Snowflakes and microaggressions

The University of Arizona distributed a 20-page booklet to staff to address a serious snowflake issue called “microaggressions.” If you don’t have a clue what this is, the booklet offers a definition: “everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”

In other words, if you’re anything close to socially and emotionally healthy, keep clear of college campuses because saying or thinking the “wrong” thing can ellicit a snowstorm of snowflakes flipping out.

I was quite surprised to learn that university campuses have an “Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.” They actually have a Ph.D. whose primary function is to keep students in a cocoon of safety on campus so their ideas, beliefs, opinions are not challenged in a way that provokes or “triggers” them.

Jesus Trevino, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence at U of A, suggests victims of microagressions say, “Ouch.” When an infraction occurs. This lets the aggressor know he or she has given you a psychological ouchie and your feelings are hurt. The aggressor, upon hearing this word, replies with,”Oops.” This lets the victim know they understand the psychological boo-boo they have inflicted. At this point it’s okay for both the victim and aggressor to have milk and cookies and break into a chorus of “Kumbaya.”

As it turns out, microaggressions are “everyday” communications that trigger an unfavorable reaction in college students and, thus, are not fair game. I don’t know how these fruitcakes function in society, but word is it’s a very serious problem at universities and it’s taking educators like Jesus Trevino, who makes $214,000 a year for his great abilities, to devise working solutions to this madness. Interesting to note that U of A is a state university funded by taxpayer dollars.

I take it as my patriotic duty (less the red, white and blue, of course, as certain color combinations are triggers) to be pro-active in this area, and I’d like to add my two cents. I have thought long and hard about the red MAGA ball cap issue on college campuses. I mean, who else hasn’t lain awake all night with visions of red hats messing with their psychological head safety (PHS)? I’ve seen it on the news. Someone’s wearing a red cap that may or may not say, “make America great again,” and triggers start blasting off at record pace. Make no mistake that students who see red caps on campus are under direct threat and the red cap fiasco has got to end! In the meantime, I think educators such as Trevino should implement a “Red Hat Emergency Response Team” or RHERT. Red cap offenders must immediately be whisked away to prevent psychotic breakdowns of our fragile university snowflakes.

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