present culture, go back in time, and eliminate it.  Second, as a parent who has paid for three college educations, I wonder how many other parents would object to paying good tuition dollars to have their children schooled in the art and science of using twitter to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Ester Cepeda, on the other half of the Perspective page, wrote on her mixed feelings for the commercialization of her culture’s Day of the Dead celebration.  Ms Cepeda, an actual member of a minority, didn’t complain as a member of “an underground moral culture of the disempowered” but penned a perfect example of dealing with a “world full of potential offences” and concludes that her right to point out when others are being tacky is all part of the brewing of the melting pot we live in.

The Tribune leans further to the left every day, so I’d hardly recommend that your readers actually buy a paper.  However, it would be worth the cost to compare the voice of the culture of victimhood, Ms. Rini, with the voice of someone who could really choose to get her shorts in a knot, but decided against it.

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