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Ohio State Knife Attacker Abdul Artan Was Taking a Class About Microaggressions

His group project was due later this week.

ArtanScreenshot via The LanternBefore he was shot dead while attempting to murder a bunch of people with a car and a butcher's knife, Ohio State University student Abdul Artan—a Somali-born Pakistani immigrant who reportedly became radicalized after learning about injustices committed against fellow Muslims—was enrolled in a class called "Crossing Identity Boundaries."

In fact, he had a group project on "microaggressions" due later this week. The assignment, worth 15 percent of his grade, required students to find a dozen examples of microaggressions on social media and explain which identity groups were the victims, according to the syllabus.

The purpose of the class is to promote "intercultural leadership" and transform students into "actively engaged, socially just global citizen/leaders." It seems to go well beyond merely educating students, though—it actually requires them to become social justice activists.

One of Artan's classmates who was part of his microaggressions group tweeted a screenshot of the assignment and the names of her group's members, which included Artan. None of these students responded to a request for comment.

ArtanScreenshot

But I was able to confirm that the microaggressions assignment is indeed a component of the "Crossing Identity Boundaries" class. The course's instructor didn't respond to a request for comment, either.

According to the syllabus, the point of the microaggressions project is to make students "recognize the role of social diversity" and "demonstrate an appreciation for other points of view and cultures."

How awkward.

Photo Credit: The Lantern

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  • Rational Exuberance||

    The purpose of the class is to promote "intercultural leadership" and transform students into "actively engaged, socially just global citizen/leaders."

    The class obviously succeeded beyond a SJW's wildest dreams.

  • commodious got a stew going||

    Abdul's contributions were cutting and incisive. Really smashing effort, he rolled right through it.

  • ||

    He nailed it.

  • Quixote||

    These are very bad people, very bad, and we have to stop them from infiltrating our classrooms. Crack down on flag-burning too, and then satire, so we can make America great again. We have to stop the satire. We're going to stop the satire, we're going to stop the satire. Surely no one here would dare to defend the "First Amendment dissent" of a single, isolated judge in our nation's leading criminal "parody" case? See the documentation at:

    http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

  • Henry||

    The "micro" part seems to have gone right over his head, though. If he had used an X-Acto knife, he probably would have gotten an A.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    He didn't mince words, but fellow students instead.

  • elanna||

    this is why I just signed up. I read these comments every day and honestly it might be the part of the day I most anticipate. You guys are HILARIOUS!

  • elanna||

    I almost wish there was a thumbs up so I could show my appreciation for the ones that make me smile the most.

  • plusafdotcom||

    I've asked for/suggested that for years...

  • Free Society||

    And yet those contributions were prematurely shot down.

  • Jury Nullification||

    "Ohio State Knife Attacker Abdul Artan Was Taking a Class About Microaggressions"

    So, he was radicalized by a cutting edge American college curriculum.

  • macsnafu||

    No, no, no. He was triggered, not radicalized!

  • kinghiram91||

    If this were a reddit thread, you'd get gold.

  • Long Woodchippers||

    He did his assignment as performance art.

  • {|}===[|}:;:;:;:;:;:;:>||

    You'd think they'd be congratulating him for creating more victims who now get to run up the Marcusean ladder.

  • Hugh Akston||

    A class like that would make me pretty stabby too.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    So you would give it a proper lesser rating?

  • Juvenile Bluster||

    So what you're saying is that this was the fault of racist white people, because without them, the microaggressions class wouldn't have been needed, and then maybe he wouldn't have gotten all stabby?

  • Rational Exuberance||

    Didn't you pay attention in college? It is always the fault of straight white men.

  • John Titor||

    On the plus side, his macroaggressions teacher is giving him top marks for his very creative end of the seminar project.

  • Libertarian||

    Beats the hell out of a volcano model.

  • ||

    A Pakistani girls school called, they say your volcano models suck.

  • Bronson, Missouri||

    He got an A on the "aggression" part. We'll go with a gentleman's C for the "micro" section.

  • commodious got a stew going||

    A gentleman keeps his "C" to himself.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    The obvious question is: does focusing unstable people like him on SJW psychobabble actually create the very problem they claim they want to solve?

  • Zero Sum Game||

    Perhaps they need some Nietzsche in their lives:

    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

  • John Titor||

    Alas, they did read the part about The Last Men and decided to model themselves after it:

    "We have discovered happiness" -- say the Last Men, and they blink.

    They have left the regions where it is hard to live; for they need warmth. One still loves one's neighbor and rubs against him; for one needs warmth.

    Turning ill and being distrustful, they consider sinful: they walk warily. He is a fool who still stumbles over stones or men!

    A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And much poison at the end for a pleasant death.

    One still works, for work is a pastime. But one is careful lest the pastime should hurt one.

    One no longer becomes poor or rich; both are too burdensome. Who still wants to rule? Who still wants to obey? Both are too burdensome.

    No shepherd, and one herd! Everyone wants the same; everyone is the same: he who feels differently goes voluntarily into the madhouse.

    "Formerly all the world was insane," -- say the subtlest of them, and they blink.

  • John||

    The obvious question is: does focusing unstable people like him on SJW psychobabble actually create the very problem they claim they want to solve?

    It totally does. They are encouraging people to think of themselves as victims. You can't be a victim unless there is a perpetrator who made you that way. It is inevitable that a few unstable people are going to believe this bullshit and instead of crying go out and do something about it by taking violent revenge on their perceived oppressors.

  • ||

    It is inevitable that a few unstable people are going to believe this bullshit and instead of crying go out and do something about it by taking violent revenge on their perceived oppressors.

    And thus, IMO, the 2A is born.

  • Zeb||

    It is inevitable that a few unstable people are going to believe this bullshit and instead of crying go out and do something about it by taking violent revenge on their perceived oppressors.

    I'm sure that is true. Most of the time I'd argue that that isn't a good reason to discourage people from doing or talking about something. But the SJW shit is so harmful in other ways that it needs some serious pushback.

    I'm utterly flabbergasted (though probably shouldn't be at this point) that there is a class on fucking microaggression. You are right, it is just lessons on how to see yourself as a victim.

  • John||

    Beyond the danger of it causing some nut to go out and start trying to kill people, believing this bullshit is a recipe for a miserable life. Life is hard enough dealing with the really awful things people can and at some point will do to you. I can't imagine a more miserable existence than one that involves going around and trying to take every possible interaction and interpret as some kind of aggression. They are training these kids to be angry, bitter, miserable people. It is also a recipe for failure since once you view everything as an aggression and think the world is out to get you, you no longer take any responsibility for your own success.

    It is really evil and sick on so many levels.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Although my late mother had never heard of "microaggression" she had a bad tendency to do this sort of thing: constantly worrying about what somebody "really meant" by something they said or did. She caused herself a lot of unnecessary pain.

    To actually teach people to live that way is thoroughly fucked up.

  • John||

    Psychiatrists used to at least have a name for people like your mother, paranoids. These classes are training people to become paranoids and rewarding them for adopting a mild form of mental illness. Thoroughly fucked up is putting it mildly.

