Ithaca, N.Y. — Several national news publications with conservative reputations have expressed alarm over a proposal at Ithaca College to create an online system for reporting “microaggressions.”
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The proposal was detailed in an Ithaca Voice interview with IC freshman Angela Pradhan, who says microaggressions are statements by a person from a privileged group that belittles or isolates a member of an unprivileged group, as it relates to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and more.
The idea drew skepticism various blogs and conservative publications.
“You got that? A system to report microaggressions will lead to more reports of microaggressions. Pretty sure that’s what happened in Salem during the witch-trial days,” wrote Reason.com’s Nick Gillepsie.
Here’s an incomplete round-up of those who took note:
- Reason.com | “Finally: An Anonymous, Online, Geo-Tagged System to Report Microaggressions at College!”
- Legal Insurrection | “Ithaca College Student Gov’t Votes for Microaggression Reporting System … Big Brother, Oh Brother.”
- The Daily Caller | “Ithaca Student Government Wants to Create Reporting System for ‘Microaggressions’”
- Hot Air | “Safety first! College moves to create online microaggression reporting system”
- Foundation for Individual Rights in Higher Education | Ithaca College’s Microaggressions Bill Labels Students ‘Oppressors’ for ‘Belittling’ Speech
- The College Fix | “Ithaca College Proposes ‘Microaggressions’ Reporting System”