At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Inclusive Excellence Center, they’ve got a growing list of words and phrases that they don’t want people to be using. The reason people shouldn’t be using these particular words and phrases is that they represent microaggressions. They define microaggressions as
“brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental humiliations, whether intentional or unintentional that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults” that are “typically based in assumptions and stereotypes.”
For instance, you can’t say “illegal alien,” because it
“fails to recognize the humanity of immigrants”
“asserts that only certain groups belong in the U.S.”
“ignores all factors that impact the decision to emigrate/immigrate and seek citizenship” and “has an overt anti-Latino bias.”
You can’t say “ghetto,” because it
“describes something or someone as cheap, worn out, poor, dangerous, etc.”
as it has
“reference to housing communities that are impoverished and that disproportionately impact people of color”
“associates people of color with these negative characteristics.”
Here’s a few more from their “Just Words?” campaign:
You might say that these language conventions revolving around “microaggressions” are ridiculous and just more evidence of the politically correct trash that college kids are being force-fed these days.
As it turns out, the term “politically correct” is…well…politically incorrect.
It might be hard to read, but is says that the term
“politically correct (PC)” is “typically used surrounding issues of social identities in an attempt to avoid offense. Over time PC has become a way to deflect, say that people are being too ‘sensitive’ and police language. It is disconnected from authentic understanding of impact.”
So there you have it. Even the term “politically correct” is an example of microaggression.
Ironically, the guy who heads up these campaigns had some choice words for Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul. Campus Reform reported:
[T]he man running the campaign, Warren Scherer, the director of the university’s Inclusive Excellence Center, has taken to Twitter to express his displeasure with Republican presidential candidates in a non-inclusive manner.
Scherer tweeted “f*** every fiber of your being” [except he actually spelled out the f-word] to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and also accused him of “pandering to Republican Jews.” Scherer, who identifies himself as an UWM employee on his twitter profile, also accused presidential candidate Rand Paul of courting “rich Jews.”
So, saying what he said to Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul is perfectly fine. But you can’t “lame” or “crazy,” because that might offend someone. Makes sense.