  • SQRLSY One||

    See "Psychobabble: Exploding the Myths of the Self-Help Generation", by Stephen Briers. I'm pretty sure that is where I read (years ago) of a young lady who was encouraged to "stop blocking" and recall (sometimes under hypnosis?) ALL those times that that she was so horribly abused! Bring back those "repressed memories", whether they are real, or not! She whined and cried longer and louder, day after day, till she finally committed suicide! Then there's the case of psychiatry run amuck (especially in Texas) during the late 1980s / early 1990s, where social workers, educators, and policemen, etc., were offered bounties (money) to send victims to the shrink factories. Shrinks would "cure" these victims of their "repressed memories", at least until the health insurance ran out! Then they were suddenly cured! See http://www.skipsimpson.com/chron.html or go "Google" associated terms, including "false memories". The false memories hurt accused (fake) "abusers" as well as the supposedly abused, I might add. Making up pains to obsess about, or even helping people to obsess about real but minor pain, is doing them no favors at all.
    Maybe time to sue the SJWs and psychobabblers for the damage that they do?

  • John||

    Squrlsy One,

    Experience is subjective. The effect on me of honestly believing something bad happened to me is the same whether it really happened or I imagined it. In a sane world, they would be trying to hypnotize people to enable them to forget being raped. In our insane world, they hypnotize people to convince them they were raped.

    One of the cruelest things happening today is the feminist expansion of the definition of rape to include anything the women might later regret. Where in the past a woman would get drunk and sleep with a guy and later think "that was dumb" and move on with her life, today, campus feminists are convincing such women that they have been raped and turning a benign or at worst regrettable experience into a life altering trauma. It is sick and sadistic. And it is no different than religious fanatics who convince women who have had sex they are going to hell and have destroyed their souls. The same sick dynamic is going on in both cases.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Amen, Bro!

  • GILMORE™||

    Although my late mother had never heard of "microaggression" she had a bad tendency to do this sort of thing: constantly worrying about what somebody "really meant" by something they said or did.

    This is eerily familiar.

    My mom has what i always thought was a unique habit of "Ignoring what people actually say" and instead responding to what she "thinks they actually meant".

    She may even go through 3 different versions of imagined 'intent' before eventually accepting the literal meaning of the words. But only after repeated 3 or 4 times.

    I realize this is probably fairly common in people, in greater or lesser degrees of ridiculousness. I once worked with a woman who was like that, and it was infuriating - because it felt like conversations were being translated by some invisible interpreter who was purposely telling her the worst possible version of any words that came out of my mouth.

    I think its a common stereotype that men are 'overly-literal' where women tend to communicate via expressions of feeling- where 'how things are said' often communicates more than what is said.

  • SamHell||

    My wife does this any time we argue, I just assumed it was because she's a member of the bat shit crazy opposite sex!

  • Suicidy||

    Woman's be thinkin' too much!

  • Zeb||

    Not only does it prepare you to make yourself miserable, it gives anyone who wants to upset you a convenient weapon to use against you.
    I really believe that if you want to get rid of (or continue reducing anyway) racism, sexism, etc. the only thing that is going to help is to convince people to stop caring so much about the little stuff. I'm sure a lot of people who make offensive or bigoted comments to people do it just because of the power that such words and statements have to hurt people.

  • John||

    You can't read someone's mind. Not everything that happens or even most things has to do with racism. Suppose you cut someone off on the way home tonight. If that person is black, they could look at that and go "typical white person cutting me off". And they may be right. But they likely are not. You don't know people's motives. Maybe you are just an asshole and would cut anyone off. Maybe you didn't mean to do it. Who knows. But by focusing on racism we encourage more of it because we cause people to assume everything bad the other race does is the result of racism. And that is no way to run a society.

  • DOOMco||

    right, like we can respect the opinion of a white Republican. get bent, shitlord.
    /sarc

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    I think we need to adopt Keith Ellison's proposal so I can go back to hating on people with blue eyes.

  • dchang0||

    This is why when people cry out for world peace or universal gun bans, I tell them that the only way world peace could ever occur is for all humans to biologically and physiologically be connected to a hive mind.

    Otherwise, conflict between individuals will occur and will lead to occasional physical violence. This is just a plain fact--so long as we cannot read minds and cannot make perfect consensus (via a hive mind that weighs all individual desires against the single collective), there will be murder and war (and people being assholes).

  • Cloudbuster||

    From beyond the grave, Lenny Bruce approves.

  • Lee Genes||

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    Jordan Peterson is awesome. Here is the full three hour podcast with Rogan.Do yourself a favor and listen to the whole thing.

    Has anyone done his self-authoring programs? Sounds intriguing.

  • GILMORE™||

    I listened to about 1/3 of it last night. It was good. Most of it seemed just an articulation of the same complaints about the SJW methods/rhetoric that we've gone over for the last 5-6 years or so, albeit more-concise, and with some helpful analogy and context (references to psych theory, marxist academic trends, etc.)

  • SamHell||

    Thanks watched the whole thing, that guy is intense.

  • CatoTheChipper||

    THREE HOUR podcast, and every minute was interesting.

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    Same here. I'd never heard of Peterson before. Very insightful guy.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    Beyond the danger of it causing some nut to go out and start trying to kill people, believing this bullshit is a recipe for a miserable life.

    Something tells me how to avoid a miserable life is not something you have got all figured out either.

  • John||

    Something tells me you do a lot of projection. I would say my life is pretty great. Sorry if yours isn't.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    I suppose "happy ranter" could be a thing. My apologies.

  • John||

    Absolutely. Everyone has a vice.

  • Trainer||

    "Happy ranter" is definitely a thing. Most of the ranters I know are pretty happy, stable people but are more than willing to call bull shit when needed.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    When I was in the Navy we used to say "a bitchin' sailor is a happy sailor".

  • Suicidy||

    I especially enjoy it when. My ranting, and subsequent cackling, turns proggie smiles upside down.

  • ||

    When I was first called a 'wop' I didn't know what it meant. Know what an elder told me? 'Move on. Don't let it stew in you. It's unhealthy. There's no point.'

    Best advice EVAH!

  • DOOMco||

    I was once called a "potato nigger"
    I just burst into laughter.

  • AceDroman||

    That is awesome and I'm going to use it frequently

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    A "potato nigger" handle is much more memorable than "DOOMco." Food for thought.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Wow! OK, I had to look it up... It is the Irish, it makes sense now...

    So maybe a good handle for all the Marxist / SJW / navel-gazing wound-licking professors and proggies would be "Grievance Nigger", then...

  • SQRLSY One||

    But then again... If we, the Loud and Proud Members of the Squirrel Tribe start getting called "Nut Niggers"... We're gonna have to posse up and chew yer nuts off!!!

  • Darth Squirrel||

    Yeah!

  • Henry||

    But only the white ones, obviously. Otherwise...

  • bacon-magic||

    I didn't know of the potato nigger name for us Irish, that's hilarious. *takes a swig of Mickeys malt

  • Bill Dalasio||

    Beyond the danger of it causing some nut to go out and start trying to kill people, believing this bullshit is a recipe for a miserable life.

