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The Latest Microaggression: Educating Students About… Microaggression!

Triggers all the way down

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It's triggers all the way down. The Brandeis University Asian American Students Association was forced to apologize for putting up a display protesting common anti-Asian microaggressions that was itself considered to be a microaggression by some students.

Don't follow? Here's what happened, according to Legal Insurrection: BAASA taped a bunch of flyers to the steps of a campus building that contained examples of microaggressions, such as "You don't look Asian," "You're not really Asian," and "Why do Asians always hang out together."

In a statement, BAASA explained its purpose:

Our purpose in this installation is to represent the entirety of the effects of these derogatory or negative, racially based, comments called "microaggressions". These comments build upon each other; when we hear these words used against us on a daily basis, the burden can be overwhelming and frustrating. Now, you see how these words, when visually placed together on the Rabb steps, become impossible to ignore. This is what it feels like to hear microaggressions constantly used against you. These papers are invasive of a space that you often inhabit and must pass through; similar to how these remarks invade our communities and the space we share as a whole: Brandeis. The experience is often alarming, alienating, and ultimately harmful. To us, it is unavoidable.

But some Asian students took offense at the display (which was intended to educate students about offensiveness, remember), forcing an apology from the group:

In addition, we would like to acknowledge and apologize to the Asian students on campus who were triggered or hurt by the content of the microaggressions in our installation. We understand and empathize with the effects that this installation could have without the context of the explanation provided on our Tumblr. As a response to student concerns, we installed a condensed physical explanation of our mission statement today at the Rabb steps. We want to reinforce that this installation is a commentary on how these insults build up together to create a campus environment that does not welcome Asian students.

As Legal Insurrection's William Jacobson points out, we may be opening up a new frontier in the campus feelings-protection regime—trigger warnings for trigger warnings:

I can envision a campus walking path with one Trigger Warning after another warning of the next Trigger Warning, with no end in sight, so that you never actually heard the words or ideas against which they were warning.

It would be like a Russian matryoshka doll, with each layer a Trigger Warning, but no center.

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  1. Where are you FoE?

    1. In a fetal position under my desk.

      1. Hey, no need for that – you can’t be first every time. After all, even Bo loses an argument once in a while.

        1. Why shit on Bo? He’s not even close to the most obnoxiously stubborn regular here. Close to the dumbest and most fallacious, but he is more likely to admit he’s wrong than, say, John.

          1. Not even close. I’ve seen John actually reverse himself before. Bo just digs his heels in and moves the goalposts.

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  2. We understand and empathize with the effects that this installation could have without the context of the explanation provided on our Tumblr.

    “Also, the other installation was not a cross, but lower case ‘t’ – for ‘time to stop micro aggressions’. We had to set it on fire so people could see it”

    1. Yeah, the whole article almost sounds wistful for the days when somebody would make fun of them for ‘righting it on file’.

  3. “Offensitivity” – Bloom County

    http://www.yesbutnobutyes.com/…..11759.html

  4. Asian parents promptly smack those offended kids over wasting valuable study time on identity politics.

  5. OMG YOU GAMERGATE PSYCHOPATHS ARE JUST LIKE 24/7 ANTI-SJW I DONT EVEN

  6. microaggressions, such as “You don’t look Asian,” “You’re not really Asian,” and “Why do Asians always hang out together.”

    That’s the best they could come up with? “Micro” indeed.

    1. “Is it true Asians have micro penises?”

    2. Microaggressions like “Could you help me with my math homework?” , “You’re kind of hot for an Asian guy.” and “Do you like Akira Kurosawa movies?”

      1. Or, “how about Tazawa to hold and Uehara to save?”

      2. “Hey baby, why do they call your people inscrutable? You look plenty scrutable to me!”

    3. There are more here and here; Robby just did a poor job picking.

      I’m surprised they left out “Where are you really from?”

      And “go back where you came from” is not a micro-aggression.

      1. “Do you know how Asian babes are named? Throw a pan down a flight of stairs.”

        Funny!

  7. I think these students are presenting a slanted perspective. If they’re too yellow to confront awkward social interactions, they should wok away from college altogether.

