Microaggressions, Microassaults and Microinsults
Just when you thought you had a handle on the subversive thought-police infractions known as “microagressions”, the big brains at Rutgers University had to go ahead and further muddy the waters of what is and isn’t allowed to be uttered on America’s college campuses. Called Campus Reform, the uni has recently launched a campaign to ensure that no one’s feelings will ever get hurt again through verbal (and non-verbal) transgressions: “microassaults,” “microinsults’ and “microinvalidations.” Students there are being encouraged to use only language that is “helpful”, “necessary” and “productive” to avoid committing microaggressions. A microassault may include “avoiding someone,” for instance, while an example of a microinsult is telling a girl you are attracted to her or asking someone on a date. A microinvalidation, meanwhile, could involve asking an Asian or Latino person where they are from or about their ethnic heritage. Victims of microaggressions are “more at risk for illness and decreased immune system,” according to Rutgers reps, “and may feel more vulnerable, which can lead to lower self-esteem, anxiety and depression.” Oh, please.
Anyway, word games are just one of the ways of suppressing politically incorrect ideas, instead of debating them. The notion of “microaggression” is just one of many tactics used to stifle differences of opinion by declaring some opinions to be “hate speech” or “subjective supremacy” or “prejudice” instead of debating those differences in a competitive marketplace of ideas. The Thinkpol at Rutgers and other colleges are not necessarily aiming at authoritarianism. But their know-it-all mindset leads inevitably down that path, even if by small steps, each of which might be called “micro-totalitarianism.” “Cultural re-education” is a Maoist tactic, don’t forget. George Orwell once quipped, “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” Fun vid below.