    It also completely short-circuits the maturation process. Look at it - we have students at some of our top universities resorting to literally playing with Play-do and coloring books because a candidate they didn't like got elected.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Sometimes it's microaggression and sometimes it's just a toothache.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    Most of the time I'd argue that that isn't a good reason to discourage people from doing or talking about something. But the SJW shit is so harmful in other ways that it needs some serious pushback.

    I'd suggest the problem isn't that the colleges fail to discourage the SJW bullshit so much as they actively discourage disagreement with the SJW line. That's the thing about this sort of nonsense, it doesn't survive very well in competition. Let people respond with the mockery and contempt this deserves and it will crawl back under its rock.

  • Johnimo||

    "But the SJW shit is so harmful in other ways that it needs some serious pushback."

    The pushback that we need is privatization of all education. That would end the nonsense we currently have with PC mania. Not likely, is it? Thus, the madness continues! At least it's entertaining, assuming one's not caught in the crossfire.

  • Lee Genes||

    They are encouraging people to think of themselves as victims. You can't be a victim unless there is a perpetrator who made you that way.

    I have been ranting about this concept for over two decades now. Victimhood as a position of elevated morality is a one way ticket to violence and despair.

  • John||

    I am not sure if that is by design or they really are just that stupid or maybe both.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    It hijacks some machinery nestled deeply in our brains.

    I think that creating a sense of victimhood isn't enough alone to make it stick. That takes a more fundamental mind hack.

    The brain's the hardware. Disgust is the controller. Self-victimization is the software. Modifying the first two only really works for little children. At some point they're mostly stuck. Monkeying with the "software" works well enough into young adulthood until the brain begins to settle into its final physiology that someone will have for the rest of his life. The parents and early education prep a kid for where the real work is done in college.

    This isn't limited to leftist views, though. The proggies just go through a cultural path considered "normal." Ever notice how jihadis are almost all roughly the same average age? Consider the average age for SJWs, radical feminists, radical right terrorists, etc. They don't all act out violently, many just use rhetoric that enables the violent ones.

    What happens when you focus all of this kind of training on someone who has learned from birth to admire martyrs? You get crusades. You get pogroms. You get jihad.

    There are people you should be disgusted by. You are special. You could have been someone without those people holding you back. Fight the power. The man. The system. The people who did this to you.

  • John||

    There are people you should be disgusted by. You are special. You could have been someone without those people holding you back. Fight the power. The man. The system. The people who did this to you.

    That is exactly the thinking. And it is not restricted to SJWs or in any way new.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    The question then becomes: why do we think we can use the same techniques that radicalize someone in a terrorist training camp for "good" in a college classroom and honestly expect a better outcome?

  • John||

    They actually don't think that. They don't think at all. They don't understand what they are doing and have no idea how the process of radicalizing someone actually works.

  • ant1sthenes||

    "What happens when you focus all of this kind of training on someone who has learned from birth to admire martyrs? You get crusades. You get pogroms. You get jihad."

    Martyr is a loaded word. The crusaders were certainly viewed as defenders of the faith, but the Christian notion of martyrdom (biblically, at any rate) is more tied to non-violent civil disobedience. The Islamic notion seems to place more emphasis on battlefield death leading to a better afterlife, sort of like a mashup of western/middle eastern monotheism with Valhalla. I'm not culturally or theologically literate in the latter, though, so I'll allow that it could just be a question of modern politics rather than ancient doctrine.

  • Tony||

    The thing I can't get past is that you guys, rightwing FOX News junkies, play the victim like nobody else. It's all you ever do. It's the sum total of Republican politics.

    Oh woe is me, the poor white man, beset by the horrific oppression of being annoyed by a Youtube video or other form of anecdote.

    There's a war on Christmas! Everybody take up arms and hide in their bunkers!

    If victim mentality is a problem then conservative white dudes need to focus on themselves before they hurt more people.

  • Tony||

    You tell me what John's politics are other than whining about how oppressed people like him are at the hands of libruls.

  • Sevo||

    He's not real bright.

  • ||

    Yeah totally happens.

    I think Tony reads words and makes them into whatever Lego fairy tale narrative he wants.

    Your slip is showing by the way.

  • John||

    Tony, there are a ton of things you don't understand. And this is just one of them. You biggest problem is that you are incapable of seeing any fault in your own side. So in a discussion about a crazy Muslim who was taking SJW victim classes who went out and tried to murder a bunch of people, you immediately respond with "what about white people" as if that is any kind of sensible response given the context.

    Your entire mind and thinking is centered around the idea of white men and anyone outside your leftist bubble being some kind of other responsible for all evil in the world and everything inside your bubble being pure and good. It is a bizarre way to think and makes it impossible to have a reasonable conversation with you most of the time.

  • Tony||

    You're blaming the crime on the feeling of being a victim supplied by outside sources (libruls). I'm saying, but wait, your entire politics is based on playing the victim (of libruls), which is manifestly true. If some white dude knifes a bunch of people, you would tend to blame the person himself, right, and not some collective political experience he's having?

    I could go further and say that it's sick and pathetic for you guys to be propping up victims of attempted murder in an attempt to score cheap political points in the FOX News victimology game you engage in on a constant basis.

    It never occurs to you, of course, that Muslims in Trump's America actually might have good cause to feel like victims. You're too busy going along with his unhelpful rhetoric of painting all Muslims as suspect.

  • Atanarjuat||

    "You're incorrectly blaming liberals for making Muslims feel like victims."

    "I, a liberal, believe that Muslims have legit reasons to feel like victims."

  • Zero Sum Game||

    Shhhhh! Don't interrupt the sermon of cognitive dissonance. It's just now getting good!

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    Tony, what injustice that this dude experienced justified going out and stabbing people?

    However, you do have a point that numbskulls like John focus on this guy's group identity (Muslim), as they always do, in contrast to the numerous mass murders committed by white Christians, in which cases group identity is not important. The fact is that John is a hypocrite, and so are you. You guys should bond over that or something.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Tony, what injustice that this dude experienced justified going out and stabbing people?

    He saw on the news that Muslims were being oppressed in Burma.

    No, I don't know what the fuck that has to do with college students in the US, unless you're so far gone with collective guilt that you literally divide the world into (The Right Sort of) Muslim and Everyone Else, and believe that any wrong done by a member of the latter group can be avenged upon any other member of that group on the planet.

  • John||

    However, you do have a point that numbskulls like John focus on this guy's group identity (Muslim), as they always do, in contrast to the numerous mass murders committed by white Christians, in which cases group identity is not important. The fact is that John is a hypocrite, and so are you. You guys should bond over that or something.

    He didn't do this because he happened to be a Muslim. He did it because he was a Muslim and he felt it was his religious duty. That is fundamentally different than Ted Bundy killing people and also being white. We are talking in the one case of an ideology encouraging and being used by people as justification for murder and in the other the skin tone of people whose motivations had nothing to do with the color of their skin or religion.

    It if pretty rich to be called a numbskull by someone who can't grasp that difference. If you want to call me stupid, fine. But earn the right to do that by being something besides a retard first. As it is, you are unworthy of calling me anything. I have more brain cells to spare on a night of drinking than you have in your entire head.

