Are Microaggressions Real?

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary a “microaggression ” is:

“a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority)”

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Merriam-Webster defines “micro ” as:

“1 : very small” “especially : MICROSCOPIC”
” 2 : involving minute quantities or variations”

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So a microaggression is “very small ” or “minute ” aggression, and even more telling, may even be expressed without any conscious intent to offend. Basically if you say something that someone else twists into some “micro ” insult you have just committed a “microaggression.”

There is something seriously wrong about this concept. One of the worst things about it is that it doesn’t try to figure out what someone intended to communicate. It doesn’t try to interpret a comment in the the most generous and non-offensive way. It doesn’t give any benefit of the doubt. No, it means trying to interpret a comment based on the worst things one can possibly imagine, and no account is taken of the actual intent of the speaker. The only thing that apparently counts is how the hearer feels about it.

I think I understand what it is about though.

Real and overt racism by white people in America has declined drastically in my lifetime. The great majority of white people I know and interact with on a daily basis will condemn obvious racism by other white people. They will often go overboard in trying to assure others that they are tolerant and not racist. These same people will often bend over backwards, so to speak, to not condemn obviously racist and hateful views of some blacks.

But the narrative of the Democrats and the Left is that white racism is alive and well in America today. In their narrative white racism is growing and an existential threat to black people and the nation.

The self serving purpose of this should be obvious. Currently getting a very large portion of the black vote is essential for Democrats. Losing a very significant portion of the black vote could be an electoral disaster for the Democrats. Therefore it is essential to convince most black voters that the GOP is the KKK in disguise .

If you can’t find obvious racism you just have to make it up, to convert just about anything a white person can say into a “microaggression,” a “trigger, “or a “dog whistle.” You have extreme Leftists telling white people to “just shut up” because you can’t say anything constructive on the subject of race.

I reject that view. In fact I think there are white people who could have some very positive things to say to black people. They could say that today it is not your race that is holding you back. Often it is your attitudes fueled by the nonstop propaganda of the Left that convinces you that white people are your enemy.

I see professional black people every day in my work who are very successful. Employers, especially in larger businesses, will often go out of their way to hire black professionals to show their companies are integrated and not discriminatory.

But if you are a young black growing up in the slums of a large city, you will probably be terrorized if want to study and do well in school. You will be attacked as “acting white.” That is the barrier holding down many young blacks in these communities. It is their own racism and prejudice.

A lot of these young blacks need to learn to “act white” if by that you mean going to school, learning something useful, and seeking gainful employment in a legal job, not selling street drugs or running around in gangs.

In the meantime we have to realize that all of this talk about microaggressions, etc. is just a political strategy of the Left intended to demonize and silence anyone who disagrees with them. It is not real. It is largely made up. It is not intended to enlighten, but rather to foster guilt, and to foster fear, uncertainty and doubt.

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” -Ronald W. Reagan

Remember the “micro ” in “microaggression ” means they had to use a “ideological microscope ” to find them!

Reality and Reason are now Microaggressions

One basic principle of science and reason is that correlation doesn’t prove causation. For example, someone points out that females are under represented as mathematicians. Then you can count on some Social Justice Warrior (SJW) self righteously claiming this demonstrates “systemic bias” against females in the field of mathematics.

Reacting to a microaggression
Mental reaction to a microaggression

Nope that doesn’t prove any such thing. It could be true but it is not necessarily true. The reason may be that females are simply less interested in math for a number of reasons.

But whoa, that is a microaggression to challenge this Social Justice Warrior’s narrative! You might hurt someone’s feelings by pointing out the basic fact that correlation does not prove causation. There are a lot of potential factors that do not involve some sort of evil bias – see Why Men are better than Women at Math for one.

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The Modern American Witch-Hunt

More often than not the daily drum beat of the mainstream media is coming to look like an old fashioned witch-hunt aimed against Conservatives, MAGA folks, and those who are a threat to the Establishment (Democrat & Republican). The  most famous witch-hunt in America was the Salem Witch Trials:

“The episode is one of Colonial America’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria. It has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations, and lapses in due process.” –Wikipedia

I don’t think the Antifa folks on the Left who label anybody they disagree with as “Fascists” (while they act like true Fascists using violence and threats of violence) have too much problem with the idea of suspending any pretense of “due process” for Conservatives. At the same time we see the media, the new Inquisition, hounding anti-establishment Judge Roy Moore for supposedly offending some women over 38 years ago while largely ignoring the serial rapes and assaults of former President Bill Clinton:

“[Juanita] Broaddrick stated that Clinton raped her and that Hillary Clinton knew about it, and tried to threaten Broaddrick into remaining silent.” -Wikipedia

We can see the modern witch-hunt by Leftists most vividly on many modern college campuses. A speech by Milo Yiannopoulous, a gay Conservative activist, was canceled after Leftist violence erupted at UC-Berkely in California. Fox News has documented a number of similar incidents. Free speech by Conservatives is becoming more and more perilous. Many Leftists are now repeating the meme that just having Conservative ideas “creates a hostile space” for them.

According to the Washington Post, “A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes ‘offensive and hurtful statements.'” So I guess today many college students believe they have a right to be the “judge, jury, and executioner” of those who’s statements and beliefs they perceive as “hurtful” to their world view.

The real problem today is that more and more there is no “safe space” for civil disagreement in America and those who are largely responsible appear to be on the Left side of the political spectrum.