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:


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.