Micro aggressions demand micro apologies

by | February 20, 2014

It has been a while since I was in university, sure I’ve taken a course here or there, but it is not the same as being immersed in the … culture… sometimes the stupidity.

I’m not down on education. I am over-educated in the extreme, especially for my current job, but I wouldn’t trade any of it in for anything. You can’t really put a price on learning and the impact it can have your life. In many, many ways, learning is invaluable.

So, I’m pro-education, but against self-righteous stupidity.

“Honestly midterms get out of here,” Farnan wrote, followed by a .GIF image (which is sort of like a looped moving picture) of U.S. President Barack Obama walking away from a press conference and kicking down a door. The clip was obviously fake, created as part of a gag for the Tonight Show several years ago. But its inclusion in Farnan’s weekly email was enough to provoke a formal complaint to SSMU’s equity committee.

Ok, sure, sometimes we can say or do things that might lead to misunderstanding, misconstrued intent, or even hurt feelings. But simply being offended or uncomfortable with something doesn’t give you any moral authority.

Living with diversity means you need to grow a thick skin.

I’m all for making efforts to get along with others. But if your skin is tissue paper thin… you’re going to have a bad time. TFB.

One thought on “Micro aggressions demand micro apologies

  1. KC

    One of the most mind numbingly stupid stories I’ve seen a long time. If this is the standard we are to be held to perhaps it would be easier to just submit all of our social interactions for pre-screening to an “equity commissioner” for review. Quite frankly I don’t have a fast enough internal filter to meet that standard nor am I imaginative enough to predict that my words could be taken as a “micro aggression”.


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