  • John||

    in contrast to the numerous mass murders committed by white Christians,

    Name a single mass murder committed in this country in the last 50 years that was motivated by the fact that the guy was white and Christian. Did your parents know their son died at birth?

  • Henry||

    Oh, damn. As much as I respect your side in this argument, you blew this one.

    Buford Furrow. White Christian, anti-Semite, mass murderer.

  • Johnimo||

    It's only a "mass murder" if you consider one person a "mass." While he wounded several people (five, to be exact) he only murdered one person.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    I nominate Tony for victim-in-chief of Reason: H&R. He understands the victims the best of all of us. His words of wisdom come to us not through a keyboard or mouse, but from the soft patter of tears upon the true human interface device of love and social justice that connect us all to the plight of all others. It forms a web of tears flowing forth from a failed coronation.

    Are we not human? If you vote against us, do our tears not flow? Have you no compassion? Are you a heartless libertarian who thinks only of greed, whose heart is a hole that only money and the suffering of others can fill?

    Who will stand with Tony against the evil of the Republican who says, "The accumulated filth of all their microaggressions and shaming will foam up about their waists and all the socialists and politicians will look up and shout "Bake a wedding cake for us!"... and I'll whisper "no."

  • Tony||

    Baking a cake, even though it's already your job, is of course not a microaggression, but a true assault on individual liberty.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    Yea, verily my brother. I shall cross-stitch these words of wisdom and hang them above my hearth so that all who pause to take comfort in my home may see them and know that they are loved.

  • deepspeed||

    Baking a cake, even though it's already your job, is of course not a microaggression, but a true assault on individual liberty.

    What is your position on raping prostitutes?

  • roversaurus||

    Brilliant!

  • gaoxiaen||

    Theft of services?

  • Jury Nullification||

    "What is your position on raping prostitutes?"

    Doggy style. I don't want them to see me cumming.

  • Brian||

    I'm a fair, even-handed kind of guy, and I suggest we all do the same.

    Let's criticize both leftists and republicans for playing the victim as the whiny adult-children they are, when they choose to do so.

    Now, let's see whether that hits democrats or republicans hardest, especially with the coming of the Trump.

  • ace_m82||

    Failing to do what I order your to do is a true assault on individual liberty. Failing to be a willing slave = assaulting individual liberty.

    That's some next-level double-speak.

  • Long Woodchippers||

    Baking a cake isn't an issue. However, doing wedding cakes requires the vendor to be at the reception to at a minimum set things up. Same thing with wedding photos - the photographer has to be onsite, being a part of the ceremony.

  • bacon-magic||

    Zero is now my hero.

  • Atanarjuat||

    "you guys"

    Proceeds to list things no one here has ever done or said.

    However much you get paid to troll here, you're stealing from them.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Just what drugs are you on, rent-boy? I ask so that I can advise others to avoid them.

    -jcr

  • A Thinking Mind||

    Careful of projection, or of attempting to define a group when you aren't a member. I almost never watch Fox News, for instance. I won't say never, because I found that they had great coverage on election night, but too often they see a narrative that they like and they latch onto it. MSNBC is exactly the same, but with different narratives.

  • Grab 'em by the panocha||

    The thing I can't get past is that you guys, rightwing FOX News junkies, play the victim like nobody else. It's all you ever do. It's the sum total of Republican politics.

    Huhwha?? I thought this was a Libertarian website and the majority of people who comment here are libertarians. Am I missing something or should i just avoid feeding the troll?

  • Suicidy||

    All the more reason to demonize progressives and their crap. Form a modern version of HUAC and start rooting out all the subversive behavior in our schools, Hollywood, the federal government (IRS abuses, EPA over reach, etc.). Attacks like these, the rioting, the threats, all give us a totally valid pretext to go after them.

    If we don't, they will eventually slip another Clinton, or Obama into office. Maybe next time we don't come back from that. Destroy them now, while we can.

  • Christophe||

    Yeah, because the best way to stop the progressives is to:

    1. Build a new Congressional committee for thought policing.
    2. Never ever lose Congress ever.

    Genius plan.

  • Zeb||

    Nah, most unstable people who get the psychobabble just become internet feminists.

  • Mr. Flanders||

    ^This. Its inaccurate to say that because of this anecdote, we can assume that microagression classes will cause people to become violent. Its a similar line of reasoning that tries to connect violence in video games to real world violence.

  • Zeb||

    "passive"?

    And the classes aren't to protect you. They are where you are told how much of a victim you are. They turn you into someone who needs to be protected.

  • DOOMco||

    yeah. reinforced thoughts by parents and teachers is a little different than a fantasy video game, book or movie.

  • Zeb||

    And it's the line of reasoning that is similar.

    "Some people commit violent acts after playing video games|attending victimology classes. Therefore those things cause people to commit violent acts".

  • Mr. Flanders||

    I think it would make more sense to day microagression classes leads people to become progressives, not to become killers.

  • Long Woodchippers||

    The goal of these classes is to teach students how to divide the population into either victims or oppressors, thus wiping out any individual responsibility of victims.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    The obvious question is: does focusing unstable people like him on SJW psychobabble actually create the very problem they claim they want to solve?

    Probably the fundamental mantra of racist movements is: "You're a member of race A, and race B has harmed you." So, yeah, it creates the very problem they claim they want to solve.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    Yes, except that he was getting trained to kill Trump supporters, not the SJWs who are doing the training!

    To say that their plan backfired would be a yuge understatement.

  • Suicidy||

    Time to put those SJW's on a blacklist.

  • Radioactive||

    who says they want to solve a "problem"?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The assignment, worth 15 percent of his grade, required students to find a dozen examples of microaggressions on social media and explain which identity groups were the victims, according to the syllabus.

    In my day we had to watch movies in the class offering an easy A.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I took a philosophy class where we were required to write our thoughts in a journal, but some days we wouldn't have any thoughts to share, and that was okay.

  • Hugh Akston||

    I took a Buddhist philosophy course where we were required to sweep the campus with brooms. I was the only one who did it and I got an A.

  • Mike Laursen||

    The more I think about it, I really like this class idea.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Practicing physical meditation like that teaches you more about buddhism than reading any number of sutras.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Can I do it with a shop vac?

  • GILMORE™||

    I was the only one who did it

    Everyone else was busy meditating on the koan about one-hand-clapping, and why they were paying money to act as janitors.

  • Henry||

    As someone who needs some commercial cleaning done, I like that class idea too. How would your college feel about establishing a co-op internship program?

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    That's awesome, Hugh.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    I took a philosophy class where we were required to ruminate upon the assigned reading in an online forum.

    One topic was "feminist epistemology" and I did as required. I was also subjected to the whining of a couple of women about the sexism inherent in their jobs and how one of them was mad that she was paid less than many of the men who worked with her. The reason: their jobs required heavy lifting and hers did not.

    I politely ignored the stupidity of their argument (equal pay for equal work, ladies) and tried to steer them back on course of discussing epistemology, to see if they even understood what the word meant and that they were in no way discussing the subject at hand. They didn't have anything more to say. I guess they probably went off to fume about my 'mansplaining' or something, but I was glad not to hear it.

