University in London Warns Classic Books Can be Bad for You, Adds ‘White Fragility’ Books to Reading Lists
“If you feel uncomfortable with anything then please stop your activity, it is important that you look after your own wellbeing.”
Next thing you know, the Queen Mary University of London will hand out coloring books and pacifiers.
From The Daily Mail:
They’re told to issue ‘trigger warnings’ to protect undergraduate students from some course content, now academics are being urged to stop reading ‘uncomfortable’ content to protect their own wellbeing.
Queen Mary University of London has provided a reading list for staff to educate them on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.
It contains classic school texts, such as Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and children’s book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The list also comes with a ‘content warning’ from the human resources department that states: ‘Some of the following books and resources may have content and refer to sensitive issues that some individuals may find upsetting.
‘If you feel uncomfortable with anything then please stop your activity, it is important that you look after your own wellbeing.’
Other literary works recommended to staff at the university include Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.
Staff are also directed towards a number of texts on ‘whiteness, white fragility and advantage.’ They include the 2017 bestseller Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge and a blog called: The Sugarcoated Language of White Fragility.
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