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Calling Out 'Political Correctness' Is Offensive, Says University of Wisconsin

UW-Milkwauee accuses its critics of playing speech police, fails to grasp irony.

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The American public university's war on words has entered a new phase: the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will soon move from "passive" programming to the more sinister sounding "active programming": conversations, facilitated by the administration, that see to limit offensive speech.

Think UW-Milwaukee is being a tad too politically correct? You too might run afoul of the administration, since complaining about "political correctness" is now considered a microaggression, according to the university's ironically-named Inclusive Excellence Center.

The university's website complains that "PC has become a way to deflect, say that people are becoming too sensitive, and police language." Yes, a web page designed for the sole purpose of discouraging offensive speech is now complaining that its critics are actually the ones policing language.

UW cites the work of Dr. Derald Wing Sue as inspiring its efforts. But Sue recently expressed concern that universities were taking his ideas too far.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's Ari Cohn told Heat Street that UW should be careful:

"While universities are free to educate students about the impact of certain words or language and encourage them to consider that while speaking to one another, such efforts must be strictly aspirational," Cohn said. "A university that engages in a campaign like this must be careful and make clear to students that no administrative or disciplinary action will be taken against those who do not agree or comply with the universities views."

Universities can criticize language they deem offensive, but their students have every right to go on ignoring them.

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  1. complaining about “political correctness” is now considered a microaggression

    Did they hire Ken White? This is his schtick.

    1. complaining about the slightest of perceived slights is not harassment?

      1. It is indeed harassment, and a microaggression too. If it’s done with the intent to damage a reputation, even truthfully, perhaps we can get it criminalized. See the documentation of America’s leading criminal “satire” case at:

        http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

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  2. It’s practically like lining up at a bakery.

  3. So a zampolit assigned to every class?

  4. Tinfoil hat conspiracy time – the FBI magically uncovered 15,000 more Hillary emails today. I never bought that they were unable to recover them to begin with.

    Is this some sort of attempt to cover their asses in case those other emails end up leaked? We know other people have them – it’s just a matter of what they want to do with them. A whole lot of the bullshit the administration just spoon fed us about that investigation would go up in smoke.

    1. Whatever it is — it is *incredible* bullshit.

      All those “security” clowns who signed the anti-Trump letter should push to shut down both the DOJ and the State Department until the American People find out what is really going on.

      1. The American people pretty much abdicated any pretense that they had the slightest desire to find out what is really going on. If the very existence of the server wasn’t proof enough of intent to circumvent the open records act, turning over the emails in paper form certainly should have clued in anyone with a room temperature IQ.

        That was like paying your parking fine in pennies. She pulled out her metaphorical wang and waggled it in the face of the American people and they gave a collective “meh”.

        We deserve exactly what we are getting.

        1. Well said. 8-(

        2. We? I may be an American, but I didn’t fucking do it, or suggest anyone else do it, or not try to convince anyone else to do it

        3. “We deserve exactly what we are getting.”

          Over half of us don’t.

          And most of the other less-than-half are too busy with their lives and too interested in stuff other than politics and economics to know or care.

    2. Are you commenting on the right article?

      1. STAY ON TOPIC!!!!!111!!!!ELEVENTYONE!!!!

  5. “Programming”?

    Good, these SJWs need to learn STEM.

    1. I’ve yet to see anyone with a strong analytical mind fully embrace this bullshit

      1. Share an office with PhDs in physics and math and you will.

        Fuck, it’s not just ignorance on issues (Brexit in the case I’m thinking about) that’s scary. It’s a complete lack of any idea that they are ignorant combined with such self-assurance that makes you understand how camps go up.

        1. Indeed. Unfortunately a person’s brilliance in one subject is rarely predictive of competence in another.

  6. That’s not really what irony means. Orwellian sure. But its really just thought police taken to its logical conclusion.

  7. You too might run afoul of the administration, since complaining about “political correctness” is now considered a microaggression, according to the university’s ironically-named Inclusive Excellence Center.

    Let’s see. Does UW-Milwaukee receive federal funding? Why, yes, it does.

    It would be a damn shame if some 1A-minded judge pulled that plug on UW-Milwaukee.

    1. Hey, if it’s vindictive and hateful to yank gummint bucks from religious schools despite the obvious violation of First Amendment rights of students (and potential students), why would yet another violation of the First Amendment at a gummint-funded institution of “higher learning” (sic) matter any more?

      1. Do you actually have a point? Ever?

        1. He and that one other guy have exactly one point. For QL, it’s supposed government funding of religious schools. He brings it up in every thread, in about 99% of his posts, whether it has anything to do with the topic or not.

  8. Oh, when I called out political correctness, did you feel offended? Yeah, that was intended.

  9. Alt-text: “The Mot?rhead! It BURNS!!!”

    1. The headaches, the bloating, the sensitivity to light and sound…

      1. Looks like Justin Timberlake there in the middle is having the most nuanced reaction to Lemmy of the three

  10. Don’t you get it? Millenials are hip and open-minded and if you say differently, they’ll report you to the Honor Council.