  • ||

    In my day we had to watch movies in the class offering an easy A.

    I figured all the white students would be entirely unable to find but a handful of microaggressions. But you're right, it was easy to spot your white privilege!

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    I would pick out 15 examples of white men being microagressed.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    +1 two weeks of Roots in social studies while the teacher drank in the back of the classroom

  • Libertarian||

    "The assignment, worth 15 percent of his grade, required students to find a dozen examples of microaggressions on social media and explain which identity groups were the victims, according to the syllabus."

    Be honest. Would you rather die in a blaze of fire in a "suicide by cop" scenario, or finish writing that paper?

  • straffinrun||

    If he came to this comment section, that paper would write itself.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    Yeah, we should all get automatic As. Just in this thread, I count 17 microaggressions against the knife stabbers identity group.

    Also, is the fact that the Reason comment spell checker underlines "microaggression" as an unrecognized dictionary word itself a microaggression? Discuss.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    Wait, is "knife stabber" on the gender identity axis? Or is it a racial identity? Or is it occupational identity?

  • Lee Genes||

    Die or finish an no-brainer assignment that will take no more than 30 minutes?

  • Sevo||

    So does he get credit for a macro?

  • Je suis Woodchipper||

    "demonstrate an appreciation for other points of view and cultures."

    LOL

    reminds me of Private Joker:

    I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture... and kill them.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    What grade would you get if the identity group you identified as a "victim" was somebody like "Christians"?

  • GILMORE™||

    Oh, even better = all the examples he offered the professor? Were people on Jihad-Twitter celebrating the deaths of 'Jews and Crusaders' in Arabic.

  • gaoxiaen||

    You misspelled "sons of dogs and monkeys".

  • LynchPin1477||

    Most college students probably are. I mean, I'd be surprised if it wasn't required at this point. No going to read too much into this.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Isn't it ironic? Don't you think? A little too ironic? Yeah...I really do think.

  • ||

    "10,000 spoons....but all he needed was a knife...."

  • ||

    A dozen? Looks like he ended a few short. B minus!

  • Get To Da Chippah||

    How awkward.

    Jay Sherman agrees.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Unfortunately I think he failed his driver's ed and cutlery projects. The real trick in college is learning how to balance different assignments.

  • Lee Genes||

    According to the syllabus, the point of the microaggressions project is to make students "recognize the role of social diversity" and "demonstrate an appreciation for other points of view and cultures except for those of white men."
  • Ayn Random Variation||

    Lol, that answers my above question. At this rate we might have an actual nazi become president next time.

  • Longtobefree||

    She was defeated

  • Lee Genes||

    At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

    Identify micro-aggressions within their daily lives and within society as a whole.
    Define power, privilege, value systems and difference and be able to identify their different forms.
    Recognize the commonalities and differences that exist among people and cultures and how these factors influence their relationship with others.
    Demonstrate a personal ethic geared towards civic responsibility.
    Identify ways in which they can challenge or address systems of power and privilege.
    Demonstrate an appreciation for other points of view and other cultures.
    Recognize the influence of culture on communication and be willing to address any difference of one's own culture and communication style.
    Use observation, conflict management, dialogue, and active listening as a means of understanding and engaging with others.
    Discuss how they will be socially just global citizenship as part of their lifelong learning.
  • straffinrun||

    Say, "For here or to go?"

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    Why aren't you breeders who are paying for your kids to take this nonsense storming universities and stringing up the assholes who come up with this shit?

  • Lee Genes||

    Because I would never pay for my kid to take that. If they want to do it on their own dime, that's fine, but Thanksgiving is going to be rough.

  • Tundra||

    I find these stories to be helpful in winnowing the huge list of potential schools (along with FIRE). Also, it makes me kind of happy that these snowflakes will be my kids' competition. My son has started visiting schools and I can assure you that while this shit seems to be happening at a lot of big schools, I've seen none of it. It helps that my son is kind of an engineering dork, as well.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    makes me kind of happy that these snowflakes will be my kids' competition.


    Amen to that.

  • ||

    Why aren't you breeders who are paying for your kids to take this nonsense storming universities and stringing up the assholes who come up with this shit?

    I've got some time and I'm fairly certain that if I wait long enough, the right institutions will either erect walls or burn themselves to the ground of their own accord.

  • Trainer||

    Because the government is actually paying for it for most kids.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    you mean giving loans to kids...

  • Trainer||

    Loans that will never be paid off and various grants. On top of that, parents have no say with the schools about which classes their kids are taking even if they are paying for them.

  • B.P.||

    That's where the storming and stringing up comes in, I guess.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    most parents have no idea that these classes are required. check out The Diversity Myth by Sacks and Thiel; this may have started at Stanford, and what Stanford does, the Ohio States of the world are happy to emulate.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    I don't think this was a required course at The OSU. At least it better not have been.

  • DOOMco||

    they require some number of credits in these areas. from there, students have to pick between micro aggressions or a philosophy class. maybe sociology. they aren't forced into the micro aggression one, but at some point its the only thing left in the time slot.

  • Zeb||

    Sounds like your grade depends on swallowing their ideology (or doing a good job of pretending). That's fucked up.

  • Henry||

    Welcome to Catholic School. :-(

  • Long Woodchippers||

    But parents know it's Catholic School when they send their kiddos there. It's what they're expecting when they write the check.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    Recognize the influence of culture on communication and be willing to address any difference of one's own culture and communication style.

    Caught between bigotry on the one hand and cultural appropriation on the other: damned if you do, damned if you don't.

  • ||

    "Demonstrate a personal ethic geared towards civic responsibility."

    Yeh. We see plenty of those on Youtube and Liveleak. Kinda like Melissa 'I need some muscle in me' Click.

  • thom||

    This class awards college credits? Just like a math or literature course?

  • ||

    Dibs! I call dibs on this microaggression!

  • PapayaSF||

    +1

  • straffinrun||

    Wonder if the names on that group list are the same as the victims' names. It may explain the self-radicalization.

  • GILMORE™||

  • Lee Genes||

    The professor i stealing material from my derp list...

    Readings Due:
    • *Egan, L. (2012). I'm not a "person with a disability:" I'm a disabled person. Retrieved from http://www.xojane.com/issues/i.....led-person
    • *Zeilinger, J. (2015). 6 forms of ableism we need to retire immediately. Retrieved from http://mic.com/articles/121653......rW5xtOHsx
  • Lee Genes||

    • Hehir, T. (2013). Toward ending ableism in education. In M. Adams, W. J. Blumenfeld, C. R. Castaneda, H. W. Hackman, M. L. Peters, & X. Zuniga (Eds.), Readings for diversity and social justice (pp. 514-517). New York, NY: Routledge.
    • *Whitestone, S. (2014). 4 ways to be an ally to people with invisible disabilities. Retrieved from http://everydayfeminism.com/20.....abilities/
  • Rational Exuberance||

    "That narrow-minded assumption that all individuals with disabilities need and want certain things,"

    I'm confused. Should I or shouldn't I assume that "individuals with disabilities" want "[wheelchair ramps,] braille, seeing-eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic workspaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions ... class note-takers"?

