Hey, if you’re a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, be sure to issue a trigger warning before you start dispensing Christmas presents later this year.
Because UNC, like the rest of academia, is run by hopelessly uptight, hypersensitive troll clowns.
In this case, the Tarheel powers-that-be have defined microagressions as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual orientation and religious slights and insults to the target person or group.”
Yeah. Just like your grandma taught you, right?
Anyhoo, rather than leaving things in the abstract with that definition, the UNC administrators cite specific examples of microagressions.
Among them: “Unit celebrations, academic calendars and encouraged vacations are organized around major religious observances.”
Yes, you’ve probably always realized that “unit celebrations” are a faux pas, but the university went out of its way to also warn people against talking too openly about “vacations [that] are organized around major religious observances.”
Gee, what could they be referring to?
Oh, wait. They tell us: The problem with open dialog about Christmas vacation is that it “further centers the Christian faith and minimizes non-Christian spiritual rituals and observances.”
And there you have it.
If there’s one thing you don’t want to do in a culture that enjoys almost two thousand years of Christian heritage, it’s to say something that “centers the Christian faith.”
We’ve come a long way, baby.