    1. I saw an interesting phrase (in relation to silicon valley). Somebody called them “militantly open minded.” I thought that was quite apt.

    2. You forgot tolerant. Hip, open minded, and tolerant. Unless you’re an intolerant racist cishet white male Republican, of course.

  11. if you are offended by my words that is just a bonus for me.

  12. “PC has become a way to deflect, say that people are becoming too sensitive, and police language.”

    How dare you criticize the language police? What are you, some kind of Nazi?

  13. Millenials are hip and open-minded and if you say differently, they’ll report you to the Honor Council.

    They are Your Betters, you doddering old fool, wiser, smarter, and more sophisticated Than Every Generation Before Them(tm)! You think that cervical work you had done could possibly have mended without them, Brooksie?

    SUBMIT!

    1. Has anyone noticed a new (irritating) trait of (tattooed) millennials?

      They seem to like to lecture and offer unsolicited advice. It’s a couple of times I come across a waitress or server talking about shit I didn’t ask about.

      Is it me?

      1. Get your best Dago voice on, Rufus.

        “Look kid, I don’t want your opinion. I want you to bring the ravioli to the table, and keep my glass full. Some people do things, other serve them. Capiche?”

        1. Reminds me of this scene:

          http://bit.ly/2bcOr2y

          1. I was thinking more Joe Pesci in Goodfellas but that works!

        2. Don’t use “kid”. Use “paisanu”.

      2. I have tattoos. I don’t think I lecture people.
        I mean, now that I told you all about the tats, I am Smug.

        1. I just inserted that for embellishment to *strengthen* my meek observation.

            1. *runs away from Rufus’ lawn*

      3. I don’t mind the tattoos.

        I don’t think the tats and lecturing are related.

        1. They are in certain circles. I have many millennial friends with tats who aren’t fucking annoying. However, of the victim class millennials, the biggest bitchers tend to have tats, innumerable piercings, and/or multi-colored hair.

  14. Wisconsin is the spiritual home of progressivism is it not?

  15. These motherfuckers are beyond parody, and I really don’t have the time or energy to mock them properly, so I’ll just say:

    Fuck off, slavers!

  16. So? what if offense was the intended reaction?

    I lose my right to engage in speech?

    Nah, fuck you.

  17. Stop fucking swearing!

  18. RE: Calling Out ‘Political Correctness’ Is Offensive, Says University of Wisconsin
    UW-Milkwauee accuses its critics of playing speech police, fails to grasp irony.

    The thought police at UW-Milwaukee are correct in criticizing their critics. Their critics obviously failed to recognize the function of the thought police. They are the sole entity that determines what can and what cannot be said. That is one of the major functions of The State, policing thoughts and words. So to criticize the thought police at this tax payer subsidized university is inappropriate. How else are students going to learn the wise and proven ideas of Karl Marx, may his name be blessed, Lenin, Mao, et al if the students question their re-education masters about the many failures socialism has brought. How else are the students are going to learn to be lemmings for socialism if they are politically incorrect? How else is socialism is to thrive in our higher institutions of re-education if the thought police cannot do their important and noble jobs? Did anyone stop to ask the critics of the thought police that?

  19. Kids, learn and use this phrase: “Fuck off, you guilt-peddling twat”.

    -jcr

  20. Monty Python Pre-Empts Reason Commenters by 40 Years

    Graham Chapman: I think all righthtinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired.

    All: Yes, yes…

    Graham Chapman: I’m certainly not! And I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.

    Not Sure?: Mrs. Havoc-Jones.

    Mrs. Havoc-Jones: Well, I meet a lot of people and I’m convinced that the vast majority of wrongthinking people are right.

  21. “… universities views.” Um, “university’s views” would be a more better use of English.

  22. That scratching sound is me crossing another out-of-state public university from the kids’ list.

  23. This is just standard leftist practice. Invent words and terms that give the left a rhetorical advantage, and forbid the use of words and terms used to criticize the left.

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  27. It’ll implode. There will be a backlash, and it will be delicious. As was reported here in March, UK student unions have discontinued cisgender gay male representation, because of…you know what? There is no reason. It’s pretty much some hysterical intersectional bullshit.
    Fuck ’em. I’m done. I’ve always been libertarian. I’ve pretty much rejected the label “gay” anyway, and only use it because it’s convenient and generally understood in those situations when my orientation even comes up. Even then, as soon as a natural opportunity arises in conversation, I tend to distance myself from the set of cultural, social, philosophical, and political beliefs that “gay” (or even worse “LGBTQWERTY”) has come to mean. I’m a man who likes men. These people have never represented or spoken for me.
    Plus, it’s high time someone said it: The rainbow flag is fucking garish and ugly.

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