  • Henry||

    Never assume they want them. That is for the federal government to assume, and to fine you up the wazoo if you don't provide them regardless.

  • Chipwooder||

    A syllabus that has links to Mic, XO Jane, and.....EVERYDAYFUCKINGFEMINISM?

    I didn't think my opinions of current college "courses" could sink lower, but never say never.

  • DOOMco||

    meanwhile, you can't use Wikipedia.
    /half sarc

  • Derpetologist||

    Somewhat OT:

    Whenever there is a terrorist attack, Reason often emphasizes that the odds of being killed by a terrorist are very low. However, whenever there is case of police brutality, Reason does not emphasize how rare that is.

    I was talking to a relative who is a cop over Thanksgiving and when the subject of police abuse came up, he brought up this very argument. Police have millions of interactions with citizens each year and less than 1% involve any use of force and much less than 1% of those cause injury or death. Does that excuse police abuse when it occurs? Of course not.

    The odds of being a victim of X are irrelevant to the moral implications of X. When an airliner crashes, the fact that the vast majority of the airline's flights arrive safely is irrelevant to the culpability of the airline in the specific case.

    Meanwhile, some dingbat at OSU is outraged that some OSU students are relieved the attacker was killed:

    "Abdul Razak Ali Artan was a BUCKEYE, a member of our family. If you think it is okay to celebrate his death and/or share a photo of his dead body and I see it in my timeline I will unfriend you," read a posting on Stephanie Clemons Thompson's Facebook page.
  • GILMORE™||

    Abdul Razak Ali Artan was a BUCKEYE, a member of our family

    The Ohio State Ummah

    The effectiveness of a doctrine should not be judged by its profundity, sublimity or the validity of the truths it embodies, but by how thoroughly it insulates the individual from his self and the world as it is.'

    - Eric Hoffer

  • KER||

    "Police have millions of interactions with citizens each year and less than 1% involve any use of force and much less than 1% of those cause injury or death."

    Just curious, but did you point out that this very argument can be used against the police and their supporters who claim there is a "War on Cops" or claim that the police are in constant danger at every moment they are on the job? Police have millions of interactions with citizens each day, and rarely does that cause injury or death to the police. Why do they think they put their lives on the line every day? I asked this of a police officer who was making the argument you described. He told me I wouldn't understand, since I wasn't a police officer. I told him I understood cognitive dissonance very well, but he just looked confused.

  • commodious got a stew going||

    A friend asked how to spell innuendo, so I told him it doesn't work if you spell it out.

  • Mr. Flanders||

    "You wouldn't understand, since you aren't X" is the argument everyone uses when they don't have a leg to stand on.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    haha. I have a friend who is a lobbyist in DC who won't discuss politics with people who live outside the beltway, because

  • MarkLastname||

    Hmm, and yet I'm guessing the policies he lobbied for get imposed on people who aren't in the beltway.

  • Henry||

    ...because only people inside the Beltway ever fall for his arguments.

  • gaoxiaen||

    You wouldn't understand because you're not horny.

  • Jordan||

    The odds of being a victim of X are irrelevant to the moral implications of X

    Which is why Reason doesn't make such arguments with respect to morality. They emphasize the odds of dying in a terrorist attack to point out that we don't need to institute a police state to be safe (and to point out that not even a police state will keep us safe).

  • Zeb||

    I think that the difference is that the problem with police misconduct isn't so much that it is a significant danger to your average person. And also that with terrorism the responses proposed often involve significant restrictions of freedom and privacy, so you have to weigh the costs of those things against the danger of an attack.
    The better (IMO) ways of dealing with police misconduct, on the other hand, mostly come down to holding individuals responsible for their actions and changing the law in ways that enhance liberty.

    So, if you look at a cost/benefit analysis of each situation, you get very different answers. Reforming the police is good, no matter how much danger they pose to any individual. Doing whatever it takes to fight terrorism, you need to consider a lot more if it's worth the cost.

  • Lee Genes||

    The issue is not how common the occurrence of police abuse is (although that is a consideration), it is what happens when there is an occurrence.

  • commodious got a stew going||

    DO NOT SHARE THIS POST

    Stephanie Clemons Thompson is an idiot whose paycheck would be better spent retiling the dorm bathrooms in avocado green, and whose compassion is about as welcome as dumping scalding hot coffee on my scrotum.

    DO NOT SHARE THIS POST

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    If you think it is okay to celebrate his death and/or share a photo of his dead body and I see it in my timeline I will unfriend you,

    *googles photos to share with his timeline*

  • Radioactive||

    I shared with THE WORLD...sorry Steph!

  • Akira||

    "If you think it is okay to celebrate his death and/or share a photo of his dead body and I see it in my timeline I will unfriend you"

    Jesus no! Anything but that!!

  • colorblindkid||

    Congratulations, Robby, for not adding the obligatory "while there is some reason for a class on microaggressions to exist" disclaimer. I am proud. This story, and the media's narrative/silence about it, can not get any more ridiculous.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    must have been written before his morning coffee

  • Radioactive||

    morning derp or morning wood?

  • Rhywun||

    None of these students responded to a request for comment.

    I'd like to know their thoughts on taking a class that is clearly designed for kindergarteners.

  • John||

    All forms of collective violence and evil are in some way a cult of the victim. Making collective judgements about people is not necessarily malevolent. You can make positive judgements just as easily as you can make negative ones. To make collectivism truly evil and malevolent you need to create a reason to make bad judgements about the other groups. And the way you do that is make one group feel like a victim of the other.

    Radical Islam is just another Utopian collectivist ideology like Communism and Fascism. If anything is driving its rise in the west, it is the Western left's obsession with victimhood. The Western Left tells Muslims they are victims of oppression and racism and radical Islam steps in and tells them what to do about it.

  • american socialist||

    "If anything is driving its rise in the west, it is the Western left's obsession with victimhood."

    I don't know John. If there's a real obsession going on it seems like it comes from people like you that are obsessed by being victimized by college classes and SJWs. Poor you... people just call you racist when you say making collective judgements is ok. They don't understand the real you.

  • Brian||

    Oh, hi. How you doing, racist?

  • american socialist||

    You see what I'm talking about, John. I've been accused of being a racist for like a googaplex number of years because I said that "nail salon owners" might have been organized by a right-wing business group and had their signs painted by Robby Soave. I understand the way you feel about people calling you racist.

  • Brian||

    Poor baby. Boohoo.

  • ||

    Tony and AmSoc pop up in the same thread at the same time with the same opinion.

    What a coincidence.

  • MarkLastname||

    Maybe they're lovers and they share the same computer? They take turns: one comments in Firefox and the other in chrome so they don't have to keep logging in and out.

  • Rhywun||

    I just assumed it was because all socialists are racists. Putting people in categories is kind of their thing.

  • John Titor||

    If only you could stick those nail salon kulaks in the gulags like you want to do with Muslims, right?

  • John||

    Those people victimize each other. They don't victimize me.

  • american socialist||

    An obvious misreading of the course syllabus. The group project needs to be changed to investigating nano-, pico-, or femto-aggressions

  • John||

    That was actually pretty funny. 2016's trip to bizzaro world continues.

