They call it “micro-aggression.” And according to a student group at UCLA, it’s a form of racism. The group labels itself “Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color.” And they don’t appreciate “micro-aggressive” and nit-picking classmates and professors. They say it creates a “hostile class climate.”
So much so that this Students of Color group staged a “sit-in,” protesting white professors and classmates who dare correct capitalization and grammar mistakes made by other students whose skin happens to contain more melanin than others. In other words, these black students don’t like being corrected by white people. This student group wrote the following in a letter to the college:
“A hostile campus climate has been the norm for Students of Color in this class throughout the quarter as our epistemological and methodological commitments have been repeatedly questioned by our classmates and our instructor. [The] barrage of questions by white colleagues and the grammar ‘lessons’ by the professor have contributed to a hostile class climate.”
Their sit-in protest stemmed from several incidents, one of which involved Professor Val Rust telling a minority student not to capitalize the word “indigenous” in her papers. According to sit-in organizer Kenjus Watson, Rust’s correction was “ideologically motivated.” Obviously, Rust is a hate-filled racist bigot.
The Daily Caller noted another such incident that contributed to this “hostile class climate”:
Rust admitted that he likely made matters worse by not aggressively and proactively taking the side of a minority student who was engaged in an argument with a white female student. The minority student told the woman that she had no right to feel oppressed, and Rust did not express agreement either way.
“Two weeks ago a Student of Color and a white female student got into a big discussion,” said Rust. “She wants to use Standpoint Theory [a method of analysis coined by feminist sociologist Dorothy Smith, based on the idea that all knowledge is subjective and based on one’s position in society] in her dissertation, and the Student of Color told her she had no business claiming that she was a member of an oppressed group.”
“She came back saying there are all kinds of oppression. I likely did not handle the situation well, because I chose not to stop the discussion between them, so it went on for quite a while, and the Students of Color apparently interpreted my silence to mean I wasn’t supporting them.”
That’s right. If you remain silent and tolerant, that’s not good enough. You have to proactively take the side of the minority, or else you’re a racist and a bigot. And don’t dare make stylistic, grammar, capitalization, or spelling corrections on students who happen to be black either. That is the height of racism.