In at least one Rutgers residence hall, students are being encouraged to use only language that is “helpful” and “necessary” to avoid committing microaggressions, reports Campus Reform.
“Erected as part of the university’s Language Matters campaign, the bulletin board instructs students to ask themselves whether their choice of words is ‘true,’ ‘helpful,’ ‘inspiring,’ ‘necessary,’ and ‘kind’ before speaking out,” reports Campus Reform. It also lists offensive terms, such as “retarded” and “illegal aliens.”
The “Language Matters” website tells students there are three types of microaggressions:
A microassault may include “avoiding someone,” for instance, while an example of a microinsult is telling someone they are strong for a girl. A microinvalidation, meanwhile, could involve asking an Asian or Latino person where they are from.
If students are afraid of saying the wrong thing, they’ll avoid speaking to each other, committing even more nano-assault/invalidation/insults. The web site also warns of non-verbal and “environmental” microaggressions, but doesn’t provide examples. So, just keep to yourself, students.
University of Nebraska at Lincoln, my father’s alma mater, declares on its web site: “We believe in the freedom of speech, and encourage the expression of ideas and opinions, and do not tolerate words and actions of hate and disrespect.”
If a student freely expresses hatred of censorship and disrespect for UN’s no-tolerance policy, what then? What about disrespect for Chancellor Ronnie Green, who said that the policy is “non-negotiable” (whatever that means)?