  • american socialist||

    I reverted to form above, John. You are a magnificent asshole.

  • commodious got a stew going||

    amsoc prefers his aggressions macro; genocidal, even.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Planck-scale aggression -- if anyone tries to actually observe it, it disappears back into the vacuum.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It's performance art, all the way down.

  • Eternal Blue Sky||

    So... the more that comes out about this story, the less it seems like typical Islamist extremism and more a guy indoctrinated by SJW nonsense into seeing enemies everywhere and lashing out accordingly.

  • John||

    The two are not mutually exclusive and in fact self supporting.

  • Longtobefree||

    Really? they have to TEACH whining to these kids?
    Memo to Trump: on the third day of your term, eliminate all college loans, grants, assistance or anything else from the federal government. Repeal title 9 in its entirety, and claim half a bazillion dollars in savings.

  • Rhywun||

    I would literally dance in the street if that happened.

  • Radioactive||

    naked?

  • Rhywun||

    Seeing as it will never happen... sure why not.

  • Brian||

    The SJW ad wizards really screwed up with "micro aggression."

    Yeah, I get it: it's fun pretending oppression is in small, imaginary things, too.

    However, pick a name for it that doesn't sound synonymous with "butt hurt nitpicking."

    Because that's what I think every time I see "microaggression."

  • SugarFree||

  • commodious got a stew going||

    There ought to be a rule like Robert Conquest's that any idea promulgated by lefties will inevitably be used to badger and beat their ideological opponents, however benign its origin.

  • american socialist||

    "Because that's what I think every time I see "microaggression"

    Is that like getting upset at people who find it remarkable that recent Asian immigrants have protest signs with such precise and idiomatically-correct slogans? I say we all should relax, brother.

  • Brian||

    "I say we should all relax, brother."

    Yeah, but only when it's convenient for you.

    You'll gladly stop relaxing and start lumping people into racist as soon as you can't think of anything smarter to say.

  • gaoxiaen||

    They're not nits, they're crabs.

  • Ron||

    If your required to find aggressions you will find them

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    *you're

  • Tionico||

    more agression!! Stop it. STOP IT I SAY!!!!!
    Criticising another's grammar is a slap on their education.... or lack of it.

  • ||

    But he's gonna ace his Knifero Aggressions class, amirite?

  • FD||

    "How awkward."

    Wow, that's some real outrage there, Robby.

  • ||

    Pitch perfect snark, actually. You could learn something, FD.

  • Apple||

    He's a Pakistani immigrant now? I've been away from the story for a couple days, but last time I checked in he was a Somali refugee. His name has changed a couple times too, not to mention the whole active shooter/knife wielder thing. I half expect to find out this happened at Michigan State when I check back in a few days.

  • ||

    OK, I don't think Reason is doing primary (on-the-ground) reporting here, but doing secondary reporting (relying on the reporting and press releases of others). The initial info about the shooter was provided by OSU and/or the police so the blame would best be directed at those organizations. "Michigan State" - brilliant, you picked one of the facts that is totally known and unlikely to change to whine about.

  • Rhywun||

    I didn't read this as a dig on Reason but on the media in general. I was going to make the same point re: Somali is now Pakistani.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I agree.

  • Apple||

    Jokes, dude. And not even at Reason's expense.

  • MarkLastname||

    Jokes are not welcome here. We are all Very Serious People.

  • Tionico||

    seriously? Come ONNNN, man.. you're having me on.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    The Michigan State thing was solid, grade A sarc. C'mon, man.

  • JaimeRoberto||

    He was a JC transfer from Karachi to *The* Islamic State.

  • GILMORE™||

    *The* Islamic State.

    ok, that's pretty good.

  • JJafar||

    1. If I am not wrong, he a Somali refugeee not a Pakistani immigrant.
    2. Robby : I think you are onto something here. The Modus Operandi for most radical Islamic terror recruiting groups, according to investigating authorities, is actually to radicalize by recounting and sharing all perceived injustices inflicted at a group level and showcase how unfair the world has been and goading them into action. In other words the microaggression class created a persuasion environment. Of course we need to wait for forensics and other details to actually understand what happened

  • Rhywun||

    radicalize by recounting and sharing all perceived injustices inflicted at a group level and showcase how unfair the world has been and goading them into action.

    The Democratic party figured this out decades ago.

  • MarkLastname||

    He was a Somali who spent time in Pakistan.

    So technically i guess I'm a German imm Grant even though I was born here.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The purpose of the class is to promote "intercultural leadership" and transform students into "actively engaged, socially just global citizen/leaders." It seems to go well beyond merely educating students, though—it actually requires them to become social justice activists

    Required for graduation, one hopes.

    It would be a tragedy if they missed the opportunity to indoctrinate everyone in the error of their ways.

  • PapayaSF||

    This is a perfect storm of utopian thinking and leftist failure.

    "Helping refugees is being nice. Taxpayers can pay for it."

    "Bringing in Muslims especially shows how nice we are, and will aid in mutual understanding and reduce racism! And help create a diverse society, which our ideology tells us will make things better!"

    "Taxpayers will also put the Muslim guy through college, because education is good! And we'll teach him about racism and microaggressions, which will also help improve society."

    "Oh no, he turns into a terrorist? More anti-racism teaching is needed to reduce Islamophobia! And at least we now have Obamacare, so the victims can be sure of getting medical care!"

  • BYODB||

    I was with you right up until the last point, but I don't disagree as much as I'm not convinced on the first sentence. The rest of the last point rings pretty true to me.

    Nice synopsis, it tracks with what my leftist friends believe for sure.

    After all, if you disagree with the way the left wants to run a program you're against the thing they want to help fix at all you see. It's almost like simple two-value logic instead of modern reasoning.

  • John||

    http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8450

    Elsewhere, the SJW hive has started to turn on the white women. "Feminism" is now "white supremacy".

    University of California, Los Angeles students were treated to a dinner dialogue this month on the topic of "white feminism" and its relation to white supremacy.
    The topic was chosen due to a widespread perception that the term "feminism" is most frequently applied to white women, while the concerns of black women are generally treated as a separate, racial issue.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    Obviously, Democrats and progressives are eager to rid themselves of another group of voters. Gay white males are also increasingly being ostracized by gay organizations.

  • John||

    They are in a death spiral of fanaticism. They have based everything on achieving the feeling of moral superiority by fighting some designated other. The problem is that quickly becomes self defeating. Once you run out the designated other, you no longer have anyone to feel morally superior to. So to keep the entire thing from falling apart, they designate a new other. As each new enemy is kicked out of the group, the group gets smaller.

  • Rhywun||

    I'm not sure they're ostracizing whites so much as non-leftists. These organizations are all pretty much arms of the DNC at this point.

  • Tony||

    You could try ignoring the handful of anecdotes of academic discussions on power dynamics. Or you could go on letting fat men on the radio tell you that you're a cowering victim of such. Even though not one of these things has ever actually affected you in any way, except to make you stupid. Know when you're being had John.

  • John||

    Sure Tony. The knock is going to come at your door some day. You are a white man. The fact that you are gay isn't going to save you forever. Your turn at being the oppressor is coming.

