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U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student Govt. Warns of Dangers of Microaggressions

U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student Govt. Warns of Dangers of Microaggressions

“Racial Micro-Aggressions are very prevalent, but many aren’t able to identify them”

It’s reassuring to know the student government at this school is really focused on the important things.

Campus Reform reports:

Student gov warns peers about ‘very prevalent’ ‘microagressions’ like mispronouncing names

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student government recently posted a guide on how to spot “racial microaggressions,” which it claims are a “very prevalent” problem in classrooms.

“Racial Micro-Aggressions are very prevalent, but many aren’t able to identify them,” the student government stated in a Facebook post. “Have you experienced racial micro-aggressions on campus, and if so were you able to IDENTIFY and DO something about it?”

The group’s post explains that “a lot of the time racial discrimination in the classroom doesn’t seem as direct but nevertheless still has the same impact on students of color.”

The “racial microaggressions” highlighted in the post include asking classmates “where they’re really from,” uttering “seemingly passive comments” that are “influenced by racial stereotyping,” and “instructors purposely mispronouncing a student’s ethnic name despite being corrected multiple times.”

The same post suggests “racial microaggressions” are influenced by power dynamics, offering ways to identify if one is being discriminated against by somebody who is “in a position of power.”


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I teach anatomy. My students have microaggressed the crap out of some dead bodies by mispronouncing their parts.

As an alumnus of the University, I’m just embarrassed by how woke they’ve become. I’ve already advised them they won’t see a nickel from me while this craziness is going on. The University of Illinois used to be a fine research facility.

If the Black community didn’t adopt bizarre names and spellings (supposedly in rejection of “slave names” and a fake Africanization of names by people who have no more knowledge of Swahili than I do), there would be less mispronunciation of their names.

I have dealings in the Thai community, and most of the Thais I know have adopted American first names for two reasons — (1) to make it easy for us, and (2) to avoid having us mangle their names.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Geologist. | December 8, 2019 at 9:43 am

    A shipmate of mine had one of those names full of apostrophes and an “eous” ending. he was a good man, a good shipmate, and smart as can be.

    He knew he’d stand virtually no chance getting a real job (meaning: not a quota filler and not a government “job”) unless his resume had a name on it that would get him past the front desk in personnel. With the help of an understanding JAG officer, he changed his given name.

My first real research position after graduating college was working for a man who spent my entire first year there calling me by his nickname for me which was “Douche bag”. I went on to work for him a total of nearly five years and it was the best job I ever had where I learned more in the first year than I had in my previous 5 years of college. He drove me to accomplish far more than I ever dreamed possible and it had such a powerful and positive effect on my training that I shudder to think how much less successful I would have been without this incredible experience. I can only imagine how, if I had thrown a childish fit at being called “Douche bag” and refused to work there, my career would have suffered. Perhaps if these children today would “Suck it up buttercup” and spend more time focusing on improving themselves instead of complaining about these things they would discover a far more important world out there.