I’m surprised that students on university and college campuses in the 2010s, primarily in the United States, are actually demanding segregation. This would be segregated safe spaces.
The administration of the universities and colleges have the firmness of a wet noodle, and always quickly agree to the students’ demands.
I’m cautious of these American institution’s submission to the social justice students’ demands.
The students themselves know and state that they are the next generation that will be the university & college administration.
They will be the adults creating “Black & Brown” race-centered & queer-centered policies, and they will be the new Management, the Professors, and will be in HR. In short, they are the future leaders in institutions.
Now, it’s the Black & Brown Coalition at New York University that’s saying “Black & Brown” students.
It’s also funny that anyone who doesn’t identify with the Black Liberation Collective and the Collective also won’t identify that person as a member, the Collective would accuse that person as being racist for saying Black & Brown.
It’s a dangerous funny.
In my everyday life, I am race aware (not race blind), and have always been interested in people’s ethnicity, the country they came from (or if they were born in Canada), interested in their history from their country, their language, and their current experience while living in Canada. This is not microaggression. But being friendly, or the other term would be not racist.
However, I had to look up the word microaggression, and its meaning goes too far and includes “unintentional” racial slights and insults. Unintentional insults could be examples found from KIYUN KIM, Racial Microaggressions.
The curious, interested and surprised questions from people, which were “unintentional” and perceived as racial slights and insults by the Asian or Hispanic Millennial students, were about language:
“‘Can you read this?’ He showed me a Japanese character on his phone.”
“You don’t speak Spanish?”
I, honestly, am amazed at the students in their teens & 20s who actually are feeling offended by being asked if they could read Japanese. I have been asked if I could read French, and I wasn’t offended.
I also am incredulous that being asked if you speak or don’t speak Spanish is worth getting upset over. Again, I was asked if I could speak French, and that wasn’t a question worth trying to perceive as upsetting.
Anyway, I have asked the same question, “Do you speak Spanish?“.
The other person would say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and I would leave it at that.
Now if the other person had actually spent their emotions and thoughts to actually perceive my question as an insult, then the problem actually belonged to that person.
What does “The problem belongs to the other person” actually mean?:
This means that you intended fairness and friendliness, but the other person decided to feel and think that you meant unfairness and racism. This is what “the problem belongs to the other person” means.
The other person decided to feel negative.
That person could have decided to perceive you as being fair and friendly, but that person decided to fall back on their memory of past grievances and resentments.
That person decided to perceive you as another person who was going to cause them upset.
This would be called projection.