Occidental College faculty are considering a microaggression reporting system to let students report insensitive remarks by faculty or classmates. Reason TV asked Occidental students what constitutes a microaggression. Just about everything, it turns out.
Asked about free speech, most students backed the idea, in theory, if not in practice, write Zach Weissmueller and Alexis Garcia.
“If you say ‘You’re less of a person because you’re Muslim/Jewish/Christian/Catholic… that’s not okay. That’s a hate crime,” one student told us.
Another student argued that the government should curtail the speech of Donald Trump, while a protest organizer told us that free speech is a rhetorical device used by the privileged against the oppressed.
In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 40 percent of millennials believe the government should restrict speech offensive to minorities.