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U. Iowa Offers Black Students Microaggressions Support Group

U. Iowa Offers Black Students Microaggressions Support Group

“An open, supportive environment.”

Microaggressions are apparently a big problem at the University of Iowa, especially for black students. That’s the only conclusion one could reach based on a new support group offered at the school.

The Daily Caller reports:

Iowa Offers Black Students Support Group To Deal With Microaggressions

This fall, the University of Iowa is offering black students a weekly support group to help them deal with microaggressions and “deepen their resilient qualities.”

“The Black at Iowa Support Group is geared towards providing students who identify as African/African-American with an opportunity to join together to celebrate their successes as well as share their struggles at the university,” the university website explains. “Students will gain an opportunity to deepen their resilient qualities by sharing their experiences in an open, supportive environment.”

The first example of “issues to be discussed” at the support group is “Coping with microaggressions experienced on campus.”

“Exploring racial identity and sense of belonging,” “Managing relationships with others,” “Defining balance between work, personal, and school life” and “Maintaining motivation in academic pursuits” are the other examples listed.

Here’s the official description of the group from the university website:

The Black at Iowa Support Group is geared towards providing students who identify as African/African-American with an opportunity to join together to celebrate their successes as well as share their struggles at the university. Students will gain an opportunity to deepen their resilient qualities by sharing their experiences in an open, supportive environment. Examples of issues to be discussed are:

  • Coping with microaggressions experienced on campus
  • Exploring racial identity and sense of belonging
  • Managing relationships with others
  • Defining balance between work, personal, and school life
  • Maintaining motivation in academic pursuits

Isn’t this offering a little condescending and therefore a microaggression itself?

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Comments

An open, supportive environment…except if you are a Jew. Then its open season!

thalesofmiletus | September 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Apparently 18 years experience of being Black “in the wild” doesn’t prepare you for the kid-glove experience of the Cathedral. If I didn’t know better, I’d say the university is teaching Black kids to take offense and see enemies everywhere.

“The Black at Iowa Support Group is geared towards providing students who identify as African/African-American…”

A student merely has to “identify” as the target group to attend? Attention Rachel Dolezal: you’re in!

Awwwww, how cute!

Their mascot, the Hawkeye, is utterly dismissive of visually challenged Americans.

Oh, the decline of my alma mater.

In training to be a super snowflake! Courtesy of University of Iowa.

They are training adults to be incapable of functioning in society.

I need to remember this when I get the next fundraising request.

I wish somebody would teach these kids that we are all in this together, and that every one of us has to, from time to time, put up with someone who decides to dislike us. People do that, and they do it for all kinds of reasons: race, creed, color, national origin, and also accent, school identity, political party, height, weight, and dental condition!

The next lesson is, no individual can do very much to you. In particular, no individual can keep you from having a happy life, or doing whatever you want (legally, of course) that you can afford.

IF and >only< if the description of the support group is correct, it is a good step forward for these tragically over-reacting hyper-sensitive individuals to get a grip on reality and begin to cope with their anxieties instead of cramming them onto others.

I suspect the support group will simply become another platform for the micro-agressed to mega-annoy the world in general while their underlying mental disorder remains untreated.

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