    1. I consider Switzy’s distinct lack of a *narrows gaze* to this comment to be a microagression.

  8. I sympathize with the Asians who didn’t like the poster in this case. If I was an Asian, I’d be pissed off if someone was handing out instructions on the correct way to be patronizing towards Asians.

    Which is really what this shit is. “Asians are too pussy to deal with microaggreessions, so here’s how to coddle their delicate feelings in the correct way. It’s our burden as white men to treat them properly so their feelings aren’t hurt. “

  9. ” Don’t follow?”

    Nope, and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to. This generation may be hopeless. We all treat Bo lie a mendacious, whiny moron. But what if he’s as good as it gets from this group?

    1. Hey now, I’m a “millennial” (I think) and look how I turned out? Yeah we’re pretty fucked. Invest in psychiatric pharmaceuticals, they’re sure to go up.

  10. “Why do Asians always hang out together?”

    It’s called sticky rice. Everyone knows that.

    1. “Why do Asians always hang out together?”

      Best way to make fun of the stupid gaijin?

  11. Actually, the path of trigger warning could be circular, so eventually you would come to a trigger warning warning you of the trigger warning at the beginning of the path. A trigger warning loop.

    Appropriate analogy for the modern university: two people with their assholes pressed against each other pooping back and forth, forever and ever.

    1. two people with their assholes pressed against each other pooping back and forth, forever and ever.

      The anal caterpiller trigger.

    2. I’m surprised they use the term “trigger warning” at all… After all, triggers are on guns, and we know how the SJW leftists feel about those evil devices.

  12. MY RACE IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS.

    DO NOT DISCUSS MY RACE.

  13. Trigger please!

    1. Needs a comma for full effect.

  14. I cannot wait until these buffoons go out into the real world and try to get a job from me.

    1. Eh. The problem is that more and more of the real world is catering to them. They might not get a job from you, but they will get a job from a non-profit or something funded by the government, directly or indirectly.

  15. I can envision a campus walking path with one Trigger Warning after another warning of the next Trigger Warning, with no end in sight, so that you never actually heard the words or ideas against which they were warning.

    It would be like a Russian matryoshka doll, with each layer a Trigger Warning, but no center.

    A Burma Shave series comes to my mind:

    Step no further/Turn around/there’s nothing good here/to be found/you’ll want to stop/cock sucker

  16. Micloagglessions?

  17. It’s noteworthy that half of the shit the term “micro-aggression” is being used for aren’t really aggressions of any sort. Aggression is defined by intention. I’m not being aggressive if I accidentally walk across your lawn because I don’t know where it starts. I’m being aggressive if I deliberately walk across your lawn because I don’t like you. The subject of the “micro-aggression” doesn’t just get to say that anything they find remotely offensive counts as a micro-aggression. They have to take into account whether the person meant to give offense or not. Unintentional offenses therefore shouldn’t count as “micro-aggressions”. And all sorts of people are capable of saying things that may be interpreted in a vaguely racist way. Some responsibility must lie with the individual receiving a comment to interpret it in a reasonable way.

    1. Come on, Hazel: The first thing the left does is redefine words.

  18. This article about micro-aggressions caused by talking about micro-aggressions triggered me.

  19. What a bunch of goddam pansies. Trigger this, you little turds.

  20. If getting offended takes up the bulk of your day at school, maybe you need a degree that’s better preparing you for your career. Or maybe just quite crying and do your GD homework. Generally, people who are that obsessed with their own emotional life don’t have enough to do.

  21. This is a trigger warning for my next post, which will contain a trigger warning for the subsequent post, which itself will have a trigger warning. If you are offended by trigger warnings you should not read this post.

  22. A lot of students around the world are stressed today, and micro-aggressions aren’t the biggest issue. There are so many college demands and assignments that challenge students and make them apply for expert help. Writing an essay is very important in receiving quality education. The essay helps students to develop critical thinking and research skills, as well as the ability to develop and logically defend certain position. Unfortunately, many students aren’t taught the art and craft of writing, so they can’t learn about themselves as students and human beings as well.

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