  • Tony||

    If you understood this subject at all you'd know that I am already the oppressor along every identity line save the gay one.

    What I've learned is that understanding internally what it's like to be a member of a minority group means I am steeled against many oppressions that come, while you and other hetero white men who watch too much rightwing cable collapse like damp underwear at the slightest perception of a millimeter's encroachment on your dominance, a phenomenon called "white fragility."

    You would of course be a joke for denying this considering every single thing you've posted on this board, and pretty much every other political opinion you've ever expressed, is just this. You're whining about academic forums conducted by people you'll never meet in places you'll never go. As if it affects you in any way. But you're never the pathetic one. Your silly gripes about tiny things are legitimate, of course.

  • Radioactive||

    project much there, Tony? damp underwear?

  • Free Society||

    Wow. You're so noble for recognizing your oppressor status. I too think you racist, bigoted, thieving leftists are oppressors. But not just any oppressors, you're blight on humanity.

  • ant1sthenes||

    So, people who defend their accustomed rights are "fragile", but you've heroically learned from the oppressed the glory of being a victim. Exactly the sort of mindset oppressors would prefer you to cultivate.

  • Tionico||

    so why the hoble sacrifice to exempt the quire category from your oppressions? Got a specisl "soft spot" for those folks?

  • Rational Exuberance||

    If you understood this subject at all you'd know that I am already the oppressor along every identity line save the gay one.

    Oh, come on Tony, you may secretly wish you were privileged and powerful, but in reality, you are weak and helpless, despite having light skin and a penis.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    Please let this catch on. Let them divide themselves and conquer themselves. Bereft of anything worthwhile to contribute to society, their edifice must crumble eventually.

  • Henry||

    One of the saddest things about contemporary leftist humanity is how long they dither and procrastinate before invariably turning on and consuming each other.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The assignment, worth 15 percent of his grade, required students to find a dozen examples of microaggressions on social media and explain which identity groups were the victims, according to the syllabus.

    The fuck? The FUCK?

  • ||

    All they need to do is read the comments here.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Please let us know if we leave anyone out.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Really. 15 percent should require 15 microagressions.

  • Tionico||

    find, imagine, or make up?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Why won't people focus on the true atrocity here. Abdul's feelings were hurt.

  • Radioactive||

    esp. when the bullets entered his body!

  • Tionico||

    but that did not last long, fortunately for him.. and the rest of us.

  • Tony||

    I see reason is departing from its usual stance of not blaming terrorism on silly political bugbears. Though it would be quite an ironic oversight for a class on microagression not to mention the problems of actual aggression.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Are people throwing rotten vegetables at your short bus? That's just not right, and I'll be the first to condemn it.

  • Tony||

    Guns don't kill people, microaggression classes kill people.

  • DOOMco||

    that and a large knife.

  • Radioactive||

    and a car.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Medicaid and the VA are pretty good at it too.

  • Henry||

    And don't forget Chicago, although we all agree that's the fault of straight white male people.

  • WhatAboutBob||

    I'm surprised Reason hasn't published an article from Shikha Dalmia telling us how immigration is great and this has nothing to do with immigration.

  • Tony||

    It has to do with whatever your particular political obsession is, obviously.

    I blame climate change.

  • MarkLastname||

    Glad you've decided to satirizing yourself, saves us the trouble.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Nice work, Robby.

    I hope Jezebel calls you out so this article will get even more attention.

  • Pay up, Palin's Buttplug!||

    Microaggresions are literally violence, therefore he was only engaging in self defense.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    This must be the new sense of "literal", which actually means "not literal"; kind of like the new sense of "liberal", which means "not liberal".

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I was a little reticent to speak on this event, but now that the guy's no longer a libertarian, I feel emboldened.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Gay white males are also increasingly being ostracized by gay organizations.

    Go join a country club, Whitey Whitebread.

  • ChipToBeSquare||

    We need common sense microaggression control

  • ||

    So basically he wasn't self-radicalized, he was SJW-radicalized.

  • DOOMco||

    Burn!
    /kelso

  • AlmightyJB||

    That was my first comment after this happened.

  • Radioactive||

    is going macro with your aggressions a fail?

  • BunkerBill||

    Final Grade: A+

  • tlapp||

    He quickly graduated to macro aggressions against anyone.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Trudeau Eulogy:

    Although a controversial figure, the Buckeye Jihadi gave his life to remind us all of the crucial importance of preserving our gun rights.

    -jcr

  • A Thinking Mind||

    Just saw a story suggesting that the San Bernadino shooter last year was "triggered" by having to attend a mandatory training session where they had Christmas decorations up. Like, a story that went into extreme, incredible detail on this crap while ignoring tons and tons of other relevant stuff, like the fact that he had conversations with his wife years earlier about jihad and being a martyr, or that they'd planned the attack for months.

  • ranrod||

    OSU jihadi: " By Allah, I am willing to kill a billion infidels "
    Why didn't the Muslims who saw this message report Artan to the police or the FBI?
    The post ends: " By Allah, I am willing to kill a billion infidels in retribution for a single DISABLED Muslim/ Musliman. "
    The post appears to show that Artan suggested people "screenshot" his message before it got taken down. In fact,
    what appears to have been his Facebook account is now offline..

    https://www.jihadwatch.org /2016/11/osu-jihadi-by-allah-i-am- willing-to-kill-a-billion-infidels

  • Alan@.4||

    Possibly the poor fellow couldn't tell the difference between "micro" and "macro". Who knows.

  • JLHalbleib||

    Artan is NOT from Pakistan, Somalia. Honest mistake, I'm sure...

  • Tionico||

    so now he's a Pakistani? I thought I read he was Somali.

    WHich is it> There is quite a big difference in idealogy and current direction between the two nations. In one sense, it does not matter much, though. Gotte love the way these moslem immigrants, legal or otherwise, tend to "integrate" into our culture......

  • SirBill||

    I guess he decided to turn in his assignment early.

  • fiftyville||

    Betcha he missed all the group meetings, too.

  • Miter Broller||

    Diversity of color, unity of thought! Now march in lockstep!

  • All Seeing Eye||

    We should be concerned with acts of macro aggression like his rather than "micro aggression" which is just another way of saying you are too much of a candy ass to handle speech that isn't of the authoritarian elitist lexicon.

  • Freedomist||

    Apparently, some students get so sensitized to micro-aggressions, they react with macro-aggressions. OSU should replace their micro-aggression courses with macro-aggression courses.

  • texexpatriate||

    I remember when colleges and universities required courses in American History, World History, Government, and so on---not crap such as microaggression and "inter-cultural leadership." For Pete's Sake!

  • XM||

    I've eaten a dog, a sparrow, and a turtle. When I mention this to libs, their reaction -

    "That's disgusting!"

    These leftist eunuchs lie through their teeth. They'll accept nothing that slights their progressive worldview. Their vision of diversity is everyone holding hands of color and singing Kumbaya. Most of the world actually resembles the Trump crowd - nationalist, populist, ethnocentric. If you can go beyond the politics, there are fascinating and challenging aspects of culture to be explored.

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