I recently received a response from one my readers asking me to reconsider my little “microaggression” on the article about microaggression. After re-reading the article, I think he’s absolutely right. The reason is that MOST (but not all) of the examples in the article are examples of truly racist remarks, and I don’t at all want to minimize how evil and damaging these things are, not only on campuses, but anywhere in society.
What I don’t appreciate about the article is the way it lumps gender issues into racism, which I think is offensive to minorities. Being surprised that someone is a lesbian “because you’re so feminine” is a result of culture’s own mass confusion about the nature of gender. And saying “you guys”is a microaggression is a result of our culture’s impoverished view of language and oversensitivity by those who currently hold the cultural cards.
However, I do not find ANY of the racist remarks in the article endorsable or acceptable in any way whatsoever.
So, if I’ve promoted racism, or offended my readers who are minorities and have experienced the oppression of racist remarks, please forgive me. No excuses.